Meet Oni, the Studio Dog

Meet Oni, my 7-month-old puppy and studio dog (in training). He can be a bit of handful running around the studio and getting into everything - he particularly loves eating blue tape - but he's a sweetheart too and will do anything for treats (even pose for his silly master). 

Oh, and Happy National Pet Day (just found out about that)!

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Artists Commute Too

Here's what my commute to my studio looks like:

David at Angel's Gate  by  S.C. Mero

David at Angel's Gate by S.C. Mero

I walk past this sculpture by @s.c.mero on my route from the metro to my studio. 'David at Angel's Gate' uses 7,501 pennies! Love the hair and the (one) copper-colored shoe. Located in Broadway Spring Arcade in DTLA.

Grey on grey . Waiting for the train. 

Grey on grey. Waiting for the train. 

Yes, I did say my walk from the metro. I am blessed to live relatively close to a station, where I can park for free, take a 22-minute ride downtown and walk 4 blocks to my studio. Besides not having to pay for parking nor deal with traffic, I love this because it means I get to enjoy all these amazing murals!

I don't have the best photos - they're so big it's hard to capture - but I would actually suggest a mural tour yourself if you ever happen to be in the area. I know that's next on my list - I want to find out what I'm missing!

Top: unfortunately I couldn't find the artist name on this one; it's on Main St. near 5th.  Bottom: Marilee Spencer, 2015. On Main St. at Winston.

Top: unfortunately I couldn't find the artist name on this one; it's on Main St. near 5th. 
Bottom: Marilee Spencer, 2015. On Main St. at Winston.

New Studio at The Hive in DTLA

Hello there! I've been busy the last couple of weeks setting up my new studio at The Hive Gallery & Studios. Here are some photos to give you a sense, but also feel free to stop by and see for yourself - gallery hours below. 

Me popping up through the hole with the ladder, which is the only way to access the space. 

Me popping up through the hole with the ladder, which is the only way to access the space. 

My easel and part of my workspace - it's hard to capture the whole space without falling off the edge. Don't worry, there's a bannister for safety!

My easel and part of my workspace - it's hard to capture the whole space without falling off the edge. Don't worry, there's a bannister for safety!

The Hive is a multi-use space that has rotating group shows in the front 2 rooms, then wall space for rent in the back where artists can display and sell their artwork. Upstairs are studio spaces for artists to work in. The Hive was voted "Best Art Gallery 2013" by the LA Weekly's Reader Choice 2013. 

View through the display area on the ground floor. You can barely see my studio loft at top.

View through the display area on the ground floor. You can barely see my studio loft at top.

View from my loft of other artists display spaces. Did I mention this place is called The Hive? Hence the bees and hive shaped decor hanging from the ceiling.

View from my loft of other artists display spaces. Did I mention this place is called The Hive? Hence the bees and hive shaped decor hanging from the ceiling.

I got lucky because my space is a hybrid - it's a loft (accessible by ladder only!) built above the display walls where I can both paint and display my work. 

View of my bannister hung with paintings; my easel and workspace behind. 

View of my bannister hung with paintings; my easel and workspace behind. 

Regular gallery hours at The Hive are 1-6PM Wed-Sat, plus an opening reception for a new group show every month on the First Saturday, 8-11PM. We also participate in DTLA Art Walk every Second Thursday, 4-11PM (The Hive was voted the best stop on the Art Walk by the LA Weekly in 2014). 

Come say hi! NOTE: It's best to text or email me prior to visit if you want to guarantee I'm there.

Coming Soon: New Studio Space at The Hive

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I have secured a studio space starting in January! I am thrilled to have found a space so quickly, as many studios have long wait lists. My studio will be in Downtown LA at The Hive Gallery and Studios. Mine is a small loft overlooking the exhibition space (accessible by ladder only! I'll post photos on Instagram when I move in).

This is exciting because I can both paint and display my work in the same place. This will include being a stop on the Downtown Art Walk every 2nd Thursday of the month. It will be fun to join this community of talented artists. For now, though, I can tell you that I am very much looking forward to having a studio again and getting back to work painting!