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Artists from PIXAR
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Chicks In Crisis

Friday, October 31, 2014

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi ~ Pig & Hen

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. In 1993, he moved to New York and enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. After graduating with a BFA in illustration, he became a staff illustrator at Lucas Learning Ltd. and then a visual development and color key artist for Blue Sky Studios working on  Ice Age, Robots and Horton Hears A Who.  Dice joined Pixar  in 2007, where he continued to work as an Art Director on Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice's art has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions worldwide. He's published in Spectrum anthologies, his graphic novelas Noche Y Dia and The Dream of Kyosuke are included in both volumes of the critically acclaimed Out of Picture anthology, and Dice has also published a children's book called I Can Hear. Immensely talented as a painter Dice is just as talented at getting people together and unifying them under a common cause. He is the one of the main organizers of the hugely successful Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel fundraisers. In 2013 Dice and Robert Kondo made their directorial debut with The Dam Keeper which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and is being screened, celebrated and awarded in Film Festivals around the world. In 2014, Kondo & Tsutsumi left Pixar to launch a new venture called Tonko House.  Dice - thank you so much for supporting The Mother Hen Project with this exquisite piece!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kelly Ording ~ 'Barnacles (Sessilia)'

A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Kelly Ording has lived and worked in the Bay Area since the late 90’s. Her work is exhibited in galleries both domestically and internationally and is included in several collections; such as the JP Morgan Chase Collection, the Alameda County Collection, the San Francisco Arts Commission Collection, the Chevron Collection, and the Twitter Collection. In addition to her studio practice, Ording has completed several large-scale murals and installations in the Bay Area and internationally. In early 2014, she completed a three-month residency at Facebook Headquarters in association with the Analog Research Lab. Currently, she is working on a large-scale public project for a plaza located on Ocean Avenue in association with the San Francisco Arts Commission and the MTA. Kelly has graciously donated one of her exquisite limited edition silkscreen prints to The Mother Hen Project. Thank you Kelly.

Maria Lee ~ 'Bitter Melon' & 'Catfish'

Born in Hong Kong, Maria Lee emigrated to the US at the age of 11. Her artistic ability earned her a full scholarship to New York's School of Visual Arts where she studied Illustration. After graduating, she went on to work in advertising and graphic design for the next 10 years. Her passion for art led her to pursue an MFA in computer art at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and thereafter into the 3D world of video games and computer animation. Maria has worked as a digital character painter at Pixar Studios since 2005. She also continues to love painting and drawing and has graciously donated two 4"x 6" fine art prints on wood.

Judy Jou ~ fabric collage

Judy Jou is an artist and clothes designer with her own children's clothing line called 'Ele Story'. Jou received her BA in Fine Art (printmaking) from Northwestern University and an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA. Initially a theater/film costume designer, Jou furthered her career at Pixar Animation Studios working in production management for Toy Story 3, Monsters University, and Inside Out. Most recently, she left Pixar to pursue her passion for designing clothes. 'Ele Story' was inspired by her 3-yr old daughter and her mother, who passed away of cancer seven years ago. Judy believes in the vision of The Mother Hen Project, and is honored to contribute a fabric collage piece to this great cause.  And The Mother Hen Project is very grateful for her contribution and further collaborations. Thanks Judy!

Reddy Lieb ~ tempered glass mosaic

Reddy Lieb is a San Francisco based artist who has been working with glass, in its myriad forms, for over 30 years. In 2000, Lieb was awarded a residency at the Sanitary Fill Company, aka the garbage dump. There she put together a body of work that allowed her to go to graduate school to continue her explorations in glass. Lieb received an MFA from California College of Art in 2004. In 2005, she was awarded a commission, in collaboration with Linda Raynsford for the Glen Park Public Library. Together, they created a glass and metal sculpture on an 8.5’ x 24’ entry wall. This sculptural wall relief told the story of the park and the people that helped shape it. Since then she has worked on several other public art commissions for hospitals throughout California and continues to create autonomous pieces as well. Lieb teaches glass classes in her studio and at various venues in the Bay Area. She also has taught art to women in the county jail for more than 10 years. Truly grateful for Reddy's donation to The Mother Hen Project - a 10" x 10" tempered glass mosaic.

