• Passage of Time

    Where were you 8 years ago? Are you living in the same place, are you the same person? Eight years ago, I visited Ellie and Adeline in their home when they were a baby and a young girl, and painted this:

    Now the girls are 9 and 13 years old, with interests in music, reading and art. It was compelling to step into the same house and see the girls as different people.

    For this companion portait, I mirrored the poses and kept a surreal background. 

    It was a lot of fun to capture the passage of time and I would love to do more series like this! 

  • But first, Coffee

    Happy New Year!

    This is a later post, as in the spring of last year, I had the privilege to create illustrations for my writer friend Tien Nguyen for interviews she wrote with Ambrose Pasquini, founder of Pasquini Espresso Company, and Martin Deidrich, creator of Diedrich Coffee.

    A good cup of coffee goes a long way. Ever wondered where your coffee comes from? Pasquini opened one of the first espresso cafes Moka D'Oro and then Via Veneto in Southern California back in 1956, when a cup of coffee cost you 35 cents, and baristas and latte art were not a thing.

    Diedrich's family owned a Guatemala coffee farm in the 60s. His parents left the farm with fresh sacks of coffee beans and hand built roasters in the backseat of the 1963 Volkswagen van, made the six day trek to California, and set up shop in Newport Beach. Today it has grown into Kean Coffee. 

    Full articles hopefully will be up soon!

  • Marlo and Spencer

    This past month, I was excited to create a portrait for Michael Keenan. Michael had seen the very first portrait I did of the Ingolds and held on to this idea as a gift for his husband. Marlo and Spencer are funny, active kids and it was a joy painting them with their dog Sunny.

    Here it is framed!

  • Year of the Monkey

    Year of the Monkey

    Were you born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004? Then it's your year as the Year of the Monkey! I'm excited to be part of the annual zodiac show at Giant Robot. I created this small painting for it, inspired by the monkeys at Shoushan National Park in Kaohsiung. I'll be returning to Taiwan so unfortunately will be missing the opening on Saturday, January 23rd. You will still have a chance to check out the show until the first week of February.

    January 23, 2016 6:30 -10 p.m at Giant Robot 2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025