Monthly Archives: February 2016

Help FUND A Scholarship And Get Great Art In Return!

Some of you already know that one of my students was just killed in a hit-and-run. We’re starting a scholarship in his honor.
I am donating Epic 132 (Leaping Over Graffiti Wall or Somehwere Over the Rainbow) and the entire sales price will be applied to this scholarship. Every penny.

Why this piece? Noah was a graffiti artist, and Epic 132 portrays the Great Seattle Graffiti Wall in SoDo. Also, this last year FINALLY the Supreme Court made gay marriage legal nationwide! At long last, my dearest friends and cherished family get the legal rights and protections that marriage can provide. And yeah, that’s a drawing of my sister-in-law leaping over a rainbow. FYI, she was one of the first legally married lesbians in California!

So PLEASE spread the word. I want this piece to sell for a lot of money so we can fund the Noah Anderson Scholarship. Here’s the info on the Auction, and two pictures of the piece…which is already framed.


over the rainbow

It’s Hard To Make Sense of Loss

I’m finding it really hard to reconcile the randomness of tragedy with my faith in the wild beauty of life. Yesterday I received the shocking news that Noah Anderson, a student in one of my classes, was killed in a hit and run. I can’t stop thinking about our last conversation. He loved the fan brush and was really excited by oils bc all his previous painting was in spray paint– he was a graffiti artist. His fingers were just coated in paint, and his eyes were so shiny happy. You know the look.
He was so YOUNG! All of that light in his eyes, all that promise, extinguished.

My Students Create A Coloring Book


Well, it’s trending! They’re among the top best sellers on Amazon, and neuroscientists and social critics alike are touting the benefits of picking up some crayons or coloring pencils and de-stressing yourself with one of these.

So for the first time ever, my ART 111 drawing students have designed a coloring book.  Some of the most interesting pages haven’t yet been turned in but will be added as soon as they are scanned.

Why not print this guy up and start chilling.


(post featured image by Sammy Huidi Chen)