Time You Enjoy Wasting, was Not Wasted.

01da_Rapeseed_MisakoOba_Quote“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” *

This is not a typical art blog today.
While my encaustic mixed media work is exhibited at a gallery in New York City, I am away from my studio, visiting my family in Hamamatsu(浜松), Japan.

The Golden Week will (officially) start from April 29. (The G.W. is one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons.) Hamamatsu has a renowned Hamamatsu Festival 浜松祭り(May 3rd – 5th) during this national holiday that draws approximately 1.5 million people every year from all over Japan, and even from abroad.

Recently, four of my American friends in the U.S. happened to ask me the same question, “What is the name of your hometown?”

I thought to myself, “Hmm…they wouldn’t know of the name itself, or the name of this festival, and the name is difficult for them to pronounce or remember.”
So, as I do most times, “Hamamatsu,” I answered. And then, I added, “YAMAHA (musical instruments) and Honda (motorcycles/automobile) were both founded here.”

Although I lived in Tokyo/Yokohama for many years to go to college and for work, Hamamatsu is my hometown.

02_Rapeseed_MisakoOba_1549One of the friends suggested to post some photos or write something about it. Flowers are not my typical subjects. (I am often drawn to lights. Lights in the sky or in the cities. The previous photographic series has also something to do with lights.)

However, when I drove out near my parents house, unexpectedly I found the Nanohana (Rapeseed blossoms) field, which I never knew before. It is a little out of place to me but I felt happy to encounter it!

So, the next day, I took my old parents there. They knew this place. Still they were happy to see it this year.
03_Rapeseed_MisakoOba_1545I see myself as a visitor, although I spent my childhood here. The city is not small and pretty busy (Population: 810, 000.). Like Seattle, Hamamatsu has both urban and nature. In fact, Seattle is really like Japan, especially Hamamatsu to me. It is a quite big city and has easy access to nature. The Mt. Rainier looks like Mt. Fuji. (When I saw Mt. Fuji this time, my head recognized it as Mt. Rainer for the first glance.) There is water such as big rivers and ocean nearby. Humidity.

A lot of my old friends are here and came back after they lived in Tokyo, or other areas, for a few or more years. Typically, my high school friends would re-connect for New Year’s. I joined a New Year’s party a couple years ago for the first time in a long time. It was fun, refreshing and easy to re-connect, even with some old friends who I haven’t talked with for a long time. You may have a similar experience.

While I still feel it is like a home in Hamamatsu because there is a physical home here, I often feel more home and feel relaxed when I flew back to New York or Seattle. When you move a lot and live in different cities or countries, it becomes hard to feel like I belong – wherever you have lived or currently live. Strangely, this feeling is even from my childhood. So, I decided to belong to the earth while living, and to heaven after die.

MisakoOba_GalaxyDetail_c MisakoOba_TheOtherSide_cRI am always reminded of culture difference each time I travel between Japan and the U.S., even right after arriving at each airport. I travel often but I still very much feel the difference of people and culture each time in the East Coast, West Coast in the U.S., Europe and Japan. I feel convinced to adjust myself accordingly and respectfully. Not only languages, but also my behavior. Otherwise, it would be rude. (Ok, I have to admit my voice is a bit too loud for Japanese people, even when try not to be. I use more hand gestures than the average Japanese person by nature… ; )

I actually crave for studio time. I can work on my art here as well, but the space is very limited and the house is too clean to get it dirty with paints. So I am instead focusing on other things and work. Writing or seeing different landscape or scenery is good for your soul and new ideas. Or just feeling relaxed. Talking with new or old friends is a bit challenging for me at first (-Some people would say I don’t show it, and while I’m not shy talking with people in a professional setting, I have found myself introverted in a way), but always ends up enjoying.

I am looking forward to going to see Hamamatsu Festival this year on May 3-5 after being away for a long time. If you have a chance to visit Japan around this season, you may want to experience the festival. The last time I went was 2005 when I came to visit to make the photographic series of Fire Flies – Japan that was inspired by Hamamatsu Festival.

