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Benz and Chang 2018

Today I received a package of 100 D ring picture hangers that I ordered, and it made me think about progress, because it meant that I had gone through the 100 D ring hangers that I had ordered in 2015. I do my own framing, so between September 2015 and now, I’ve put hanging hardware on the back of at least fifty paintings.

I started the what I call “the Benz and Chang paintings” in late 2013. In actuality, it was some fast and splotchy walnut ink drawings that I completed in two hours at a SHARE arts event, but that was where it started. I used some walnut ink and fell in love with it.

I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I had in 2017.

  • Main gallery show at Guardino Gallery with Tamae Frame
  • Main gallery show at RiverSea Gallery with the amazing and wonderful Jill McVarish
  • Self-published my own catalog
  • Appeared with Jill McVarish in a show catalog (Night at the Haunted Big Top) produced by RiverSea Gallery
  • Joined the following group shows:
    • Mayhem and Magic at RiverSea Gallery
    • Day of the Dead at Guardino
    • Chris Haberman’s Big 500 Show
    • Catch the Moon at RiverSea Gallery.
  • Benz and Chang paid for a gallery and museum trip to NYC
  • Participated in #Inktober on Instagram and sold a third of my drawings

From the groups shows, the “Catch the Moon” show at RiverSea was particularly sweet to me because Jeannine Grafton, the Gallery Director at RiverSea, said that the show was about how she started her gallery with the goal of catching the moon. She wanted to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show about how she felt that she had caught it, and more.

As things are coming together for 2018 (and 2019), I’m looking forward and I can’t believe it’s been four and a half years since I started this journey. Part of me feels a little superstitious about counting the years, and I’m knocking on wood as I write this. I hope to have many more years working on Benz and Chang paintings.

Paintings Showing at Seven Virtues Coffee



My paintings are up at Seven Virtues Coffee November through December 2014. They’re just down the street from Providence hospital on NE Glisan, at the corner of 60th. Here is information on them:

Seven Virtues Coffeehouse
5936 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97213
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HOURS – 7 days a week
Monday thru Friday: 7 AM – 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM – 5 PM

This is the first time that I’ve shown in a cafe, and it’s been a great experience. As you can see from the photos, they use wires for hanging the art. If you’ve ever hung art on wires, you’ll know that the pictures end up tilting forward because of the way they balance when there’s no wall right behind them. I added an extra wire to the top of the Theda Bara painting so that it would hang straight, but the rest I left as-is. Since we needed to hang them kind of high, the tilt isn’t very noticeable when you’re standing in front of them.

Seven Virtues used to be our neighborhood cafe at our last house, but we still frequent it because they have awesome coffee and a great staff. So go on down to the cafe, have some delicious coffee, and check out my paintings!

Other News

I keep telling people that, with my creative life, I’m doing the “crawl, walk, run” thing, and right now I’m still in the phase where I’m learning to crawl. I’ve been painting a long time, but I’ve never tried to sell prints on Etsy. It seems like everything I’m doing is a learning experience, and I’m having to be OK with some things being less than perfect.

I’m getting prints together for selling at Seven Virtues and will also be filling out my Etsy store some. Of course, I’m also working on more paintings. My very exciting May 2015 gallery show is coming soon, and I’ll be announcing the details of that soon.