From July 29th to August 17th, I’ll be on a a NOAA research vessel called the Reuben Lasker! Not sure what to expect other than I believe it’s going to be an incredible opportunity to experience what marine biologists experience while on these ships. Looking forward to new friendships and a wonderful story to tell!
Fourth and final gyotaku demonstration for this month, and it was an absolutely amazing way to end June! We were invited to share our art at a dinner fundraising event for 'Kitchens for Good' @kitchensforgood in San Diego through local seafood provider @catalinaoffshoreproducts , where we shared the historical origins of gyotaku to a large crowd and demonstrated our approach using the same materials as the ones created in the 1800's. The two prints we created during our demonstration, sweetened with a private dinner, were donated and auctioned off to the crowd for $1700.....each.
Joyous and SO thrilled to be a part of what 'Kitchens for Good' is accomplishing!!
I didn't fully understand their mission until I heard the testimony of one of their graduates. It's a very moving program where they take in individuals who have either forfeited their chances in life or have never had a chance to begin with, and teach them structured culinary skills so that they can reshape their lives and join the higher tier restaurants of San Diego. The brave young lady pictured spoke about her troubled past; pregnant at 14, manipulated to sell her body not long after, and so many other disheartening events that eventually led her here. And now at the age of 27, she works at an upper class restaurant, completely independent, stable and now a role model to others. If you haven't been to one of their dinner events where these very students follow the instruction of premier local chefs and prepare the meals, I highly recommend it. It was a wonderful and very human experience.
A prominent spearfishing club here in Orange County called OC SPEAROS will be hosting their next club meeting in front of PELAGIC HQ in Costa Mesa on June 20th at 7pm! We’ll be doing a live gyotaku demo of a fish provided by the club (not sure what it is just yet). Sounds like it’ll be quite a large and fun event! Looking forward to meeting you all there!
I always feel at home here at Catalina Offshore Products in San Diego. Like walking into a bar where everyone knows my name?? 🙃 They helped me create a great space to demonstrate and share.
Very blessed to see so many folks joyfully going home with artwork. Thank you everyone for turning out, shaking my hand, and encouraging me to continue.
Next demo/art sale is at The Joint in Sherman Oaks, June 9th!!
I was introduced to Catalina Offshore Products in San Diego around a year ago. Since then they’ve supplied fish for my art and introduced me to countless of people, but have also become very good friends of mine that have shared the joys and burdens of life. Some of my favorite people! Really looking forward this!
I've been to France four times before this trip, most of which were spent along the southern Riviera; a recent gallery exhibition as well as having my short film in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2000. Incredible honors and yet there was never a human satisfaction where I thought, "I'm really glad to have come here". This time in western France of Quiberon where I participated in a multi-artist gyotaku exhibition, I met a group of locals, some artists and others not. They were all complete strangers, but now my heart breaks to have to be apart from them. The kind of fellowship I search for, satisfied in this tiny and quiet town along the sea. I am very glad to have come here.
It was an absolute honor to meet and spend time with invited guests Matsunaga Matsura and Nii Yuji.
We’re on BLOODY DECKS!!!
Absolutely honored to be chosen by premiere saltwater fly fishing magazine 'Tail' @tailflyfishingmagazine to create an original piece specifically for their May/June issue and to be showcased in a rather flattering article covering my process and theory.
Limited edition reproduction prints on Japanese washi paper of the full mahimahi spread will also be available via their site.
Our third gyotaku demonstration with Patagonia, this time at their outlet store in Salt Lake City!!
It’s neat to see how each store differs in personality, but they all share the same gentle passion for the outdoors and a loving enthusiasm for wanting to share it with others.
The event was filled with fly fishing enthusiasts, music, food, fly tying, fly fishing films, and lastly our gyotaku demonstration. Absolutely enjoyed every minute of it!
Thank you again, Patagonia!!
Two separate museums have offered their space to showcase my work in the span of just a couple of days!
More details soon, but both are towards the end of this year and the beginning of next!