Fur Feathers and Fins Reception

Fur, Feathers & Fins is currently showing at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California, where I have three of my Birds & Teacup paintings. Juried by DeWitt Cheng, curator, critic and teacher, this exhibition explores a variety of approaches to depicting animals and our relationships to them from the purely representation evocations of them in their natural habitat to the utilitarian, metaphorical, symbolic, playful and even removed.  I can’t help but think about this subject matter in terms of the Anthropocene, how do we look at animals now that most of their worlds are impacted if not threatened by ours. Is the new wild, one of suburban back yards, zoos and laboratories? Something I think about anyway – Elizabeth Kolbert’s, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a great book on this subject! This show wraps up March 30, here are a few pictures from the opening reception, with links to artist’s websites, if available, when you click on their names.

Devan John, Gallery Manager of PAL announcing the awards.

First place went to Janey Fritsche for her oil on cradled panel,  Sea Shepherds.

Second Place was awarded to Ellen Kramer for her photograph Discarded.

Third Place was given to Maura Carta‘s oil on panel, Nose-less Bunny.

Honorable Mention for Ann Sismore’s photograph God’s Got Your Back.

A second Honorable Mention for Bob Carlin‘s digital print under resin,  Blue Footed Boobie .

A third Honorable Mention was awarded to Beka Brayer for her one of her Waiting for Wings mixed media assemblage pieces, details shown here.

Me with three of my Birds & Teacup paintings, Tea II, Petunia Tea I and Anemone Tea I.

Kathy Kleinsteiber and her acrylic portraits of animals.

May Shei – Joyful Moment – Watercolor on Rice Paper


Judy Kramer, Insect Photography – Fur Feathers and Fins

Linda Maki – Fish on Lahina Wharf – Oil on Canvas

Leah (Jay) Jakusovszky – Amphibian Illustrations

Oleg Lobykin‘s Sea Foam sculpture and a crow painting by Janey Fritsche.

Detail from Peter Koronakos‘s assemblage Penguin.

Jihoon Choi with his painted steel Pink Rhino and Yellow Giraffe.

I was delighted to become familiar with Jihoon Choi and his fantastic work!

To hear the Artist Talk he gave click on this link for the video I shot: Jihoon Choi – Artist Talk

Jihoon Choi photographs of his scupltures in Bay Area locations.

Fur Feathers & Fins Tonight!


Tonight is the FUR, FEATHERS & FINS exhibition, juried by DeWitt Cheng, Curator of Stanford Art Spaces,  at the Pacific Art League from 5:30 − 8:00 pm. I have three of my Birds & Teacup paintings in this show where a percentage of proceeds from sales will go to support the local Humane Society. I can’t wait to see this Pink Rhino #1 by Jihoon Choi!

Anemone Tea I  – oil on board – 12″x12″

Petunia Tea I – oil on board – 12″x12″

Magnolia Tea II  – oil on board – 12″x12″



John Seed’s Mashterpieces


John Seed is a painter, writer, curator and  professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California. He’s also pretty handy with Photoshop. He has written for the likes of Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Catamaran, Harvard Magazine, International Artist, Hyperallergic and Poets and Artists, Huffington Post and Hyperallergic.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting John Seed at the opening reception for his Mashterpieces on exhibit through May 15 at the Stanford Art Spaces, second floor of the Paul Allen Building Annex until May 12.

DeWitt Cheng, curator of Stanford Art Spaces with John Seed in front of a wall of playful and witty mashups from art history and contemporary times. These pieces were  skillfully created by combining Wikipedia common use images of art with those from contemporary news resulting in digitally manipulated photographs that are at once familiar and strange, amusing and unsettling. Notice how the light sources all line up and all the transitions are seamless! I like the way the artist refers to the mashups as “parlor games” which I think is so true, a kind of high minded amusement of guessing the artist, the painting and then decoding how it all reflects on the contemporary subjects that are inserted into these worlds. The more versed one is in their art history and current events – the more pleasure one gleans from the game.

Édouard Manet – A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders)

Giotto – St. Francis Preaching to the Birds (with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton)

The piece of Bernie preaching to the birds is a more recent work which is not included in the exhibit, but it’s go good,  just wanted to share it.

Michelangelo Merisi (Caravaggio) – The Sacrifice of Issac (with Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump)

John Singleton Copley – Paul Revere (replaced by Jeb Bush with his gun)

Michelangelo Merisi (Caravaggio) – The Lute Player (with Marco Rubio)

Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) – Portrait of a Young Man (with Ted Cruz)

Rembrandt – Bearded Man (with Headphones)

Jean-Léon Gérôme  – Diogenes (with Ai Weiwei)

This is my personal favorite. I find the portrait of the artist banished to live on the fringe of society, living in moral protest quite moving and how befitting is it that Ai Weiwei would be  living in a pot!

With the Primaries raging I couldn’t resist a Hillary and Bernie T! If you’re interested, T-shirts and prints of John Seed’s work can be ordered here on Zazzle.

All photographs of John Seed’s Mashterpieces published here, courtesy of the artist.