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The videos we shot for #ImagineClimate are cut into the first feature film for Earth Day at the 5Points Film Festival, which is a huge big deal in the outdoor industry, and normally travels all over the United States selling out local theaters.

This year, the project is online and has open access. The piece I made for the #ImagineClimate project, now sold and installed at the Aspen Art Museum, is featured at around the 11-minute mark.

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Check out Aspen CORE's cut of four of Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley artists talking about the creation of their work for the #ImagineClimate project.

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Honoring 50 years of positive change and innovative solutions in sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU)’s Earth Month 2020 is a month-long celebration. As part of this, ASU Online is spotlighting an upcoming graduate who has made a mark on her community, blending her passion for art, innovation and sustainability.

Kate Howe is not only an award-winning artist, mother, climate activist, global traveler and cancer survivor, she is also a full-time student studying online and will graduate in a few weeks with her Bachelor of Arts in Art History through ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. In the process, she is spreading awareness for Earth Day and inspiring others through art.

The Winding Road Back to Art
“I realized I couldn’t lay in bed anymore and do nothing. I was 46 years old and figured I might as well do something with my time, so decided it was time that I go back to school. Obstacles are just opportunities – they are nothing but puzzles to solve.”

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When tapped to help lead an innovative project that creatively explores climate change, local artist Kate Howe knew she needed to create a piece with serious stopping power.

The billboard project, after all, is the heart of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency’s second annual “Imagine Climate” summit, which will kick off Tuesday and run until March 18 with a slew of events throughout the Valley.

“What do you want the billboard to do? That was the first thing I asked [CORE director of brand Lara Whitley],” Howe recalled.

“[Lara] said, ‘I want it to make people stop and think.’‘

I was like, ‘Oh, that’s all?’” Howe said, laughing, from her studio at the Red Brick Center for the Arts on Wednesday.

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“Ink has been the most powerful form of expression for thousands of years,” says Air-Ink’s creator, Anirudh Sharma, in a short video about the product. Graviky Labs, the MIT Media Lab spinoff company that Sharma co-founded, has already created 20,500 liters of Air-Ink by capturing 2 tons of air pollution.

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CARBON INK People are presenting climate change in all sorts of ways, but four local artists are literally drawing awareness.
Howe, who has a background in art history, explained art has played a role in social movements throughout history, and it should play a part when it comes to addressing climate change.

“Images have an enormous impact on our feelings and on our responses to things -- on our beliefs,” Howe said.

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New Work: Upcycled Carbon Emissions from MIT's GravikyLabs and Kate Howe

"Think of pollution as a waste-management problem, and you have the basic ingredients for black pigment. We can put it in ink, in any industrially produced product you see around you that has a black color to it - that's carbon black.

To make that color, companies burn things on purpose to collect the carbon to make this color on your dashboard of your car, in your remote control, and even artist's charcoal and black paint.

What if we just used the carbon that's already out there, going into our atmosphere? What if we just captured it and used that to make the color?" - Anirudh Sharma at his talk on AirInk by Graviky Labs in Snowmass February 2020

51" x 79" oil on Arches paper

We all have experienced quarantine from COVID-19 differently, but one thing we have in common is fatigue. I watched my own teenagers begin to melt into the couch, the floor, become one with their pajama bottoms and sink into angst-ridden contemplation that had nothing to do with their teenage state.

This image is of Heidi in the pool in her Florida home during quarantine and is the second in a series of this image.

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51" x 70"
Oil on Paper
In private collection

One of three commissioned pieces for the Broadhead family's Florida collection. The juxtaposition of the freedom of a warm sunny day and a pool to play in coupled with the uncertainty of our world during the global COVID-19 pandemic produced a tension which at once felt relatable - no matter our personal circumstances, we all face the intense stress of an uncertain future, and other - the days of splashing and holding tea parties underwater may have passed as this young woman leaves the frivolity of childhood.