Afonso Salcedo ~ 'Music Training' & 'Embrace'

Afonso Salcedo has worked in the film industry for more than a decade. He started out in London, working as a junior Technical Director on movies like Harry Potter 3 and Troy. Then moved to San Francisco to take up a position at Pixar working on some of their most critically-acclaimed films: Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up and Toy Story 3. Salcedo has also spent time at DreamWorks Animation as a senior artist on Madagascar 3 and Rise of the Guardians and is the creator and co-director of “It Gets Better… Love, Pixar”, working alongside an amazing team of talented co-workers to produce and create one of the most highly viewed and well received video contributions to the It Gets Better campaign. In the last year, Afonso has set up his own media and photography production company, Sutro Studios. We are very grateful for these two beautiful photographs which Afonso has donated to The Mother Hen Project. The first photo was taken in Haiti by Salcedo for the non-profit, Rise2Shine , an organization which alleviates the suffering of young children aged six months to five years from impoverished communities worldwide. The second image is from Afonso's 2014 expedition to Burning Man.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Francis Snyder ~ 'Wishful Thinking'

Francis Snyder has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute where he majored in painting. He also studied at the Art Students League in NYC with Hans Hoffman, Vaclav Vytlacil and Norman Lewis. Snyder is known for his mixed media depicting 'the tension between movement and structure,  and freedom and flow in an abstract form'. His work has been featured in galleries and exhibitions throughout California including the Sylvia White Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin Arts Gallery, ROOM gallery and many more. We are very excited to feature Snyder in The Mother Hen Project this year. Thanks to Francis Snyder for this 24" X 35" mixed media piece titled Wishful Thinking.

Tom Wichitsripornkul ~ Still Life

Tom Wichitsripornkul was born and raised in Bangkok. He came to the United States in 1994 to study animation at William Patterson University in New Jersey. He worked for R/GreenBerg Associates in New York, then moved to Blue Sky Studios where, as a Materials Technical Director, Tom's film credits include Ice Age I and II, Robots and Horton Hears a Who! Meanwhile he studied painting at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in Manhattan. Since then Tom has relocated to the west coast to join the Pixar team in northern California where he contributed to the multi-award winning animated film Up and Brave and is currently working on Inside Out as a Shading Technical Director.  Many thanks to Tom for donating this serene still life in oil.

Trish Carney ~ 'In your presence, animals are only human'

Trish Carney, editor and camera operator at Pixar, is a Marin-based wildlife photographer who strives to capture the moments that convey an animal’s character and spirit. Trish earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado in Boulder and an M.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Orion magazine, in the book Exultant Ark by Jonathan Balcomb (UC Press), and in Bay Nature. She received a Marin Arts Council Grant for Photography for her series“How Do You Apologize?”. Trish has generously donated one of her stunning Black and white, 26" x 40" framed photographs of a Grizzly Bear, taken in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone, titled 'In your presence, animals are only human'.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bill Cone ~ 'Side of the Road'

Born and raised in California, Bill Cone studied fine art at San Francisco State, and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After working as an illustrator for many years, Cone began working for Pixar Animation Studios as a set designer on Toy Story, going on to subsequent projects as a Production Designer for A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars. In 2004, Cone organized an artist's pack trip into the Sierra Nevada back country, which has become an ongoing source of inspiration in his personal work. Several of his Sierra trips have been covered in Plein Air magazine. His work has appeared in the Pastel Journal on several occasions, including a feature piece in the August 2013 issue, when he was the cover artist. A member of the California Art Club, Cone's work is in high demand and  has been exhibited in various galleries and venues in California over the last 12 years, including the CAC Gold Medal show. Since 2009, Bill has had 4 solo shows at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco. He currently teaches several workshops a year, one in the Sierra Nevada, and several in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.  We are very grateful for Bill's donation to The Mother Hen Project - a beautiful, framed 9x12 pastel on Canson paper - titled 'Side of the Road'

Eliza Ivanova ~

Eliza Ivanova is an animator at Pixar. She was born, raised and trained as a Fine Artist in Bulgaria before coming to the US to study animation at CalArts. Ivanova has had solo exhibitions of her exquisite artwork. She has also participated in festivals and won prizes throughout the world. Her first movie, "Piece of Cake", was a finalist at the 2010 Annual National Student Academy Awards and she also won CalArts' most prestigious animation award, the Gracie Lantz Animation Prize. Eliza will be donating an original art work which she is creating specifically for The Mother Hen Project. Here's a teaser of her work in progress.

