Toast Head and Lick Yum

These paintings are both done in 2019. They show the kids watching the seed grow into a ripe plum and a kid ready to bite into a wholesome butter toast.

“Kids are notorious for throwing away bread crust. And bread/wheat has been revered in many cultures as being sacred. So why not make the hard part of the bread more interesting so it will be appreciated? Similarly, if you have a deformity, why not tattoo the characters for gratitude and love on it?”

“Eating Yick Lung seeds was a big part of my childhood. It was bigger than candy. I recently wondered about all the seeds we ate and spit out in yards, if any would propagate after all these years.”

Material: Acrylic and Oil on wood
Size: 18″ x 18″
completed in 2019

red and black (anika)

Printing to set the random red background for this mixed media drawing. (2018) It is inspired by the psychological inkblot, getting deeper into the minds of the maker and viewer of the piece. Associations are welcome.

Mediums used is acrylic paint and dark india ink on paper
15,5″ x 22″ in size and available for sale.

Keiki Land (kathy)

Keiki Land was an indoor carnival at Ala Moana Center in the 1960’s/1970’s. Some of the rides were army tanks with guns, a Ferris wheel with metal cages and boat rides in real water. To me, the only thing missing was plastic trash floating. How horrific that is is the land we have left for keikis.

Material: Acrylic and Oil on canvas 
Size: 30″ x 40″

together (kathy and anika)

This Painting is the starting point for our joint process. We made it together in 2017 when Anika first came to Hawaii. She sprayed the background and we worked over it with acrylic paint giving it the feel of street art as a tribute to the Berlin Wall. Kathy then added her kids on top, it seems like an autobiographical dreamwork. Mixed media and the size is ….

for you, dad (kathy)

Dedicated to my father who passed. It seems appropriate to use graduated colors that are soft and light at the top so that there is a feeling of lifting off/elevating. The child is sitting on a 9 layer rice cake that peels off in layers. Saving the best for last.

Material: Acrylic and Oil on canvas 
Size: 36″ x 48″
completed in 2018

love makes everything grow (kathy)

I used nostalgic colors from the 70’s to express a time when Kamaboko slippers were the rage. The spiral pattern on this fish cake is the movement of growing plants. The tiny shoe belonged to a Chinese woman with bound feet. It is a reminder and control and binding does not promote growth.

Material: Acrylic and Oil on canvas 
Size: 36″ x 18″ 
completed in 2017