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March/April 2020 from quarantine from COVID-19

122" x 72"
upcycled carbon emissions and white chalk on canvas, after Rubens.

Thoughts and Prayers are nice. They don't reduce carbon emissions. Staying home from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has.

Thoughts and Prayers are important, but they don't create needed ventilators and hospital beds. Unity, community, and science do.

Thoughts and Prayers are needed for our emotional health, turn to your faith, yes. Be kind to others and share your positive energy with them. But also, consider driving less, flying less, and sewing masks. 

These images were produced by rubbing pollution on canvas by hand and is made of upcycled carbon emissions from diesel tailpipes, with thanks to @gravikylabs @anirudhh_sharma and

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March/April 2020 from quarantine from COVID-19

60" x 72"
upcycled carbon emissions and white chalk on canvas, after Rubens.

This work is made of upcycled carbon emissions from diesel tailpipes, with thanks to @gravikylabs @anirudhh_sharma and

Together with “Massacre of the Innocents 2050” they make a diptych for our times, called “Thoughts and Prayers."

For some people that means to turn to faith in times of crisis. For some people it means send respirators, thoughts and prayers aren’t slowing the virus, for some, it’s somewhere in between.

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March/April 2020 from quarantine from COVID-19

60" x 72"
upcycled carbon emissions and white chalk on canvas. After Rubens.

Inspired by the original painting by Peter Paul Rubens of the same name, Massacre of the Innocents, painted in 1611, the woman in my work is trapped in a pyramid of flesh and watching the soldiers prepare to kill her child on orders of King Herrod.

I’ve always been fascinated by her, her personal trauma so visible even in the twisting mass of bodies, each one of them desperate to stop the event from happening.

The sense of how trapped she is physically, her emotion, the immediacy of action makes the soldier holding her child up over his head that much more intense, more visceral, real.

Her fear is about to be realized, and she knows it. It is a truly beautifully horrible work by Rubens.

For me, lifting her from Ruben's piece, and making her image with my hands out of pollution collected from diesel tailpipes in London and Dehli recontextualizes her fear of impending loss for her child to one of loss for the stable world and climate.

It is the innocents of the future, our children, who will have to deal with the miraculous salvation of what, in her eyes, is already lost, all she can do is watch.

About the process of working with particulate pollution:

I did a project with Anirudh Sharma of MIT and AirInk, and during that project, we agreed to work together on another. He left me his traveling samples for the air ink labs of particulate because I wanted to work directly with the material.

I wanted the particulate base product to practice with for a work I hope to do captioning emissions on a cargo ship and making art out of the emissions in real-time on the boat.

The material itself and working with it: very strange.

Pollution from each city smells different and is a slightly different color, especially on the greyscale.

It has a different particulate grit, it reacts to water differently. It binds to the gesso well, but I want to move to raw canvas.

Soaking it in water and making muddles of it is interesting, as is the fact that I can get a good line as one does with a charcoal stick.

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I made this piece as a sample when I did an interview with Christin Kay at Aspen Public Radio.

47" x 47" air ink and gesso on board. Here is the NPR interview:

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August 2019. 64" x 52" oil and broken glass on Arches oil paper. Will ship framed in our custom white box frame, with painting floated. No glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing.

This image originated as a FaceTime grab in conversation with my sister while she was dealing with her newborn son and turning to talk to our mother. The source image is distorted by movement and contains digital artifacts which make the image momentarily grotesque, intense, and shattered looking.

This work looks at my sister's sense of self as she encounters the shift from successful entrepreneur and main household income earner to encompass all of the roles of mother, wife, intellectual, athlete, and author while living in a traditionally patriarchal society. 

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August 2019. 52" x 67" sumi ink, oil and saran wrap on Arches oil paper. Will ship framed in our custom white box frame, with painting floated. No glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing. 

My sister was about to give birth to her first child in Sayulita, Mexico this week. She was there for the birth of my children, as was our mother. I was unable to be with my sister as she labored and gave birth, but I got sporadic text messages from my mother while I was working.

