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August: month of the curious child

After two back-to-back shows earlier this summer, August finds me in a curious mood. I've spent the past several months focused on creating new artwork based on the Joomchi techniques shown on my website and past exhibitions. The confidence I gained producing that volume of...

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What’s in a name?

The visitors to my show at Pinon Real Estate Gallery for Salida’s annual Art Walk were numerous and lively. It was heartwarming for me to see how engaged they were, taking the time to really LOOK at the Joomchi artwork. There was a genuine interest...

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PJ's Mola Wall

Shapes and colors, colors and shapes

My computer desk sits in a room adjacent to my studio. This was a conscious choice. When I am creating my Joomchi artwork, I don't want to be distracted by email or social media. When I am at my computer, however, a little distraction and...

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A common element between yoga and negative space

One element that defines my work is the negative space created when I arrange the Hanji paper. By negative space I mean the space between the papers that takes on its own interesting shapes. Even though these spaces are vacant, they become a vital part...

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I am an Abstract Expressionist

"Fire" – 1961, oil paint on canvas, by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) • In the past I have usually called myself a contemporary abstract artist. Well, no more. After spending several hours in the Denver Art Museum recently, I will now describe myself as an Abstract Expressionist. The show...

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From no visual interest to spectacular!

Last weekend opened my eyes, again, to what I sometimes take for granted when working with the Hanji paper. Yes, as noted in my video Magic from Mulberry, the paper looks quite mundane and even boring when I first bring it out of the box...

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