The de Young Open 2023

Building on the tremendous success of the inaugural The de Young Open in 2020, the second triennial of this juried community art exhibition will feature submissions by artists from the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Artworks will be hung “salon style,” installed nearly edge to edge and floor to ceiling, maximizing the number of works displayed.

Designed to celebrate and support our local arts communities, this new exhibition allows artists to offer their works for sale and retain the proceeds. As in 2020, we will also acquire a selection of exhibition artworks for our permanent collection.

"Cosmic Socket"

“Soulstraction” is my abstract painting method. I enter the studio to find flow in the swirl of eternal time. I am a psychonaut who has journeyed in ancestral and astral fields outside Gregorian time, experiencing my body and mind as “portal and conduit,” plugged into alive expressive breath.

I feel color and form as blessed, sensate expression, and dance with brushes, paints and inks in a grand exploration of the miracle that each of us is. I lean into grief and healing, hope and gratitude, and wonder and awe, exploring emotion and questions with inquiry and prayer. My abstract paintings are designed as touchstones and counterparts to all else in our midst that is functional and literal.

Framed Size: 58.75 in. x 83.75 in. x 2.75 in.
Two-Dimensional Wall Art > Paintings (Acrylic)
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The de Young Open 2020

The de Young Museum offered local artists the opportunity to submit their work to be featured in a new exhibit, titled “On The Edge.” The theme is a nod to the Bay Area’s geographic location on the Pacific Rim and its reputation for cutting-edge creativity.

Out of 11,514 submissions, a jury selected 900 pieces to be featured. I am one of only 115 artists to have two pieces selected.


We are of every human story and civilization which preceded us through our unconscious. My paint-language is the encrypted iconography of this “Of-ness,”— the embodiment of all previous dynamic living expressions, which represent hope that we will unite to ensure that which is vital remains. The hunt to connect our lives into the greater continuum is what moves and animates my art, as well as human kind. Our physical and metaphysical existence is equivalent to less than the blink of an eye. It is my hope we will be inspired by the of-ness within us to use the blink of time do the best we can.

Framed Size: 76 in. x 59 in.
Oil, acrylic, gesso, permanent inks on canvas
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My art is a warrior’s battle cry to tear into the delusion of our separateness, to band together and righteously honor the universality we are all made of. From where we descend. My layered graffiti contains shadows and symbols of past and present archetypal characters—tribal expressions which represent genocides and fallen cultures of past civilizations and iterations of ourselves. Each culture that was colonized, conquered and usurped, are inspirational foundations for the new ones we must build in their soulful spirit. This responsibility belongs to humanity—we have a possibility, and indeed, a mandate, to psychically and artfully manifest a better, more inclusive and sustainable future.

Framed Size: 40 in. x 40 in.
Oil, permanent inks on canvas
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