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Visual Meditation

When I practice yoga, the steady breathing and flowing movements help me achieve a meditative state of mind. I find that happens too when I focus my eyes on the arrangement of patterns all around me. They create this visual beat, a rhythm that calms the chatter in my head and my heart.

When I was growing up, there were times of stress brought on by middle-school friendship drama, insecurity about myself, family strife. What gave me the most comfort was to go into my room and rearrange my collection of James Dean memorabilia. I would move the postcards and posters around until they achieved a certain flow and balance, then lie back and admire the rebel perfectly perched on my walls. I think there are many of us who respond to chaos and uncertainty by reaching for some semblance of order.

Today, the causes of the heartache and insecurity are different, but the need to reach for a safe harbor is still the same. I’m glad, though, that my attempts have moved beyond that small room, beyond moving the same pieces over and over. The search brings me to what appears out in the world around me. While this visual meditation brings me a sense of ease, it also opens me up to possibilities, to wonder. Following the swirl of a spiral staircase, I am calmed by each repeating step and I find myself ready for where it will lead me next.

In 2014, I spent three weeks in Mexico for an artist residency. These images are from San Francisco Etla and Oaxaca City. For more images from Mexico, please see the blog posts from Spring 2014.

Sweet Huitzo


For three weeks in early 2014, I travelled to Mexico to study printmaking with Maestro Enrique Flores, experiment with different kinds of art making, and to make new photographs that capture the color and energy (not to mention the sun!) of this beautifully diverse country. This is the third post of a series from that trip.

After Mexico City (pop. 8.8 million), San Pablo Huitzo, Oaxaca, certainly offered a markedly different experience. The town lies northwest of Oaxaca City, in the central valleys of the state. There are fields of corn, strawberries and flowers, and quarries spread along both sides of the two-lane highway. Most of the 118,000 residents live in the three districts on the west side. That’s where Maestro Enrique Flores and Manuel Bernal, his extremely talented nephew, were born and continue to live. It’s where they help artists realize their own creative visions at Enrique’s beautiful printmaking studio. It’s where their big-hearted family embraced me into the fold.

I arrived at the tail-end of the town’s fiesta, honoring its patron saint, San Pablo. At night, the plaza came alive with all the neighbors visiting with each other amidst the food stalls, young couples sneaking romance in the shadows, music thumping from carnival rides and the local band. In the brightness of day, the streets lay still, only the sound of an occasional mototaxi vrooming by.

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Supporting the Philippines through Art

Thanks to those of you who have asked about my family since Typhoon Haiyan (also referred to as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated the central and southern Philippines. My family lives in Luzon and I am grateful that they were out of harms’ way. But many families of my friends are among the masses who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones. As difficult as it is to fathom such trauma, I know we don’t want to be paralyzed by it.
Would you please join me in taking action, in following our impulse to help and to extend hope?

Waiting for a PrinceWaiting for You: “Waiting for a Prince” Raffle
Eligibility: Anyone in the continental United States and Hawai’i may enter.
Each Entry is $10, but you can donate as much as you want, i.e. $20 is 2 entries, $30 is three entries.
Prize: One lucky winner will receive “Waiting for a Prince” (digital photograph, image size 8″x12″, matted 16″x20″). I will pay for shipping of this matted print.
Donation/Entry Process: Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, 2013*, please make a donation to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. Every $10 you give is an entry for this contest. You MUST forward your confirmation email from NAFCON to me ( and please include your name and preferred contact information. I will reply with your entry number and contact you if you win!
I will take “donations” until midnight PST on Dec. 15. The winner will be picked via and I will post the results of the drawing on Dec. 16.

* I know many of you have already donated to different Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. THANK YOU for your quick response! The survivors of this super typhoon have a very long and hard road to recovery, so there is still a need for monetary support for temporary shelter, food and other necessities as local people work to rebuild. This raffle is meant to spur new donations to help with the on-going need, so donations must be made between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, 2013 in order to qualify as a raffle entry.

