Connecting Hands

Ancestral Landscape I
Ancestral Landscape I

(2017) acrylic, watercolor, gouache, ink, metal leaf, resin, glitter, plastic on wood, 30"x20"

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Nekoyama
Nekoyama

2014, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, metal leaf, pencil, ink on paper, 30”x22”, photo credit: Dan Kvitka

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Friends of a Feather
Friends of a Feather

2012, acrylic on canvas, 16"x12

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Anya + Beatrix
Anya + Beatrix

2014, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, metal leaf, pencil, ink on paper, 22”x30” photo credit: Dan Kvitka Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection

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Earthly Beings, Heavenly Beings
Earthly Beings, Heavenly Beings

2013, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, metal leaf, pencil, ink on paper, 22”x30”, photo credit: Dan Kvitka

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Kumori Kimochi
Kumori Kimochi

2013, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, metal leaf, pencil, ink on paper, 22”x30”, Google Collection, Cambridge MA, photo credit: Dan Kvitka

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Wayfarers
Wayfarers

2012, acrylic on canvas, 20"x16"

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This series of paintings and drawings responded to a universal human phenomenon -- a small child at ages 2, 3, and 4, throwing herself into the substrate -- paper, sidewalk, and drawing with raw energy and constant exploration. The saying is old as the sea, that children grow up too fast.  This became my lament.  I wanted to hold onto my little one just a little bit longer.  I held on through drawing and learning from her young hand. I began tracing and retracing her drawings into mine, and incorporating them onto the substrate with the patterns and motifs of our ancestors. In these drawings, all of our hands are connected together.