This year, I will simply enjoy. You don’t have to feel guilty. Happy Golden Week!

Time You Enjoy Wasting is Not Wasted.

 * Quote by John Lennon. The same or similar saying has been attributed to Bertrand Russell, Marthe Troly-Curtin and others.

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Text in My Work and Something about Chagall

For some years now, I have been employing text in a number of my works and series.

The recent works have something to do with stars, the Milky Way and deserts.  To see a couple of works, please visit my previous post or the album of [Printmaking/ Intaglio2] on Facebook Page. 

In those pieces, the text is very subtle and in an abstract way. Yet, there is meaning.

01text_MisakoOba_MilkyWay2Detail_Three           “Milky Way #2” (details). Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax (mixed media), Misako Oba.
* The whole piece “Milky Way #2 (diptych)” can be viewed in Drawn to Stars, Behind the Scene.

Je te bénirai et je multiplierai ta postérité, comme les étoiles du ciel et comme le sable qui est sur le bord de la mer; et ta postérité possédera la porte de ses ennemis. -Genèse 22:17
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,  -Genesis 22:17 

MilkyWay3_byMisakoOba              “Milky Way #3” (diptych: a+b), Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax, unique,  Misako Oba

 le mystère des sept étoiles que tu as vues dans ma main droite, et des sept chandeliers d’or. -Apocalypse 1:20
The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the…   -Revelation 1:20

03MisakoOba_Desert2_1200c           “Desert #3” (diptych: a+b).  Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax, unique, Misako Oba

Une voix crie: Préparez au désert le chemin de l’Éternel, Aplanissez dans les lieux arides Une route pour notre Dieu. Que toute vallée soit exhaussée, Que toute montagne et toute colline soient abaissées! Que les coteaux se changent en plaines, Et les défilés étroits en vallons!  -Ésaïe 40:3, 4
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.   -Isaiah 40:3, 4 

04MisakoOba_Springs Forth_c2   “Springs Forth” from Desert series, Collagraph with carborundum & Encaustic monotype
(Mixed media), unique, Misako Oba. The text is in lower right corner.
StreamInDesert2_byMisakoOba_ArrowStreamInDesert2_detail3_byMisakoOBA   “Stream in the Desert #2”  Collagraph with carborundum & beeswax and Encaustic monotype,
(Mixed media), variation 2 of 6, each unique, Misako Oba
StreamInDesert4_Detail_byMisakoOBA_da“Stream in the Desert #4” (detail),  Collagraph with carborundum & beeswax, etching and
encaustic monotype, variation 4 of 6, each unique, Misako Oba
* The whole piece of #4 can be viewed in here.

Ne pensez plus aux événements passés,
Et ne considérez plus ce qui est ancien.
 Voici, je vais faire une chose nouvelle,
sur le point d’arriver: Ne la connaîtrez-vous pas?
Je mettrai un chemin dans le désert,
Et des fleuves dans la solitude.
 -Ésaïe 43:18,19
Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.
   Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
  I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.  -Isaiah 43:18, 19

 When I was thinking if I should move from New York to Seattle, this verse (Isaiah 43:18, 19) came up to me three times within a week. One of my friends referred it directly to me. The phrase even happened to show up in my Newsfeed on Facebook. And, more… It was a mysterious, spiritual and amazing experience. And in fact, there were “rivers” and a “way” that were prepared for me before my move. I feel grateful.

Things are very different in the Pacific Northwest from New York City, or even just the East Coast. People, culture, customs, weather, nature…and more. I feel creative inspiration a little more when I am in an unfamiliar environment. You can find the inspiration in daily life, though. Having easier access to nature became a part of my daily life. It is coming along as the series of mixed media and intaglio – such as the work of stars and desert.

Marc Chagall and the Bible

Recently, I noticed that Marc Chagall (1887-1985) also did the printmaking (Etchings and Lithographs) based on the Bible.  He worked on the series of etchings over a 25 year period.

