Recent Work

  • Through the Woods V
      • Through the Woods V
      • 2015
      • 18” x 18”
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Through the Woods IV
      • Through the Woods IV
      • 2014
      • 20” x 20”
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Mother and Child III
      • Mother and Child III
      • 2015
      • 25” x 18”
    • Graphite on paper
  • Mother and Child II
      • Mother and Child II
      • 2015
      • 25” x 18”
    • Graphite on paper
  • Mother and Child I
      • Mother and Child I
      • 2014
      • 25” x 18”
    • Graphite on paper
  • School Girls 2013
      • School Girls
      • 2013
      • 25" x 18"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Camel Driver 2013
      • Camel Driver
      • 2013
      • 25" x 18"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Through The Woods III 2012
      • Through The Woods III
      • 2012
      • 20" x 10"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink on panel

Mixed Media

Japanese Paper Collage and Sumi Ink Drawings

I have been very familiar with handmade Japanese paper and sumi ink since my childhood. Yet I started using them about ten years ago as a part of my mixed media work. My interest in these materials has increased and they have become the focus of my new artwork although I do not follow the traditional sumi drawing methods or concepts. Although some works are rather representational, I like to express my perception of the inseparable elements of our natural environment in abstract form using Japanese paper and the monochromatic tonality that sumi ink creates. I have been investigating and creating visual textual surfaces and simulating textual sensations that evoke our connections to the environment. I limit my medium to sumi ink and sometimes water color on Japanese handmade paper for the mixed media. The layers of tones and marks create an illusion of depth and texture, and the Japanese paper’s overlay produces the actual textures in the picture. The solid black brush strokes are decisive yet the strokes interact with various translucent values and change the mood of the characters. I have learned how black and gray values with the tone of the paper are expressive and profound. I value very much the subtlety of monochromatic tones and boldness the sumi ink creates on the Japanese paper even though I am surrounded by colors. The magnified parts of the objects in nature convey a universal sense and various aspects of perception. I feel very comfortable working with both traditional and new medium because they provide impressions that help extend my imagination.

  • Through the Woods V
      • Through the Woods V
      • 2015
      • 18” x 18”
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Through the Woods IV
      • Through the Woods IV
      • 2014
      • 20” x 20”
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Through The Woods III 2012
      • Through The Woods III
      • 2012
      • 20" x 10"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink on panel
  • Through The Woods II 2012
      • Through The Woods II
      • 2012
      • 18" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink on panel
  • Through the Woods I 2012
      • Through the Woods I
      • 2012
      • 18" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink on panel
  • The Sea 2011
      • The Sea
      • 2010
      • 20" x 20"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink on panel
  • Columns I 2010
      • Columns I
      • 2010
      • 10" x 14"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Japan Sea 2007
      • Japan Sea
      • 2007
      • 18" x 24"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Vista 2006
      • Vista
      • 2006
      • 24" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Lull 2006
      • Lull
      • 2006
      • 36" x 48"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Stillness 2006
      • Stillness
      • 2006
      • 36" x 48"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Strirations I 2006
      • Strirations I
      • 2006
      • 18" x 24"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Interstices I (R & L) 2005-6
      • Interstices I (R & L)
      • 2005 - 6
      • 18" x 24"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Grove II 2006
      • Grove II
      • 2006
      • 18" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Grove I 2006
      • Grove I
      • 2006
      • 18" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Thaw2006
      • Thaw
      • 2006
      • 36" x 48"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink on panel
  • Oscillations 2005
      • Oscillations
      • 2005
      • 24" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Whirlpool 2004
      • Whirlpool
      • 2004
      • 18" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Morning Light 2004
      • Morning Light
      • 2004
      • 18" x 18"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink
  • Rock Garden 2004
      • Rock Garden
      • 2004
      • 24" x 36"
    • Japanese paper collage and sumi ink

Drawings

Recently, I began working on drawings with charcoals and graphite pencils. The drawings are based on self-portraits, family related themes and photographs I took during my travels. I like to work with monochromatic tone instead of using colors because I still love shades of grays and the strong contrast of black and white in which an indirect sense of color emerges.

  • Mother and Child III
      • Mother and Child III
      • 2015
      • 25” x 18”
    • Graphite on paper
  • Mother and Child II
      • Mother and Child II
      • 2015
      • 25” x 18”
    • Graphite on paper
  • Mother and Child I
      • Mother and Child I
      • 2014
      • 25” x 18”
    • Graphite on paper
  • School Girls 2013
      • School Girls
      • 2013
      • 25" x 18"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Camel Driver 2013
      • Camel Driver
      • 2013
      • 25" x 18"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Observers 2012
      • Observers
      • 2012
      • 18" x 25"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Woman Marchant 2012
      • Woman Merchant
      • 2012
      • 25" x 18"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Ancient Echoes II 2011
      • Ancient Echoes II
      • 2011
      • 22" x 17"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Ancient Echoes I 2010
      • Ancient Echoes I
      • 2010
      • 16.5" x 12.5"
    • ​Graphite on paper
  • Brooke 2010 - clipped
      • Brooke 2010
      • 2010
      • 23" x 15.5"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Canopic Jar 2009
      • Canopic Jars
      • 2009
      • 30" x 22"
    • Charcoal on paper
  • Brayden 2009
      • Brayden
      • 2009
      • 23" x 14.5"
    • Graphite on paper
  • Biological Mother 2009
      • Biological Mother
      • 2009
      • 30" x 22"
  • Family Motto 2009
      • Family Motto
      • 2009
      • 30" x 22"
    • Charcoal on paper