I felt a visceral need to be with her, part of her tribe, to help just by adding supportive female birthing energy and experience into her sphere. The work is body, is pain, is fortitude, is generation, is knowing that our bodies know how to do this, and always have since the beginning of human history.

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August 2019 67" x 52" sumi ink and oil on arches oil paper. Will ship framed in our custom white box frame, with painting floated. No glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing.

My sister had a plan for a water birth at a birthing center rather than a hospital birth. We had both our children at home, and while I was thousands of miles away, I was remembering the sensations of birth, from first contractions to the crowning, to the incredible relief of the baby sliding out, to the incredulous realization that I had to push again to deliver the placenta. I made these pieces in visceral solidarity with what I knew my sister would be experiencing soon.

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August 2019. 52" x 70" oil and sumi ink on Arches oil paper. Will ship framed in our custom white box frame, with painting floated. No glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing.

Family systems change over time, and this change is accelerating. This body of work postulates that the nuclear family is returning to some extent through technology, these paintings are made from FaceTime grabs. Never perfect and not meant as a curated moment in life, FaceTime calls are often intimate, sexual, emotional, and are rarely framed well.

Because of the intimate nature of the personal FaceTime call, there is an openness, a vulnerability, and a transparency into the lives, living spaces, and even physical space of those we chose to share this connection with.

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July 2019, oil on arches paper. 57" x 68" 
In private collection. 

Ethan is seventeen this summer. He's my firstborn, this is the first painting I've made of him, and this is a summer of firsts. No longer my little kiddo, he is riding his motorcycle to his first job, running spotlight for Theater Aspen. He is also a native user of technology, his generation was the first to start commenting "First!" online, and also the first to stop.

My guess is that there are many firsts to come for him, and not just the ones we expect: his generation will be the first to be directly and immediately impacted by climate change, his is certainly the first who puts it on the top of their list of concerns, the first to truly wonder, will there be a planet to inhabit in ten years or twenty?

To me, his gaze is accusatory, he could just be relaxing on the couch like a teenager or he could be angry that we have left him a world which is falling apart, robbing him and all of humanity perhaps, from the lazy days of childhood.

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June, 2019 64" x 52" framed, in private collection.

Sumi-e ink, oil and crushed charcoal on Arches Oil Paper. This is the first time I have addressed the studio fire which effectively ended my Los Angeles art career in 2003.

This image is from a photograph taken during the fire: Bodhi, barely two years old has just woken up. Held by his father, he stares at the multitude of flashing lights while the firefighters cut a hole in the roof of our studio, wood shop, climbing gym and attic with axes. Floodlights, fire, smoke fill our vision. Suddenly, items are tossed into the burn pile: the boys pedal airplane, a gift from family for our son Ethan, a half burnt windsor chair, painting after charred painting. The attic above the studio was full of my family antiques and photos. All we could do was stand and watch. Prints Available »
June 2019 Oil on Arches Paper. 72" x 46" unframed. Will ship framed in our custom white box frame, with painting floated. No glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing.

Aiden is my son's best friend, and is in transition from female to male at 17 years old. This image was born out of many long talks about gender, transitioning, passing, and being true to oneself. The dress hanging just on the edge of the painting is the last dress he wore on stage. He stands in a spotlight with confetti fluttering down as he moves away from the dress and towards his true self. We made this image one week after he started taking Testosterone shots.

For this image, Aiden and I spent some time talking in the studio about what it means to pass and how it feels to be mis-gendered. He poses in his binder, the very thing which helps him to pass. Exposing this garment, the thing which helps him pass until he can have top surgery, exposes his genderstate as Trans. This choice is incredibly brave and vulnerable.

Aiden is a thespian, and is now exclusively playing male roles, most recently Eric in "An Inspector Calls" for Theatre Aspen. He has found in theater a place to be at home with who he always has been, and a family which embraces and encourages him as he continues to grow. Aiden has agreed to allow me to document his journey through transition for the next couple of years, and I am honored.