Marc Chagall1Marc Chagall © ARS, NY, Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams, 1957, The Bible, no. 22. Hand-colored etching, The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee.

I cannot compare myself with him. He is a great master in art history and he illustrated the Bible. My approach is different. I use a visual metaphor based on my personal experience on this earth, and employ the universal human emotions (positive or negative) and objects or locations that we encounter in our lives: forgiveness, deception, grieves, trust, love, eat and drink, stars, desert…

I visualize, think over the meaning, research, apply, synchronize my emotion/experience and then create the image in a semi-abstract form.

I am grateful that I came across the idea that is somehow connected to what he did in his work. He is one of my favorite artists. And I am also thankful that our approach is different.

I was born and raised in Japan, but lived and spent many years in Western culture as well. So, my thoughts, culture background, and philosophy have become very complex.

In my encaustic mixed media series, Truth in Emotion “Beyond Time and Space,” I am incorporating Hyakunin Isshu (百人一首), the collection of 100 Japanese ancient poems called Waka. The text is from 7-11th Century in Japan, and calligraphy in Eastern culture. In my other mixed media series and Intaglio I am incorporating verses from the Bible, that is originally under Western influence.

Both are relating human conditions and emotion through life that we can be connected to even in the modern society. Life is a journey.  That is the body of my artwork that I have been pursuing.

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Drawn to Stars

I was walking on the street in Seattle the other night. I was rushing but looked up at the sky and noticed a couple of stars in between the cracks of clouds. Deep blue-black sky and white clouds. It was too bright to see the stars because the street was lit with the lights of homes. Yet, the stars were visible and I just felt moved by the simple beauty.

I have been attracted to things that shine, twinkle, glitter, sparkle, glisten, gleam…and a number of my works including previous photographic series (Sample 1 (Blue Fireflies), 1b and 2 (El Camino)) reflect both natural and artificial light(s).

In recent years, I have found myself drawn to stars…and sometimes the moon.

01MisakoOba_MilkyWay3ab_900“The Milky Way #2” (diptych). Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax (mixed media), Misako Oba

Those are very recent works. The concept was developed last summer and I just started to create the works this year. Works on paper, silk, canvas or wood panels. It is on-going the series.

The work is very reflective of Seattle and its sounding areas. When I am in Tokyo or New York, I don’t even think about the stars or sunset. It’s interesting to see a lot of people in Seattle care about the sunset and nature, and would say, “You can see a beautiful sunset this evening.” Or “Today, you can see the mountains.” They would be excited and I AM very excited since I had lived in such big cities with not much nature or visible stars.

Milky Way#2b detail by Misako Oba           “The Milky Way #2” (detail)

Seattle is such a beautiful city that has BOTH nature and an urban element. Olympic mountains behind the Space needle, and high-rise buildings near various lakes. What excites me is that I can see nature and the urban city together in the SAME frame. Especially in good weather, it is breathtaking. I will never be tired of viewing this type of scenery.

I wanted to show you the beauty by photographing the scene. However, I know photographs don’t always capture the reality. The photos can be more beautiful (..yes you can do that…) or less beautiful than the actual scene you see, and I don’t want to ruin what you can see for yourself on the spot. There are feelings, temperatures, and breezes on your cheek kind of things too. Also, the scene changes in a moment depending on the angles, weather and/or light. So, you must see it yourself by coming to visit. I fell in love with the city when I first visited. Yes, Seattle has much rain, but I found it mostly just drizzling. Unlike rain in New York with stormy winds – in most cases breaking my umbrella. Poeople in Seattle don’t even use umbrellas.

People can go to be in nature easily on a weekend, or even after work. If you drive just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, you can find yourself be in beautiful nature. What a luxury!

Desert #3-a by Misako Oba “Desert #3-a” or b, Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax (mixed media), Misako Oba

And by driving a little further, you can encounter the beauty of God’s creation: forest, desert, open sky with lots of stars at night. I haven’t had much chance to see those yet, so hopefully I would like to explore more. But, I did see the Milky Way for the first time in my life in Eastern Washington. It was not quite as visible since there was a bright moon and it was not summer. However, it was still slightly visible with the naked eye! And as a city person, I was like “wow….” Like a child.

