Friday, March 30, 2012

50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition & Opening Reception

My piece, "Stripey Socks," was selected for a certificate of merit in the 50th Annual Illustration West Competition by the Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles.  For those of you who may be in Los Angeles, there is an opening reception for the 50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition TONIGHT from 7-10pm at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA.  My piece and dozens of others chosen for the competition are on display.

50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition
7:00-10:00pm at Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
For more info, visit

If you can't stop by today, the show will be up from March 30th through April 4th. You can also check out some of the winning work at You can browse by category or by artist. My piece is can be found in the student category.

As always, I am honored to be chosen for inclusion in the show alongside so many extremely talented illustrators and artists. I will not be able to attend the show but would love to hear from anyone who is able to make it!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Work & LIVESTRONG Community Impact Program

Here is a painting I completed recently. It was difficult to photograph, as it is quite possibly my shiniest painting to date. 

oil on canvas
30" x 40"

In other news,  in my secret life as an art therapy intern, I have been working at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. This hospital is currently in the running to receive a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Grant to fund an artist-in-residence program for the adult and child oncology programs.

In order to receive the grant, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital must receive community support in the form of online votes. If you can, please take a moment to read about the The Oncology Program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Lutheran General Children’s Hospital and cast your vote!

*(My enthusiasm is misleading: You only get one vote, not three).

As an art therapy intern working in the pediatric unit of this hospital, I have seen first-hand how art can serve as a way to help people take charge of their illness and treatment, and can provide an outlet for patients to work through difficulties, tell stories, and express hopes and fears during their journey with illness and  recovery.  My work as an intern at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital ends in May of this year, and I believe patients at this hospital would benefit tremendously from this LIVESTRONG grant by receiving continued access to art during their hospitalization and treatment.


Finally, to conclude this post, a painting/collage of Zooey Deschanel that I created out of whatever the opposite of adoration is. Subsequently my roommate, not picking up on the disapproving tone, hung it in our living room, out of sincere adoration. Enjoy!

Quirky vacuous female > Vacuous female
oil and fabric on canvas
24" x 36"