Saturday, August 22, 2015

I'm in the exhibition !!

I received a letter today notifying me that my original Chinese Brush Art painting was accepted into this show in October.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Iris and bird

I never tire of painting the iris. I added the birds. Title is " Breakfast "

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A fun 3 days of Chinese Brush Art class with these ladies

These ladies and I spent three wonderful days with Virginia Lloyd-Davies as our instructor.  We had lots of fun and learned a lot. I learn something new every day.  Each instructor I've had has helped me improve as an artist.  Thank you Virginia!

Born in Washington, DC of British diplomatic parents, Virginia Lloyd-Davies and her husband Dennis DiVito moved from Scotland to Rockbridge County, VA in 1986. A Chinese brush artist since 1976, she has paintings in private collections in the U.S, China, Britain, Europe, Japan and Kenya. Her teacher was Chinese Master Painter I-Hsiung Ju, with whom she traveled regularly to China & Taiwan. Virginia has been a U.S. citizen since 2002.

You can find her website HERE.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sumi-e Artist Mark Malecki featured at Dulles International Airport

My friend and amazing Sumi-e/Chinese Brush Artist - Mark Malecki was the featured artist at Dulles International Airport on 10 April 2015 in celebration of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.

The note below is from, the gateway to facts.

Cherry Blossom-Themed Japanese Performances and Demonstrations Continue
On Friday
Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports will host several traditional Japanese performances and demonstrations on Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10. The events are part of many cultural activities at both airports in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
At Washington Dulles International
Friday, April 10: Sumi-E, also known as Japanese Ink Painting, will be demonstrated by artist Mark Malecki.
The local artists and musicians regularly perform in the Washington, D.C. region when the cherry blossoms are in peak bloom to showcase Japanese music, culture and heritage.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank you visitors

We had a wonderful reception at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria yesterday.  About 200 people attended and it was a pleasure to speak with so many people who enjoy art.  It was particularly nice to see friends from the neighborhood - thank you Rob, Francine and Jaci Cannon; Pam and Kate; Ray and Lana; and friends in the area from Seattle - Alison and Joe. 

Our NCAC Sumi-e group is a talented group of artists and our work will remain on display through April 26, 2015.

Please stop by and see some us. 

Monday, March 2, 2015


I think I've painted about 30 roses in the last few days. It was our lesson last week. They are finally starting to look like roses.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sun Flower

When it's cold outside I paint warm sunny flowers.


Tried to capture a misty damp morning,with hungry birds. This painting will be in the Green Spring Garden Show opening on February 24 2015.


Working on birds and Irises are my one of my favorite flowers. My Grandmothers house in Wisconsin had several beds of them.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Joan Lok's Book Signing at my home

A wonderful article in lyrical style by Sylvia Scherer.

You can find Joan's book - "Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers: 36 Beautiful Flowers and How to Paint Them" on Amazon HERE.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Students' and Teachers' Exhibit at the Workhouse Arts Center

I was proud to display one of my Chinese Brush Art paintings at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton along with some painting from my excellent teacher Hsi-Mei Yates, as well as other students and teachers.  Hsi-Mei has been wonderful about encouraging me.

The Workhouse Arts Center is a wonderful venue for artists of all kinds.  Their website describes it as:
You can get to Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, in Occoquan, VA in less than 30 minutes from DC.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Getting ready for Sumi-e Art show at Green Spring Park on February 24th.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas

This is from our 2014 Christmas card.
I hope it helps you get in the Christmas spirit.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !!

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Iris

I have always loved iris. They remind me of my Grandmother.