The Milky Way#1 by Misako Oba “The Milky Way #1”  Collagraph with carborundum (mixed media), Misako Oba
Water and Desert (detail) by Misako Oba     “Water and Desert” (details) Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax (mixed media), Misako Oba

In the future blog, I will talk about the text and technique that I employed.

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When You Don’t Feel Inspired… (Story from Chuck Close)

What would you do when you don’t feel motivated?
Or the time you don’t feel inspired – for work or for anything else you need to do?

Do I always feel motivated or inspired to create artwork?
– No. I sometimes feel unmotivated or just don’t feel like creating in the studio.

A lot of people might think creating art is just fun. Maybe, some fortunate artists feel this way all the time. And that’s great. For me, however, while I enjoy choosing the materials and such, once I start working on a project, perhaps only 5% of my time is fun. The remaining 95% I feel is work. A lot of unorganized thoughts, or many different ideas and techniques which are still not in order in my head, would leave me frustrated. When I am in the process of putting my projects together, or when I have multiple projects/tasks with tight deadlines all at once, I feel like procrastinating. And this makes me feel unmotivated or uninspired even though I have high expectations and anticipation for the finished pieces. The whole process creates very complex emotions.

Once I’ve made up my mind with exactly what I want to do and the results please me, I feel excited and eventually happy. I would lose my mind or immerse myself in the process. When I see the completed piece in my studio, at galleries, or in a collectors’ hand, it feels great!

We do things that we enjoy and interest us in the beginning. However, soon after, the passion may be doomed. Life is much more challenging and rewarding when we stick with something over years or decades. Work, relationships, activities and everything important to us requires efforts and patience.

It is good to have inspiration, or try to be inspired. However, when we are not inspired, we can get  stuck. What should we do then? CBS aired a segment called “Note to Self” which featured a letter that Chuck Close wrote to his younger self. It contains great reminders in life, whether you’re an artist or not, that I found very interesting, uplifting and encouraging.


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elow are the two that stand out as my favorites:

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. Every great idea I ever had grew out of work itself.”

“You don’t have to invent a wheel everyday. Today you do what you did yesterday. Tomorrow you do what you do today. Eventually you will get somewhere.”

These quotes make me feel relieved and believe in what I’m doing. In fact, Chuck’s comments make me feel more creative. It is OK if we don’t feel inspired all the time. And even when you don’t feel like you can keep going, just SHOW UP and GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

Additional quotes from the Chuck Close special:

“Never let anyone define what you are capable of by using parameters that don’t apply to you.”

“Sign on to a process and see where it takes you.”

“If you overwhelmed by the size of problem, break it down to a mini-bite size pieces.”

“Everyone needs to feel special.”

“Absolute the worse thing can happen to you, and when you get past it, you will be happy again.”

Chuck Close is a American painter and photographer, who lives and works in New York. He is renowned for large-scale portraitures/human faces through photography and varied inventive drawing and painting techniques, and recognized as a photorealists. He mentioned the encounter with a Jackson Pollock painting at the Seattle Art Museum at the age of 11, influenced him and changed his perspective from what he thought art was. He has a B.A. from the University of Washington and received his MFA from Yale University in 1964. One of his best known subjects from that period was composer Philip Glass, whose portrait Close painted. Later in 2005, Glass wrote a musical portrait of Close. Chuck Close’s recent series features 20 Hollywood stars without make-up or airbrushing. You can find the collection in the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio issue (on stands February 11th).

I knew some of his work before I saw this video. Yet, I didn’t know he suffered a seizure which left him paralyzed from the neck down, and now relies on a wheelchair for his mobility. Compared with him, my physical suffering of numbness and pain in my cheek, as well as nerve and phantom pain that were aftereffects from the loss of my right pinkie, seem lighter to me. I now feel more connected to his story – as an artist and simply as a person. Unexpected events or a stagnant situation (being unmotivated) can happen to anyone.