Brenda Chapman ~ 'Hot Summer, Cold Winter'

Brenda Chapman is a pioneering animation director, writer and story artist who graduated from CalArts. In 1994, Chapman was the first woman to be Head of Story on an animated feature for The Lion King. In 1998, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio, with The Prince of Egypt. And as co-director of Brave (which features Pixar's first ever female protagonist), Chapman became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Brenda is a Tamalpais Valley native and supported The Mother Hen Project in the 2010 auction. This year Brenda has kindly donated a piece from her personal collection, an illustration she did based on a story titled 'Hot as Summer, Cold as Winter'.

Domee Shi ~

Canadian born Domee Shi is a storyboard artists at Pixar. She graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation. Prior to working at Pixar, Domee interned with Nev Bezaire on Foxed and Chuck Gammage Animation Inc. She has also been a cartoon instructor with CyberARTS. Domee has generously donated an original painting to benefit Chicks In Crisis at our auction on November 8th

Mike Kepka ~ 'The City Exposed'

Mike Kepka has been a staff photographer for The San Francisco Chronicle since 1999 and is a four-time Emmy Award winner.  Kepka is the creator and sole producer of  The City Exposed, which he photographs, writes and edits each week, recounting the stories of San Francisco's cast of characters with great insight and compassion. His work is fascinating, beautiful and heart-rending. Mike has kindly donated a trio of photographs to The Mother Hen Project which will be auctioned at ROOM gallery on November 8th. This is a rare opportunity to own a framed and signed Mike Kepka photo.

Helen Steele ~ 'Instant Attraction'

Helen Steele was born in Germany and earned her Masters in Art education, Art history and Psychology from Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich. She moved to California in the late 80's exhibiting extensively in Los Angeles, then subsequently moved to Marin where she continues to paint and teach. Steele's approach is intuitive, uncovering the human soul and stories through layers of paint, buried images and words. Steele's work can be found in numerous galleries in California including ROOM in Mill Valley. Helen has graciously donated one of her paintings from her figurative series 2,  a 16” x 20” acrylic painting entitled 'Instant Attraction'.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Valerie LaPointe ~ 'Mermaids'

Valerie LaPointe received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. After being awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education,  LaPointe graduated from USC, with an MFA in Animation.  LaPointe has been at Pixar Animation Studios as a full-time Story Artist, since January 2007. She has worked on Presto, Brave, Mater's Tall Tales, Newt, Partysaurus Rex, Small Fry, Inside Out, and most recently, The Good Dinosaur. She has also worked with the theme parks division and Disney Imagineering for Disney Theme Parks.  When she is not working at Pixar, LaPointe creates graphic novels, short stories, children's books, teaches story workshops and much more. Valerie supported The Mother Hen Project in 2010 and is once again supporting Chicks In Crisis by donating this beautiful and original painting. Come to ROOM gallery in Mill Valley on November 8th between 2 and 5 to  bid on Valerie's art work. 

Priscilla Wong ~ 'Brother and Sister'

Priscilla Wong is a designer and visual development artist working at DreamWorks Animation, where she has contributed to films such as Peabody and Sherman (2014), Penguins (2015) and other shows in development. Her past clients include Laika/HOUSE, Psyop TV, Harpercollins. Her gallery exhibitions include Art Blocks for Ghana, Ronald Searle in America, New York Society of Illustrators, U.S. House of Congress, Gallery Nucleus, Q pop, and Iam8bit. Wong grew up in Hunter's Point, San Francisco and graduated from San Jose State University's prestigious illustration & animation program. Wong is an honorary 'Shrunkenheadman' and was named 2010 Zankel Scholar by the New York Society of Illustrators. Wong's hopes are  '. . . to make something meaningful with her art every day'. Today, Priscilla  has most definitely made something meaningful by donating one of her illustrations to The Mother Hen Project. Please come along on November 8th to bid on this beautiful piece - a 20"x16" digital on watercolor paper.