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July 2019. Oil on Arches Paper, various sizes, aprox 52" x 80" Will ship framed in our custom white box frame, with painting floated. No glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing.

These pieces came out of the darkest days of my illness over the last two years, when I was desperately attempting to relay to my doctors the quality and nature and seeming source and destination of the mind-numbing pain I was experiencing. Pain of this nature is not a normal complication of Hyperparathyroidism, but it was the symptom I was most familiar with.

Eventually, we found a doctor who looked at these drawings and paintings and understood that the pain was so large, I was unable to do anything mentally other than manage it. I couldn't sleep through it, study through it, speak through it, there was no reading, watching tv... all I could do was lay in the semi dark and follow the pain in my sketchbook with a pen. The result are these strangely humanoid images, the humanoid shape coming from following the pain and placing it where I felt it, sometimes even outside of my physical body.

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June 2019. Pastel and painters tape on computer paper. Will ship framed, with painting floated and UVresist clear non reflective glass. Shipping by Art Forward of Aspen. Inquire for pricing.

This small study has become a piece in its own right, and is leading the way towards a much more in-depth image combining the simplification of medical information as a layman would search for it on the web, or a med student would try to make sense of this system or that in the body with the realtime sensation a human (myself) is experiencing embedded in it, the thing you don't and can't see, the pain, presented as though it can be modeled.

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Applesauce: A short painting film by Kate Howe

My Surgical Oncologist told me as we were preparing for my lumpectomy that I was lucky, “The best part of breast cancer is getting to choose a new pair of tits! You and your partner can go home tonight and go shopping online together. Most couples really enjoy that part. (Wink wink say no more.) It will be exciting because your breasts look like sandwich bags filled halfway with applesauce.”

This painting is a reductive process, much like the cure for cancer is. The color of the paint is the color of breast fed baby poop, I breast fed my kids with these fabulous boobs that I did not replace, fill in, or "fix". They are fine the way they are, droopy and lovely and life-giving for six years, and pleasure giving regardless of their shape my whole life. 

Recent Works: June 2018 - March 2019

Installation View: "The Figure" March, 2019 at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen, Co.

This piece was chosen as the promotional piece for media for the group figure show.

Kate Howe - Artist Statement and Bio


Kate Howe is a contemporary painter who lives and works in Aspen, Colorado. Throughout her work, much of which is figurative, Howe explores how the human body fluidly reflects the complexity of life experience. With a research-based editing process, the artist deconstructs found images from popular culture, news, recent history, and her own life through the lens of social anthropology. Her compositions often reframe specific moments or individuals through a variety of formal techniques that at times reference the history of painting. Further, Howe uses and manipulates the traditional form of the body to mirror the psychological and physical growth, comfort, trauma, illness, and violence many feel and endure.

Howe holds a degree in Technical Theater from Foothill College, Los Altos, CA and has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston, and ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA. She is currently finishing a BA in Art History from Arizona State University and is a full-time artist in residence at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, CO. In 2020 she plans to pursue an MFA.

Artist Statement

Monday, Dec 9, 2020

I seek to attain a personhood outside of sex through expulsion of psychic malware installed in all female-gendered humans by creating art which exposes, sometimes through humor, sometimes through confrontation, the paradox of femininity as it exists in the historical context of a patriarchal society, while at the same time struggling against the patriarchal hierarchical which creates a “female problematic.” The practical existence of this kernel from which oppression or otherness follows is the gem of my artistic hunt. I, Kate, the person, am detritus of the continued production of this machine, and my aim is to throw a steel rod into the flywheel of complacency around the issue of agency, identity and the feminine.

