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Three Gold Koi

Completed in early winter of 2016, Three Gold Koi depicts a sumi-e stroke and three koi. While the simplicity of Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e places emphasis on each brush stroke, this work uses the stroke as a background and places emphasis on the bold koi instead.

Size: 22.5x30" (Framed, 27x34.25", 3/4")
Medium: Ink and gold metal leaf on cold press water color paper.
*Comes framed with UV ray protective glass to maintain and preserve piece.

 

Two Koi

Completed in early winter of 2016, Two Koi depicts copper and silver colored metal leafed koi calmly swimming atop a gray sumi-e brush stroke. The pale colored leafing and the light gray stroke serenely tip the scale back and forth fluidly, competing for emphasis.

Size: 22.5x30" (Framed, 27x34.25", 3/4")
Medium: Ink and copper and silver metal leaf on cold press water color paper.
*Comes framed with UV ray protective glass to maintain and preserve piece.

 
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Solitary Crane

Completed with swift strokes, Solitary Crane was completed in February 2016. The sanded slab of wood needs little more to illuminate its beauty. Only a few strokes and golden accents were added to give life to this beautiful piece of walnut.

Size: Organic cut, about 20x42x2.25" 
Medium: Acrylic and gold metal leaf on walnut with polyurethane finish.
*Very heavy.
 

 

Three Brocaded Carp on Wood

Three Brocaded Carp depicts serenely descending koi on a thin walnut slab. The organic cut of the wood emphasizes the unpredictable path the koi will travel while frozen in time under a polycrylic finish.

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Medium: White acrylic and gold metal leaf on organic cut of walnut with polycrylic finish.
* Made ready to hang on wall with wire hung back.

 

Akkorokamui

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, this illustration focuses specifically on the Akkorokamui, a 110 meter long octopus like creature with a more malicious reputation than Big Foot, the Yeti, or the Loch Ness Monster. Believed to have attacked the Ainu indigenous Japanese people while out at sea.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Makura-Gaeshi

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, this illustration focuses on one of the more peculiar monsters in Japanese folklore. Mostly, its the specificity that sets the Makura-gaeshi apart from other yōkai. Have you ever wondered why your pillow ends up on the floor or the wrong side of the ben when you wake up in the morning? The answer: the Makura-gaeshi.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Tsukumogami

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, this piece shows a category of yōkai. Upon reaching 100 years of existence, an inanimate object may transforms into a tsukumogami and gain life or spirit. This particular piece shows a simple tea kettle that has come to life after reaching 100 years, and broken its partner tea cup as its first conscious decision.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Shiisaa

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, the Shiisaa are guardians of homes or shrines. The are specific to Okinawa, and originate from the shishi or komainu in Japan, and the fu dogs (lion dogs) in China. The right female Shiisaa stands with an open mouth welcoming good luck and fortune, and the left male with a closed mouth bids away disaster and evil.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Tengu

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai. This piece depicts a Tengu, which roughly translates to "heavenly dog" and are considered a type of Shinto god. The Japanese have depicted the Tengu taking forms in art as an avian creature with a beak. More modernly, it is depicted as a humanoid winged creature with a red face and very long pointed nose.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Metal leaf (copper and silver) and ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Kitsune

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, the Kitsune, featured in this piece, is a seven tailed fox. Each tail represented a century of life--the most reaching nine. The Japanese once believed foxes were magical spirits that could transform into (mostly) young women and held their souls in a glowing orb upon their tail or in their mouth. 

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Metal leaf (silver) and ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Kappa

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, the Kappa is one of the more popular of the Japanese monsters. It is believed to originate from the Japanese salamander which has a powerful jaw, but has taken the form of a frog like creature with a turtle shell, a beak like a bird, and a basin atop its head, and known for drowning its victims.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Metal leaf (gold) and ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Tōfu-Kozō

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, Tōfu-Kozō is sometimes depicted as a young boy carrying a tray of tofu generally wearing bamboo and a kasa on their head. Every so often it is illustrated as a one-eyed goblin-like creature. They do not possess any special powers, but are commonly seen here and there carrying their tray of tofu or sake across town. 

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Metal leaf (silver) and ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Akename

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, the Akaname lurks in your bathroom and will lick the walls and floors clean if you let them get too dirty. It is suspected that this monster was fabricated to encourage young children to promptly clean up after themselves as to ward off the presence of the Akename.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Bakeneko

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, the Bakeneko seems to originate as an ordinary cat who has gone through a transformation into a supernatural existence. They can shape shift, cause mischief, and haunt those who have mistreated them. They have been seen with mysterious glowing eyes that reflect the night's moon and grow a second tail. 

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Kasa-obake

Created as a part of a 12 piece series featuring yōkai, the Kasa-obake are generally umbrellas that are alive and have one eye and one leg. Every now and then they are depicted with two eyes, arms, and/or a tongue. The sometimes surprise their user who unsuspectingly assumes they are holding a normal umbrella or parasol.

Size: 14x10.25" (matted on black board, 16x14")
Medium: Metal leaf (gold, copper and silver) and ink on cold press water color paper.

 

Two Cranes on Aspen

Completed in the early winter of 2016, this original painting depicts two melancholy cranes staring softly at the sky using sumi-e inspired brush strokes to give movement and calmness. The pale copper colored leafing gives slight emphasis to each white stroke.


Size: 20x36" (1.5" depth)
Medium: Acrylic and copper leafing on aspen wood panel with brass corners.
 

 

Nasu No Yoichi on Aspen

This painting depicts Nasu no Yoichi, a samurai who fought alongside the Minamoto clan during the Genpi war. The enemy Taira clan dared the Minamoto warriors to shoot a small fan that they mounted atop the mast of their ship. In one try, Nasu no Yoichi waded out into the water on his horse, pointed his arrow at the fan and shot it down.

Size: 20x48" (3/4" depth)
Medium: Acrylic and copper metal leafing on aspen wood panel with copper siding.

 

Bakeneko 2/3

The Bekeneko is a Japanese yōkai (supernatural creature). It is a cat that has special powers like transformation and mischief making. The gold leafed and painted border depicts one of the first stories of the Bakeneko from Japanese legend through simple images. The English writing, read from right to left and down, describes traits of the Bakeneko. The focal point of the painting shows a mischievous Bakeneko with a split tail.
 

Size: 18x24" (1.5" depth)
Medium: Acrylic and self leveling gel medium on wood panel with gold colored metal leafing.

 

Bakeneko 3/3

The Bekeneko is a Japanese yōkai (supernatural creature). It is a cat that has special powers like transformation and mischief making. The gold leafed and painted border depicts one of the first stories of the Bakeneko from Japanese legend through simple images. The English writing, read from right to left and down, describes traits of the Bakeneko. The focal point of the painting shows a mischievous Bakeneko with a split tail.
 

Size: 18x24" (1.5" depth) 
Medium: Acrylic and self leveling gel medium on wood panel with gold colored metal leafing.

 

Koi Greeting Cards

This package of greeting cards features four paintings on wood in the mini-series, Four Koi. Each image was originally crafted to capture the fluid movements of koi fish.

Each package of cards contains 12 (three of each koi painting) 3.5x5" cards with white envelops.