The predominant manner in which I coped with all of these emotions was immersion in art...

... I sketched and painted, and this is the period when I first fell in love with van Gogh, de Kooning, and Pollock. Abstract art was a way for me to place my rawness front and center, without words, without fear of retribution. I didn't need to explain anything; the canvas did it for me. I didn't have to use reason or rational thought, because in creating I found a solution to my doubts.

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Getting Out There

I'm so pleased that I have the chance to show case some of my artwork in the homes that my friend Deborah Nguyen is listing on the market. She came up with this idea a few months ago when we were chatting about my endeavors to foray into the art world. The first home I had my art in was this beautiful first level flat in Potrero -- 320 Texas St. I got to work with the very talented Jeffrey Senkir of Senkir Design, which was a real treat.

This month, some of my work is hanging in 920 Harrison St #1, which is a converted loft in SoMa. I have three pieces hanging there: Winter, Still LIfe, and Fields. (I haven't even had a chance to photograph Still Life properly since I had it framed and immediately hung it in the first place. Much to my chagrin...)

Fields. 11/2015. Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas. 24 x 24, 3/4 in. profile. 

It feels good to have my art out there. I've been putting my postcards with contact info at the houses. Honestly I'm so new to this, I'm not quite sure how to best get my name out there. I haven't quite gathered up the nerve to see if I could display some art in coffee shops or small art houses.

Anyone have any advice, from their own trials & tribulations, that they could offer?