Monday, March 25, 2013


Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian.

The Westward Ho (featured above) was originally going to be called the Roosevelt Hotel. Jim McPherson of the Arizona Preservation Foundation said "In recent years the Westward Ho has hosted the Evans Churchill Neighborhood's Interesting Interiors Tour and discussions have been held on possible new uses for the empty spaces on the building's main level. Arizona Preservation Foundation has provided background information and community support for those efforts."

It is exciting for me to be working with the APF on these paintings.

The Westward Ho was completed in 1928 and closed as a hotel in 1980. It made a grand intro appearance in the remake of Psycho by Gus Van Sant.
John F. Kennedy stayed in one of the Patio Suites while he was recovering from WWII. Later on it is said he romanced Marilyn Monroe in his secluded suite, room 218. The Westward Ho was one of his favorite locations in Phoenix and once delivered a campaign speech from the steps of the east entrance.
Source: The Secrets of the Westward Ho and its Spirits
Now who do you think will be in my complementary painting?

Friday, March 15, 2013


This painting is derived from a recent photograph of the Mountain View Officers Club (2012). Image courtesy of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.

Continuing the series, this is the exterior of the Mountain View Officers Club. I decided to paint them in my usual small fashion and not to convert them to canvas as I previously planned. I really enjoy the small painting. Instead they will be featured framed and matted together with a slight space in between as follows:


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


This painting is derived from an historical photograph courtesy of Fort Huachuca Museum. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.

Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, entertained troops at the Mountain View Officers Club at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in the 1940s. Originally termed the Colored Officers Club, the building is now in a state of disrepair and is on the Arizona Preservation Foundation's list of Most Endangered Historic Places.

Mountain View Colored Officers Club 

High on a hill overlooking Fort Huachuca Army base in Sierra Vista sits a dilapidated building that once echoed with the sublime song stylings of Lena Horne during World War II. She came to entertain the black troops at the Mountain View Colored Officers Club, built in 1942 by the then segregated Army for its growing number of colored soldiers. A plan to preserve that building and turn it in to an African-American military research center is on the drawing board, but an estimated $3 million is needed to save and convert the club.
In my quest to learn more about Arizona I met up with Jim McPherson, president of the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and we agreed that it would be fun to begin my exploration by doing some paintings of the Most Endangered Historic Places. This is the first half of the first one. There will be eight pairs of paintings in all, each including an image of the endangered building and something other that pertains to it.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


"sheila's daughter" 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on canvas board.

Commissioned work usually starts with one small "sketch" but in this case when my friend asked me to do a portrait of her daughter, she also found a portrait of her kids together when they were little and she could not decide which one she wanted me to paint. I told her I would sketch out both and then she picked the one with her daughter alone for a larger portrait.

        small sketches on photo paper. 

If you are interested in a painting of someone you love, let me know.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


When you have some plaster left over it cannot go to waste, so I pressed some babies into clay and made these today too. I am debating whether to clean up the edges or not. What do you think?


           Thursday morning we decided to try something I learned while working at Anthropologie. So Shari came over and we made up a batch of plaster and dipped in some fabric flowers. Voila, instant porcelain... well, not exactly.

It seems that certain fabrics absorbed more readily than others and we got a mixed bag of results. My favorite are the small buds (right), and the roses that were originally white (left).

I am not disappointed as it was fun to see what would happen. They are extremely delicate though and need to be handled with care.

(Oh, and I am not going to leave them stuck in my chair seats either.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


One really freaky thing here is that this photo, to me, looks like a relief instead of a mold, but take my word for it, these figures are recessed. From them I spent a few hours on Tuesday morning making the following babies. So far I have added some of them to a pinch pot, and I am thinking of raku firing for all of them. But first there will be some clean up of the edges. So many ideas are coming up in my mind, stay tuned.

Monday, March 4, 2013


"wednesday" collage on prestamped postcard, 5.5 by 3.5 inches.

"monday" collage on prestamped postcard, 5.5 by 3.5 inches.

A while back I was given old family documents belonging to a Hungarian woman, named Magda/Magdolna/Magdelena, by her daughter. She said she had no one to leave them to, and that I could use them in my work. I kept them safely in my files, but could not bear to cut up the originals. Today I decided to make copies and print them to use in this collage series. I wish I could translate all the documents, but even with an online translator I did not get very far. I did find that one of the documents was a school honor, and one was a smallpox vaccine certificate.

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