I long to understand inherent sexism, to unravel it, historically and personally, from as many perspectives as possible, and as my understanding grows, to add my body of work: presenting my findings, outrages, personal empathies, traumas, and overcomings. In mining my own experience, determined to side-step the “hysteric” and “victim art,” I intend to present work which acts as a repository for a similar experience, and empathetic broadband connection between the piece and the viewer, allowing the viewer a moment of connection, perhaps relief that they are not alone. I aim to create work which shares not only personal (and shared) trauma but which points at the absurdities created by the hypocritical, paradoxical, perfectly contained problematic of the female human.

My artistic practice is a research-heavy one. Through found, historical, and personal images, I edit and combine these images to reach for a truth or hard point about unsexed (but perhaps sexual) singular personhood in shared human space. While painting is often the medium I begin a project in, whichever medium best lends itself to expression is my sandbox. Construction, installation, fashion, film, sound, garbage, theater, performance, subversion, and writing are all essential elements of my practice, as is a deep and driving need to understand further the construct against which all artists, sexed female, will struggle. As my research leads me into philosophy, psychology and sociology of the human-animal and its history, the paradox of the segregation of purpose and ability through the assignment of gendering at birth and its subsequent societal framework becomes clearer and much harder to penetrate. I seek to create work which addresses those understandings of identity as it relates to sex, as it relates to capacity and capability. I seek to examine myself as a specimen created unwittingly by thousands of years of the patriarchal edict, and using myself as a starting point, examine issues of sex as it relates to all gendered people through creation of object, environment or experience.

Deconstructed from images grabbed during FaceTime conversations, these portraits delve into anxiety and the concept of should. Taken and painted the night before his first treatment for life-long suicidal depression and the next day after his first ketamine treatment, the images recall both the solitary, myopic viewpoint which the cloak of depression and desperation can lay on a person as well as uncentered way in which technology allows us to connect with those whom we care about but who live far away.

The relative newness of FaceTime at once puts the conversationalists within an incredibly intimate space, and an incredibly removed one. While I can see your pain, your joy, your struggle, your triumph and defeat, I can not, no matter how much I wish I could, reach through the screen and touch your face to soothe or celebrate. This is the nature of family today.

102" x 96" 
oil on arches paper
framed and floated, no glass
St. Athena is a diptych which draws inspiration from the illuminated manuscripts of the 1300s, the posture, clean lines and constructed fantasy of 1940s Hollywood glamour (is that a halo or a towel on her head by the pool?) and color studies done by Joseph Albers at the time, as well as technology, that of today and tomorrow.

The Athenas are a chroma-flip painting. To achieve this, I used Photoshop to find the exact chromatic opposite of the first piece I created (chartreuse) and built the Virgin Mary Blue one using that technology. Handcrafted on paper, it references the careful task monks faced while creating complex and singular works of worshipful art, and her body is extended by the attachment of the phone, which she isn't looking at.

The Athenas look both to our past and our future, sitting comfortably in all timelines, completely accepting her new appendage (the phone).

102" x 96"
oil on arches paper
framed and floated, no glass
I'm interested in the figure and how non-traditional "spaces" help us feel the intention and tension of the figure as it progresses along it's timeline. Caught in this moment, what does the next one hold?

55" x 88" x 3 1/2" deep
oil on Arches paper 
framed and floated, no glass
Can you get there from here? Who knows? It's probably worth finding out, though.

55" x 88" x 3 1/2"
oil on Arches paper
framed and floated, no glass 
Dorien is in the in-between space that fascinates me, having come through a difficult loss. She is past the shock but not quite back in the world, working on surrender to the place she is now, sharing her journey. She's not finished with the mourning process, she is still in the long unknown, facing her challenge every day. 

52" x 68" x 3 1/2" 
oil on Arches Paper 
framed and floated, no glass
Mining images from my past, Ghaddafi, Lybia, and the middle east were common subjects around the dinner table of our "integrated" family from 1977 on. My stepfather is Israeli, and every Shabat his friends would come over, and the dinner conversation inevitably turned into a heated, charged, intense political conversation, which I tried to follow at age 7.