Albert Lozano ~ 'Better Place'

Albert Lozano is a CalArts graduate who worked at Spumco and South Park before moving to the Bay Area to share his talents with the folks at Pixar. His credits include artwork for Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Monsters U and more. Albert is a two time contributor to The Mother Hen Project. So thrilled that he has graciously donated this stunning and original framed piece.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Savanah Leaf ~ 'Sometimes things fall apart. . . '

Many of you may know Savanah Leaf for her skills on the volleyball court, playing for the University of Miami indoor team and the Great Britain's national indoor and beach volleyball teams but Leaf also has skills with a pencil and paintbrush too. In her senior year at high school Leaf won first place for California's 6th Congressional District in the 2011 Congressional Arts Competition, a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. This is Leaf's second time contributing to The Mother Hen Project with a graphite and watercolor print on wood.  Thank you Savanah.

Peter Foucault ~ 'Monks Math #32'

Peter Foucault lives and works in Oakland CA. He creates works on paper, videos, and installations, fueled by his love of drawing and mark making. Foucault's solo shows include K. Imperial Fine Art (San Francisco), Room Gallery (Mill Valley, CA), Micalea Gallery, the SFMOMA Café, and the Richmond Art Center (Richmond, CA). He has also contributed to group shows at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, Torrance Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, Kit Schulte Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), The University of Salford (Manchester, England), and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA). His interactive robotic drawing installations have been presented at The NASA Aimes Research Center and more.  In addition to his own practice, Foucault is the Co-Founder of the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), a Bay Area based artmaking and curatorial team that creates interactive “pop-up” mobile exhibitions. The MAP project was included in the American Association of Museums 2012 annual reports’ “Trends Watch”. Foucault’s work has been reviewed and featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The SF Weekly (Pick of the Week), ArtWeek, Wired Magazine, Stretcher Magazine, Artnet Magazine,  California Home and Design Magazine.  We are very grateful to Peter for his donation to The Mother Hen Project.

Paul Abadilla ~ 'The Blue Umbrella'

Paul Abadilla works as a Sketch Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He started his career in animation as an intern at Disney in the summer of 2007. After graduating from San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program in 2008, he was accepted for an Art Internship position at Pixar, where he worked on the Academy Award-winning, Brave, doing various set design work. He has also contributed in films such as Monsters University, The Blue Umbrella, Toy Story of Terror, and a number of upcoming Pixar projects, with work ranging from visual development and environment designs, to color scripts and lighting studies. Up for auction on Nov 8th is this beautiful print of Abadilla's concept work for The Blue Umbrella signed by Paul Abadilla,  producer Marc Greenberg, production designer Jay Shuster, and the film's  awesome director Saschka Unseld. ALSO included in this auction  lot is a limited edition vinyl record of Jon Brion's  soundtrack, the "Blue Umbrella Suite" featuring Sarah Jaffe's haunting vocals AND an actual  Blue Umbrella.

Camille LaPointe-Lyons ~ 'Lake Lagunitas'

Camille LaPointe-Lyons, an instructor at the Academy of Art in San Francisco,  is an illustrator, muralist, and painter with more than 20 years of experience. LaPointe-Lyons has had her work exhibited all over the bay area, from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Marin Society of Artists Gallery to the California Watercolor Association's Exhibits. She has been commissioned to do paintings for the Chevron Corporation and others. LaPointe-Lyons,  a well-traveled artist, having been to Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, received her BFA in Printmaking from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She is an active member of the California Watercolor Association and the SF Society of Illustrators. Camille is donating a giclée print of her beautiful watercolor of Lake Lagunitas.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kim Herbst ~ 'Phoenix Mama'

Kim Herbst graduated with a BFA in illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is an illustrator residing in San Francisco, CA and works full-time in the video game/mobile games industry. Her personal illustrations have been featured in numerous magazines, art blogs, children's books, text books, and gallery shows. Select clients include: Boom! Studios comics, Rhode Island monthly magazine, Oxford University Press, Games TM Magazine, Scholastic and digital artists magazine. Galleries include: Gallery 1988, LA and NY; Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn; LaFlaq Gallery, Paris, France. Kim donated a gorgeous piece to the 2010 auction and once again she is donating another  beautiful artwork- a 12” x 12” print mounted on woodblock.