About Waiting for a Prince
In September 2011, I returned to my birthplace. I was in Manila when Typhoon Pedring hit Luzon. It was nowhere near the force of Typhoon Haiyan, but it did break through the seawall. While I was waiting for the waters to recede, I saw strangers on this jeepney helping each other: Men would carry a passenger on their backs, deposit them onto higher ground, then go back for one or two more before moving on with their day. After Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos continue to help each other. They aren’t necessarily waiting for princes to come to the rescue, but they are relying on each other and the global community to provide whatever resources we can share so they can take charge of their recovery and rebuild on their own terms. Please join me in supporting their efforts.

Maraming salamat po.

An Ocean Apart

The Philippines and Madagascar are about 5,500 miles (9,000 kilometers) apart, separated by the Indian Ocean, but that distance has been bridged culturally and linguistically through trade and migration. People from Borneo, the Philippines southern neighbor, were the first settlers in Madagascar, so we share similar physical characteristics and as well as Austronesian language roots.

When I travelled to Madagascar for the first time in 2012, I was struck by a sense of familiarity. I had returned to the Philippines in 2011 and the sights, sounds and smells of my homeland were still fresh in my memory when I landed in Madagascar a year later. Many Malagasy people reminded me of my cousins, not just in looks but in also mannerisms. A rice soup brought back memories of home. Local children teaching me to count in Malagasy made me realize some of the numbers in Tagalog were similar.

An Ocean Apart is my solo exhibition at Geraldine’s Counter in Columbia City (4872 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 98118), through Nov. 10th.

Other Fall 2013 Exhibitions

My “Passport Series” is part of Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, through Nov. 17th.

Additional photographs from “An Ocean Apart” will be part of a group show presented by IDEA Odyssey Collective and juried by Juan Alonso at City Hall Galleries, through Jan. 3rd.

From Summer to Fall

It was indeed a busy summer with lots of great workshops with talented young people. Congratulations to those who completed Youth Media Institute’s Youth Out Loud Photography program. In a mere three weeks, they learned photography, storytelling, editing on Lightroom and Premiere to put together thought-provoking digital stories on homelessness, workers’ rights, gay marriage, bullying and media representations of people of color and low-income communities. These high school youth give me hope for our collective future! (Photo above is by student Merissa M.)
Congratulations also go to the youth who participated in Asian Counseling and Referral Service’s Introduction to Digital Photography workshop. I invite you to view their work at ACRS’s rotating gallery on the first floor at 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle.
I’ll be teaching again this fall, this time across Puget Sound. Middle school youth can sign up for a two-day digital photography workshop at Winslow Arts Center, on Bainebridge Island, September 22nd and 23rd. Check out the Winslow Arts Center website for registration.

Also in September, my own work will be part of Artist Trust’s exhibition at the Washington State Convention Center through Oct. 18, with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. This exhibition features work by over 200 artists in various disciplines who have participated in Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program since 2003. This is a wonderful celebration of all the diverse talent here in Washington State. Thanks to Artist Trust and the broader arts community who have helped each of us hone our craft and put it out to there.

Talking Heads about Art

The Kent Summer Art Exhibit has offered me great opportunities, including having my work be part of a city’s permanent collection and, now, talking about my work on the city’s TV station, Kent TV21. Scroll down the website and check out the video clip to get a virtual glimpse at the exhibition. Thanks again to the jurors, Kent Arts Commissioners and Kent Visual Arts Coordinator Cherly de los Remedios.
The exhibition is up until August 31st at the Centennial Gallery, 400 W. Gowe St., Mondays through Fridays, 8 am to 5 pm. It’s free and open to the public.

Two Views of Manila Now Belong to Kent








The City of Kent purchased these two photographs for its permanent collection. Thank you to the Kent Art Commission for this honor, and to jurors Molly Magai and Minh Carrico for putting together the annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit at the Centennial Center Gallery. The exhibit features over 21 visual artists working in various media and is on display through August 31st. Congratulations to Juan Alonso-Rodriguez and Adele B. Eustis, whose works are also now part of Kent’s collection.