In contrast to this intensity, mirrored by the violent intensity of the moment of Ghaddafi's death in 2011 as he was sodomized by the bayonet of one of his personal guard and left to die in an ambulance (the source image comes from this historical moment), my mother (a wonderfully talented painter) attempted to keep a bubble of a home life, cooking incredible meals, and painting abstracted geometric color-field paintings after Joseph Albers.

I wondered why I felt such personal charged emotion when Ghaddafi was killed by his own men, why I was drawn to this image of the betrayer betrayed over and over again. I realized that the world of the politics of the Middle East, its constant turmoil, our visits to Israel, driving through Gaza and checkpoints while visiting family were deeply disturbing realities that were incongruous with the seeming day to day facts of my young life.

This piece kicked off a research project on overthrowing the personal dictators of our lives, these paintings and interviews will culminate in a fashion show of ballgowns ripped and sewn out of canvas portraits of personal oppressors, worn by their escapees in triumph. We reduce the narcissist to a frippery, stripping them of power, taking back our own, revealing them for the Wizard of Oz they are, a complete fiction, and wear them on the catwalk because we can.

92" x 76" oil on canvas.

I am also in the long unknown, neither healthy nor ill, I exist in a space where nothing is as it was and there is no way of knowing what will be. Surrendering to the limbo and finding it to be a friend rather than the enemy, stubborn time stolen by cancer, I am studying what it feels like to be looking forward while at the same time being content with where I am. 

60" x 48" oil on canvas,

The first in the series of the long unknowns, I am in a space which seems to move at a different rate of rotation of the rest of the world spinning around me. I've decided to look around rather than struggle to escape.

72" x 48" oil and charcoal on canvas 

When I first had to quit my life as a professional athlete, I struggled with my changing body, as cancer took me off the mountain and out of the yoga room and onto the couch. A year later, I am cancer free, but my reality is very different from what it was before. Painting offered me a way back into myself, to examine who I thought I was, what I thought that meant to my worth, and why that mattered. 

48" x 60" oil and charcoal on canvas

Pinning down the dysmorphic body, the desires that pull it to be this way or that, to present as accurate and same every time we see it is a fascinating exercise for those of us who never look the same twice in a mirror. 

48" x 60" oil on canvas.

This is the first in a series of works based on young sex workers. I remove them from their environment and their abusers, setting them free on canvas to be their childhood selves, dancing naked in the yard, unaware of the alternate reality which faced them before they were painted. 

45" x 60" oil and charcoal on linen

Over the course of a decade of travel in the ski industry, I shared space with people all around the world, sometimes as lovers, sometimes as work buddies, sometimes as traveling companions. Most of these people were men. 

In the middle of the night, when I would get up to use the restroom, I began to take photos of them. At first, I think this was a way for me to take power back, to say, see, I can take something I want from you without you even knowing it is gone. 

Turning these vulnerabilities into watercolor paintings requires patience and an obsessive quality, I am turning this stolen private precious moment into a souvenir that these men are unaware I even possess. Exhibiting them is an incredibly powerful experience. 

84" x 48" watercolor on paper

This is Otto's Jacket, which was worn by Otto at his "trial."

This moment is the last moment in which he bowed as deeply as his clothing would allow as he begged for his life. Otto's father wore this coat to Otto's school when he spoke to the student body after Otto died.

Upon seeing the North Korean Beaches during and around the negotiations to bring Otto home, Trump remarked, "Look at those beaches, wouldn't it be great to build condos there?"

"Otto Frederick Warmbier (December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American college student from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 for attempted theft, for which he was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. While incarcerated, he fell into a coma and never regained consciousness, dying in June 2017." (Source: Wikipedia)

24" x 36" watercolor on paper unmounted
8" x 10" 2 panels, Oil on canvas board. 2017, Collection of Richard Segal.