Judith Williams ~ 'Give and Take'

Judith Williams is a contemporary encaustic and mixed media artist from Northern California. who received her BFA cum laude, distinction from Sonoma State University.  Williams artwork layers line, color and texture over maps, patterns, blueprints and pages exploring the hidden layers of implicit memory. Her recent trip to Japan inspired a series of tea bowls pieces and Judith has kindly donated one of these pieces to The Mother Hen Project.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Karen Kiser and Jeffrey Hickey ~ 'Wages Creek'

Karen Kiser has been working at Pixar since the beginning of computer animation features. As an animator she is credited with working on Toy Story 1 and 2, A Bugs Life, For the Birds, Monsters Inc, Mike's New Car, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille, as well as being a videographer for the 'University' and 'archives' departments at Pixar. Kiser graduated from CalArts BFA progam in 1985. Her student film 'Solitaire's Sanctuary' was screened and highly awarded at numerous film festivals including second prize at the “Hiroshima Love Peace International Film Festival", First prize at the “Nissan-Focus Student Film Competition" and many more. She is also an accomplished Irish musician and bird enthusiast, so it was not too difficult to ask Karen to create and donate one of her very individual rubber stamp art works to Mother Hen. Karen's 'other half' is a bloke by the name of Jeffrey Hickey who is an 'an author, composer, performing artist, teacher, coach, father of twins and arguably the happiest married man on the planet.' Together they have created a children's book called "Wages Creek" (with accompanying audio cd) which is a story about a unique camping trip experienced by Hickey, Kiser and their two sons. Many thanks to Karen and Jeffrey for their donations to The Mother Hen Project - a unique and original artwork, a signed copy of Wages Creek and an audio CD.

Paul Donnellon

Paul Donnellon is an Irish director and animator based in London. He began his career directing music videos and TV commercials and has won awards in both these areas and for his short animated films. He also designs film title sequences through his studio VooDooDog. He was nominated for an Emmy for his title sequence for the HBO film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and has made title sequences for films such as Smokin’ Aces, Love in the Time of Cholera, and the Nanny McPhee movies. Paul donated to Mother Hen in 2010 and has contributed again with another original piece. Many thanks.

Nancy Tsang ~ Hen and Chicks

A native of Beaverton, Ore., Nancy Tsang who is currently a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios, took private art lessons from age six through high school, learning oil painting and sketching. Tsang graduated from U Penn with a  B.S. in Engineering. The summer before her junior year, Tsang served as an artistic intern at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., concentrating on 3D modeling. Nancy is also an amazing painter and you can check out her artwork here. We are very grateful to Nancy for this original watercolor and gouache painting which she has created and donated to our auction on November 8.

Suzanne Long ~ 'Orphan'

In 1870, the first orphanage in California was built on the top of “Mortgage Hill” in Vallejo. Thousands of children lived in the orphanage until it closed in 1919. The artist Suzanne Long's home is now built on that same land. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Temple University Tyler School of Art,  Long studied illustration and graphic and worked as a freelancer in New York and San Francisco for 4 years  before making the transition to fine art and more specifically sculpture. Long's work is currently on show at ROOM gallery in Mill Valley and she has kindly donated one of her 'Orphans' to The Mother Hen Project.

L Filipe dos Santos ~ A portrait

L Filipe dos Santos aka Corcoise is an amazing illustrator/artists/designer from Viseu in Portugal with a BA in Fine Arts from  “ARCA-EUAC”.   His work speaks for itself - take a look at his web site and blog. Clients include Newsweek, Edições Asa, Editora Abril, Diário de Notícias, Projecto Património, Sapec Portugal, Essence Music, Club Leteo, The Childrens Book Of American Birds, and Naranjah.  Thank you so much Filipe for this original painting, donated to The Mother Hen Project.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Every drop counts . . . .