You can change your perspective anytime. It’s all up to you.

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Feel the Original Work with Texture

I would like you to feel the soul and texture by viewing the original artwork.

When I prepare images for presentation in computer or online, I feel that the images have different feeling from the actual work. I wish I could show the actual pieces to everyone in person. Even jpeg images of photographic work feel very different from the actual printed original fine art photographs – they do not fully capture the subtle texture of the surface, the level of gloss, mat or pearl, tone of the color, the contrast and brightness of the images on paper and the scale, etc.

How you mat the work and frame it make it look different as well. I like metal or wood black frames for my original gelatin silver prints. Some of my works, however, such as the Lambda print version of the Blue Fire Fly series are finished with plexiglass (in the installation shot at the gallery: 36×26 inch).

Some encaustic artists prefer to frame around the art piece. So far I have enjoyed creating unframed encaustic work. I cover the four sides of the artwork, which are normally 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) deep, with encaustic paint. Those sides are a part of my artwork, so I take care to paint them carefully. I have to infuse the sides with a heat gun to fix the layers as I do to the main surface of the work. You can see the basic technique in the separate posts #1 and #2.

CryForLove_Side_9ac_MisakoObaBeyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80c (left) and #80a (right)”, detail, Misako OBA.

Some encaustic artists strive to make a smooth surface. However, I make a rough texture; sometimes the combination of smooth and rough. It feels right to do it in most works. I crave texture in mixed media* work, perhaps because for a long time I have been using the photography medium which is flat and two-dimensional.

At the Icon exhibition, you can have a close look at some encaustic mixed media from the series Beyond Time & Space, Cry for LOVE. With or without reading the concept behind it, enjoy the viewing and experience to feel your emotion.

The show is until this Saturday, September 28th, 2013.

*Mixed media: In visual art, the use of more than one medium in the creation of an artwork. In my work in most cases I use encaustic paint (I make my own medium), oil paint, Japanese rice paper and archival pigment ink (for photo transfer). It depends on the series and work.
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Love Poems Beyond Time

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Meaning: [I don’t know if you will always be true. I cannot see your mind well although you said you would love me forever. So, this morning after you left, I’m lost in thought with my heart confused like my long disheveled black hair… like the tangles in my heart.]  Hyakunin Isshu #80 (poem) by Horikawa

Translation to modern Japanese:
(あなたの愛が長く続くかどうかあなたの心もわからず、あなたと別れた今朝は、私のこの黒髪が乱れているように、もの思いに心も乱れています。)

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Beyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80 ab,” Misako OBA. From the series Truth in Emotion. 25.5 x 12 x 2 inch (64×30.5x5cm)
2_MisakoOba_CryForLove9b_detail“Cry for LOVE 9-#80b” (detail)

My work explores human life as a journey and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of our souls and an exploration of universal experiences. It also depicts the beauty of life with its transient nature.

People today love and suffer as ancient people did. We face the same feelings and issues as humans. It’s beyond time and space, I realized.

In this project, the collection of 7th – 13th century Japanese Tanka poems of thirty-one syllables (known as百人一首Haykunin Isshu*) are re-written in calligraphy using specific ancient characters (the same as back then) on Japanese paper. I often use text in my work, searching for harmony in text and images, sometimes in printmaking and other times in mixed media painting like this series. Ancient Japanese is different from modern Japanese. Even for me as a Japanese person, I cannot easily read those characters especially in calligraphy form. As for the typed ones, I can read them but didn’t know the meaning, so I had to study what each poem means. Actually, I ended up making a spreadsheet in Excel and put the author’s information, background, the time and the translation from those original ancient 100 poems into modern Japanese and English. I then categorized each poem based on the theme such as women’s desperate and/or passionate love as well as men’s love, loneliness or transience in life, and beauty of the four seasons and nature.