These two ladies went to the same cafe in Amsterdam every morning. They would start at separate tables on either side of the door, and as the morning wore on, they would turn toward each other and talk. After a couple of hours, their chairs would be nearly touching, blocking the entrance, and forcing patrons to walk around them in order to get into the tiny, old, dark, cool cafe innards.

I watched them every morning while I was sketching and eating Poffertjes, and began to wonder about their friendship, their lives, and how long they had been doing just this. To me they seem to exemplify a time when people connected slowly and deeply, their affection, friendship and animation compelled me to want to take them home with me.
This series was created by using Sumi-e ink and watercolor on a stack of Mulberry paper. The paper underneath the initial painting is much thinner, like tissue paper, creating a series of bleed-through transfers, which I then soak with wax and layer using wax and more watercolor washed mulberry paper.

ALL: 14" x 20" sumi-e ink and watercolor on kozo paper, unmounted 2018

Previous Work (before 2004: Painting, sculpture, installation)

Most of this work burned in my studio fire in 2003, ending my art career for over a decade.

Charcoal, pen and ink, ash, and amber shellac on mahogany. 2003, Destroyed in studio fire.

This large mural consisted of two 10' x 20' panels and three 4' x 8' panels. It was installed in three permutations during it's existence at Art Center College of Design in 2005. All pieces in this series were destroyed in the 2003 fire which burned my studio to the ground.
Charcoal, pen and ink and oil paint on shellac on Mahogany wood. 2003, destroyed.
10' x 10' india ink, ash, charcoal, sharpie, oil paint on shellac on mahogany. 2003, destroyed
charcoal, ink, oil paint on raw mahogany, 2003, destroyed
12' x 10' section. Pen and ink, shellac, dead bugs, grass, leaves, ash, charcoal, house paint, sharpie , oil paint on shellac and mahogany. 2003, destroyed.
Pen and ink, shellac, dead bugs, grass, leaves, ash, charcoal, house paint, sharpie , oil paint on shellac and mahogany. 2003, destroyed.
12' x 10' section. Pen and ink, shellac, dead bugs, grass, leaves, ash, charcoal, house paint, sharpie , oil paint on shellac and mahogany. 2003, destroyed.

(Apologies for dappled sunlight this was a reference photo the day before installation, and the fire happened the next day)
An ala prima experiment in class, background and intimacy. None of these women had modeled before or knew each other or anything about each other before posing for me for 3- 5 hours at a stretch. 47 paintings in this series were destroyed in our studio fire in 2003. 4' x 8' oil on shellac on cardboard on mahogany
7' x 9' oil on shellac on cardboard on mahogany
30' x 36' oil on shellac on cardboard on mahogany
4' x 8' oil on shellac on cardboard on mahogany. Private collection.
36" x 48" oil on shellac on cardboard on Mahogany. Collection of the artist.
4' x8' oil on shellac on cardboard. One of a series of 27 paintings of 27 different women in exactly the same pose, painted ala prima. None had previosly modled. During the course of all 27 patintings, every single woman who posed explained, over the course of our time together, naturally and un prompted by me, exactly what they loathed about their bodies and how they hoped that this process would help them to find something, anything to love about their physical being. This confrontational, not particularly flattering posture was the result of the first woman's frank confrontation of her self loathing. This series was destroyed in the fire of 2003.
36' x 40' oil on shellac on cardboard on Mahogany. In Private Collection.
16" x 20" oil on shellac on cardboard on mahogany
oil on shellac on cardboard
24" x 30" oil on cardboard

Sculpture and Installation

I enjoy playing with simple contradictions in sculpture, in immersive environments which may change the way we see ourselves once we experience a space in an unexpected way. I believe spaces hold the stories we never took the time to write down, they are there for the mining.