Other Media

Digital Art
It was an intentional experiment to extend image forms with very limited elements using my imagination and knowledge of computer applications. The image resources were marks and shapes from my original black and white monoprints, small monochromatic Japanese paper collage, and the nature photographs that I took. Many of the images I included are derived from a portion of a green pepper image of an original monoprint and its surrounding textual marks. A pear-like organic shape from a pepper was transformed to human figures, plants and birds. Textual marks formed the representational and abstract environment. I deducted elements from the original images to simplify the image to express emotion, time and space. On the other hand, I added more layers and repeated marks and shapes to create complexity in the image and express eluded time, sense and space, and illusion of texture.

Silk Screen Print
I started silkscreen prints as my major artwork while I was working for my MFA degree at Michigan State University. With a background as a graphic designer, I found the medium was very attractive for creating layers of colors and images that emerged with a translucency, a very flat surface, and an illusion of depth. I used paper stencils and applied brush marks directly on the screen to make stencils. I no longer work with silkscreen prints, but all of my remaining screen prints haven’t lost their color quality after more that twenty years.

Other Mixed Media and Oil Sticks
Before I started digital Art I experimented with mixed media, especially oil stick, pastel and digitally manipulated photographs on silkscreen prints. I wanted to express the feelings I felt as a child.

  • Pendulum 2011
      • Pendulum
      • 2011
      • 18" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on paper
  • Least said, soonest mendedflatten 2010
      • Less Said the Better
      • 2010
      • 14" x 18"
    • Digital drawing printed on paper
  • Morning dewdrop 2004
      • Morning Dewdrop
      • 2004
      • 14" x 22"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Reverberation 2003 - sm
      • Reverberation
      • 2003
      • 22" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Immersion II 2003 - sm
      • Immersion II
      • 2003
      • 14" x 22"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Immersion I 2004
      • Immersion I
      • 2004
      • 22" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • wind 2002 - sm
      • Wind
      • 2002
      • 21" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Deliverance  2002 - sm
      • Deliverance
      • 2002
      • 22" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Masonry 2002
      • Masonry
      • 2002
      • 14" x 24"
    • Digital collage printed on Rives paper
  • Hazy Summer Day 2002
      • Hazy Summer Day
      • 2002
      • 20.5" x 15.5"
    • Digital collage and drawing printed on ​​Japanese paper
  • Evolvemet III 2003
      • Evolvement III
      • 2002
      • 21" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Evolvement II 2002
      • Evolvement II
      • 2002
      • 21" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Evolvement I 2002
      • Evolvement I
      • 2002
      • 21" x 14"
    • Digital drawing printed on Rives paper
  • Sunset 2001
      • Sunset
      • 2001
      • 16" x 22"
    • Digital collage and drawing printed on ​​Japanese paper
  • Intimacy IIII 2002
      • Intimacy IIII
      • 2001
      • 15" x 10"
    • Digital drawing printed on Japanese paper
  • Intimacy II 2002
      • Intimacy II
      • 2001
      • 15" x 10"
    • Digital drawing printed on Japanese paper
  • Intimacy I 2002
      • Intimacy I
      • 2001
      • 15" x 10"
    • Digital drawing printed on Japanese paper
  • Sunset at Assisi 1998
      • Sunset at Assisi
      • 1998
      • 18" x 24"
    • Silkscreen, Drawing and Digital Image on paper
  • Prayer 1998
      • Prayer
      • 1998
      • 18" x 24"
    • Silkscreen, Drawing and Digital Image on paper
  • Altar to the Sun 1998
      • Altar to the Sun
      • 1998
      • 18" x 24"
    • Silkscreen, Drawing and Digital Image on paper
  • Temple 1997
      • Temple
      • 1997
      • 24" x 18"
    • Silkscreen, Drawing and Digital Image on paper
  • Fusion 1997
      • Fusion
      • 1997
      • 24" x 18"
    • Silkscreen, Drawing and Digital Image on paper
  • The Bonds I 1996
      • The Bonds I
      • 1996
      • 24" x 18"
    • Silkscreen, Drawing and Digital Image
  • The Mother's Portrait 1994
      • The Mother’s Portrait
      • 1994
      • 26" x 18"
    • Silkscreen print and oil stick drawing on paper
  • The Family Portrait 1994
      • The Family Portrait
      • 1994
      • 39" x 26"
    • Oil stick drawing on paper
  • My Elementary Teacher II 1994
      • My Elementary Teacher II
      • 1994
      • 24" x 18"
    • Mono print
  • My Elementary Teacher I 1994
      • My Elementary Teacher I
      • 1994
      • 24" x 18"
    • Mono print
  • Incubus 1994
      • Incubus
      • 1994
      • 39" x 26"
    • Oil stick drawing on paper
  • Current 1991
      • Current
      • 1991
      • 19" x 25"
    • Silkscreen
  • Afterglow 1991
      • Afterglow
      • 1991
      • 24.5" x 18.5"
    • Silkscreen
  • Compositions II 1990
      • Composition II
      • 1990
      • 19" x 27"
    • Silkscreen
  • Column I 1991
      • Column I
      • 1990
      • 24" x 18"
    • Silkscreen