In Japan, Haykunin Isshu is fairly popular. We study and memorize some of the poems as schoolchildren. However, as a child without much life experience, you cannot know the deep meaning. I never knew until I opened up this time, and I felt amazed how passionate Japanese men and women in love in that era were and expressed it in the poem in a sophisticated way, and how common human emotions in life are. (You can read more about the concept of the series Beyond Time & Space in the separate post.)

Calligraphy layered in this series was written by my father, a master of calligraphy in Japan. Calligraphy is one of the historical means of communication in Japan and takes many years to master although in this modern society it is no longer common practice. I have been exploring ways of combining traditional calligraphy with my contemporary art work partly in order to create new ideas to pass on to the next generation in a different art form, which is not straight calligraphy but I let it become abstract, yet it still has a substantial meaning and role in the work.

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Beyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80d” 2013 (detail), Misako OBA. From the series Truth in Emotion.

I also use English text as you can see in my encaustic mixed media work (in the right side of the image above). It is also transforming to the new images using my point of view.

Take a peek at the encaustic mixed media works from the series Truth in Emotion “Beyond Time & Space” Part 1: Cry for LOVE.  The show is until September 28th in Seattle.

Hanson Scott Gallery
121 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 858 361-5385  www.hansonscottgallery.com
Gallery hours: Wed – Sat. 11am-5pm
September 5th– 28th, 2013
(Last day, Sep. 28th : Until 3pm)

This is an ongoing series and eventually there will be 20 pieces for Part 1: Cry for LOVE-What Women think.  (Update: This Part1 was completed (25-works), and Part2 Cry for LIFE was completed, as of May, 2017.  Part 3 and 4 will follow later).

*Hakunin Isshu is a collection of 100 Tanka poems by 100 cerebrated authors.
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Immerse Yourself in Art: Exhibition Info.

In recent years, I have expanded from only photography to mixed-media painting, especially incorporating encaustic and text such as Japanese calligraphy or different languages (French, English, etc.) that are based on the individual concept of each series.

Beyond Time & Space: "Cry for LOVE 9-#80d" Misako OBA, From the series Truth in Emotion.

Beyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80d” 2013. Misako OBA. From the series Truth in Emotion.

The encaustic mixed media works that will be exhibited at the Hanson Scott Gallery in Seattle from September 5th are a part of my ongoing series Truth in Emotion “Beyond Time & Space” Part 1: Cry for LOVE.  You can take a peek. Part 1 is based exclusively on desperate and/or passionate love letters/poems regarding thoughts and feelings including loneliness or transience in life.

People today love and suffer from the same issues as ancient people did. It’s beyond time and space. The collection of 7th-13th century Japanese poems are re-written in calligraphy using specific ancient characters (the same as back then) on Japanese paper. I make layers with an ancient medium (encaustic paint) and the materials from ancient Japan as well as the images that I witnessed from the 21st century in the U.S. where I lived/live including New York City and Seattle; while at the same time investing my own emotional content and imagination into these poems and artworks.

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Beyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80c”2013 (detail), Misako OBA. From the series Truth in Emotion.

Opening reception: September 5th, 5–8 pm.
Awards reception: September 14th, 5–7 pm.
Exhibition: September 5th– 28th, 2013

Hanson Scott Gallery
121 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 858 361-5385
Gallery hours: Wed – Sat. 11am-5pm

I will be at the opening. Please say hi to me if you find me. 🙂 My mixed media works including encaustic and photography were exhibited in NYC and other places before and some printmaking works in Seattle, but this is the FIRST exposure of my encaustic work in Seattle. I feel excited! Looking forward to meeting you.

By the way, encaustic is big in Seattle. I found that there are many well-known encaustic artists live and create their works in Seattle. Also, there are related events such as EncaustiCamp by my new friend Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, an artist and author of encaustic books. She lived in Seattle as well and her works are represented by this gallery. (Currently she lives in Australia.)

The exhibition at the Hanson Scott Gallery is a part of the First Thursday Art Walk* in the gallery district in Seattle. You can immerse yourself in art.

*Free parking available. (5pm-10pm: Visit a gallery, restaurant, or store in Pioneer Square to receive a voucher.)
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