Size: 24"W x 30"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2017
Recently I had to put down my beloved pug, named Bandit. In dealing with my grief, I painted this abstract that exemplified his spirit. In Thai culture, they store their ancestors ashes in what they call, 'spirit houses'. They are tiny little wooden houses that reside in front of their homes so their ancestors can look after them and be present. I painted this spirit house in the hope that Bandit would always be with me.
Being a shy person, I used art as a way to communicate during my youth. I found color and humor were my strengths. Getting noticed, even though it terrified me. In the mid 1980's (during my early twenties) I moved to Paris with my fiancé and not having a work permit, I found myself frequenting museums all the time, drawing furiously, trying to stay warm and avoiding the striking metro trains. Upon my return, I took up the airbrush and was self taught. I applied to Art Center College of Design and was accepted. I was classically trained in Illustration and graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in 1996. I went on to have a fruitful career as a digital designer/Art Director for many years. I decided to go back to painting after a long hiatus. Life is good.