In the gallery, these photographs are displayed across from Juan’s photographs of Cuba. We created our respective works at the same time, September 2011, under very similar circumstances. I had returned to my birthplace after a 22 year absence, and he to his after over 40 years. We have commiserated since about what it’s like to go back, to confront reality with our memories, to see what we left behind and also to recognize what we still carry with us. It’s been 10 months now since I walked along a rooftop in the center of Manila, looking out across the crowded, colorful city filled with so much contradiction. I’m still grappling with how that trip affected me, but I am so glad to have had a chance to go, to reconnect with family and with parts of myself long dormant.

Gearing Up for Summer

Do you have youth in your life who are interested in photography? I love fanning young people’s creative embers! I’ll be teaching two workshops this summer at Photography Center Northwest: Introduction to Digital Photography (June 26-29) and Street Photography (July 9-13). Students can shoot either with a D-SLR or point-and-shoot camera, as long as the camera’s settings can be adjusted. Contact Education Director Ashley Siple at  206-720-7222 x16 or go to the PCNW website to download a scholarship application.

Traditions Opening and Other News

I’m very honored to be in this group exhibition curated by Romson Regarde Bustillo and featuring these amazing local artists: Jite Agbro, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Marita Dingus, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Kamla Kakaria, Rusty Oliver, David Roberts and Meghan Trainor. The show opens at M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery (in Seattle Central Community College), Monday, April 2nd, with a reception from 5-7 pm, and runs through April 26th. Please check the gallery website for regular hours.

Friday, April 6 at noon, at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. S., Seattle)
I’ll be giving a slideshow presentation and talk about my series from the Philippines, Balik/Ibalik. Bring a lunch or get some yummy Filipino food at ACRS’ Club Bamboo.

Other Exhibitions

Balik/Ibalik until March 31st: The print exhibition for Balik/Ibalik will be up for just a few more days at IDEA Odyssey Gallery. We just switched to our spring/summer hours, so we invite you to stop by Thursdays, 2-8 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6 pm.

Shadows and Reflections until July 16th: Curated by June Sekiguchi, this group show is at Ida Culver House, 12505 Greenwood Ave. N., which is open seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm.

Shadows and Reflections

Shadows and Reflections — they are welcome reminders of the sun during these lingering days of winter here in Seattle, where snow is drifting down outside my window right now. Three of my photographs from sunnier places (Mexico, New Mexico and Spain) will be featured in this upcoming show, curated by artist June Sekiguchi, at Ida Culver House – Broadview, March 21st to July 16th. If you’re in town and want to attend the opening reception on March 21st, 4:30-6:30 pm, please RSVP by March 19th at 206-204-5408.

I’m honored that June selected one of my favorite photographs to promote the show. I remember practicing this technique, over and over again as I wandered the streets of Guanajuato, until I finally got it right with this one.

Other artists featured in this show are former classmates Laura Brodax and Stan Raucher, as well as Aaron Asis, Deanne Belinoff, Lori Bellamy, Sharon Birzer, Kamella Boulle, Betty Bowes, Conrad Chavez, Milton Clark, Sarah Dalton, Lori Duckstein, Kim Farrell, Karen Frank, Joy Hagen, Mary Hales, Jacqueline Hall, Jenna James, Anastasia Kiryanova, David Ko, Melissa Koch, Jim Kurihara, Thane McCulloh, Paul McKee, Robert Letsinger, Carol Milne, Bill Montgomery, Carol Montgomery, Marion Norberg, Doug Rosenoff, Liz Ruest, Bruce Savadow, Ann Elizabeth Scott, John Smither, Naomi Steele, Jennifer Sumner, Rob Tilley and Jessamyn Tuttle.