35' x various widths. Lead, Rebar. In permanent collection at Art Center, Pasadena. Installed in a birch grove in a clandestine middle of the night operation, the tree is almost invisible until you are right on top of it, even though it is made of metal.
35' x various widths. Lead, Rebar. In permanent collection at Art Center, Pasadena. Installed in a birch grove in a clandestine middle of the night operation, the tree is almost invisible until you are right on top of it, even though it is made of metal. As you walk around the tree, the welded rebar structure is exposed.
8' x 8' inflatable vinyl cube. 2003. This project was initially installed at a crossroads at the Art Center in Pasadena, CA, blocking a stairway, the entrance to the main gallery, the women's restroom, the entrance to the elevator, and the hallway leading to the outside. The cube moves easily on the polished concrete floor, and is labeled with instructions: PUSH. The cube could easily be maneuvered along a 20' section of hallway with about 2' on either side of it in order to clear the entrance to any of the spaces. We set up cameras and filmed the interaction of the public with this "obstacle". In reality, the obstacle was really more the idea of an obstacle, since it could be moved with one finger, like a balloon.

People had interesting reactions to the piece; because folks know they aren't "supposed to touch art" a lot of them snuck by the piece carefully, trying not to touch it. Many walked by angry that the thing was in their way, some people played with it pushing it all around the space, and then a security guard, on his own volition, came down and began to move it for people, clearing a path for them, removing the public's interaction with the piece.

After it's initial exhibition, PUSH was installed in the lower gallery, the only object in the space. I found it to be most effective when installed or reset right up against the door, blocking the entrance.
128' hand milled mahogany, rivets, house paint. Commissioned by the Bozeman Co-Op. 2005
128' hand milled mahogany, rivets, house paint. Commissioned by the Bozeman Co-Op. 2005
128' hand milled mahogany, rivets, house paint. Commissioned by the Bozeman Co-Op. 2005
Steel, sheet metal. . 5' x 3' aprox. 2001
Seven televisions buried in the ground. 2002. Like illuminated stepping stones, they display close up video images of parts of the face, and facial expression.
2001. The specific site: my body. The show: Small gallery at the Art Center, Pasadena. Large Print Photographs of tattooing, video of process of tattooing, detritus of tattooing, needle and napkins used during tattooing process.

The Wife/Mother project: installation view

The Wife/Mother project: installation view

The Wife/Mother project: Installation View

256' x 3/4" hand milled pine and rivets, this sculpture leaps 35' from the bridge of the Art Center Pasadena and cascades another 200+' anchored only by objects found in the area.
256' x 3/4" hand milled pine and rivets, this sculpture leaps 35' from the bridge of the Art Center Pasadena and cascades another 200+' anchored only by objects found in the area.
256' x 3/4" hand milled pine and rivets, this sculpture leaps 35' from the bridge of the Art Center Pasadena and cascades another 200+' anchored only by objects found in the area.

Abstract Work: Painting

8' x 10' blood, shellac, dirt, bugs, raw canvas. 2003, destroyed This painting was part of an exhibition called "Polarity", and the piece was conceived around the concept of seduction/repulsion. I wanted a surface that would pull the viewer in, that they would want to smell, touch and investigate closely because of the seductive nature of it's look and texture.

Upon realizing the piece was literally made of the blood of two pigs and a horse from a slaughterhouse, the repulsion side took care of itself. The interesting part of the process (aside from working with the material which was fascinating) was that most viewers would be seduced again once they overcame their initial squeamishness and come in close for further investigation.

2 Pigs and a Horse - Detail

10' x 10' Rosin tinted with oil paint, layered over raw canvas.
Seven large paintings, the chair from my studio and a writing piece installed at Art Center Pasadena for solo show in 2003.
Solo show at Art Center Pasadena 2003
10' x 10' photogravure on raw canvas with pencil, eraser shavings and shellac. 2003, destroyed. This is a photogravure in two pullings from a photograph of my grandmother , who was born in 1898, and her finishing school class.
Detail - 10' x 10' photogravure on raw canvas with pencil, eraser shavings and shellac. 2003, destroyed. This is a photogravure in two pullings from a photograph of my grandmother , who was born in 1898, and her finishing school class.
4' x 8' 2001 Found sheet metal, house paint on canvas