Josh Anon ~'Red-crowned Crane'

Josh Anon has been a nature photographer for over 18 years, starting before entering high school in Erie, PA. However, his interest in photography started when he received his first Kodak 110 camera at the ripe old age of 4. Camera in hand, he received a BS in computer science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. After graduating, Josh started working at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. There, he worked on The IncrediblesRatatouilleUpToy Story 3, and more. At Pixar, he worked as a Camera and Staging Artist (cinematographer), a Linux and OS X software developer, and more.  In 2012, he left Pixar for Lytro, where he worked as a Senior Product Manager. In late 2013, he left Lytro and began working on starting a feature film development company.  Anon has also written a number of software programs including FlipBook for iOS, which has had millions of downloads. His photography work has been featured in various galleries, calendars, and magazines, including The Smithsonian, The San Diego Natural History Museum, Nature's Best, Photo Media and much more.  Josh has donated this beautiful framed photograph of a juvenile red-crowned crane from Hokkaido, Japan.

Matt Jones ~ 'Mother Hen'

Matt Jones is currently  a 'Story Artist’ at Pixar and has worked 20 years in the animation industry for Dave Edward's Studio, Studio AKA, Uli Meyer Animations, Aardman Animations, Bibo Films and more. He self published his first book on 'Gesture Drawing' after collecting 2 years of class sketches. In 2013 Jones collaborated with Professor Dacher Keltner of the Berkeley Psychology department in an experiment with Facebook’s Emoticons which was featured in Time magazine. Recently, Jones curated an exhibition and assembled the catalogue of 'Ronald Searle In America' at the Cartoon Art Museum. Jones knew the legendary cartoonist Ronald Searle personally and has managed a website of his work since 2006. Jones's artwork has been published in Gabi Campanario's 'Urban Sketchers' and 'Becoming A Successful Illustrator' by Derek Brazell. Matts original piece will be featured in The Mother Hen Project auction on November 8, 2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maja Ruznic ~ 'Rain Men'

'Rain Men' 11x15in, ink & gouache on paper, has been kindly donated to The Mother Hen Project by the artist Maja Ruznic. Ruznic was born in Bosnia & Hercegovina in 1983. She studied Psychology and Art at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from the California College of Arts in 2009. She came to the US as a refugee in '92 and currently lives & works in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, New American Paintings, and many more publications. She is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, Galerie Vidal St. Phalle in Paris and Galerie D'YS in Brussels. Thank you so much Maja, for her donation to The Mother Hen Project.

Valerie Galloway ~ 'A Peaceful Garden'

Thank you to Valerie Galloway for her beautiful contribution this year.  Galloway is a French born artist who graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in photography. Her work has been featured on book and album covers, and in exhibits and magazines including American Photo, Photo Metro, Photonews, Not Only Black and White, La Fotografia, Nerve, Shots, and Stylehive. She also has showcased her work in Barneys, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Tucson Museum of Art, and Yikes Toys and Gift-O-rama, Tucson.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tia Wallace Kratter ~ 'Aubergines'

Tia Wallace Kratter studied at the Art Center College of Design and has been in the animation industry for over 30 years. She has worked in the Art department at Pixar for more than 20. Her Art Directing credits include Brave, Monsters Inc., A Bug's Life and many more. She has also worked as a background artists on over 18 Disney films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The little Mermaid. Tia donated a painting in 2010 and once again, she is donating an original watercolor to our 2014 Project. Many thanks for your continued support Tia.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chandler O'Leary ~ 'California'

Chandler O'Leary lives and works in Tacoma, Washington. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to doing illustration and lettering work under Anagram Press, O'Leary is also one half of the creative team behind the Dead Feminists poster series and posts sketchbook drawings and road-trip-themed artwork on her illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again.

Chandler's work is exhibited and collected internationally. Permanent collections include the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Public Library, Stanford University, Washington State Library, University of Denver, University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. She is a former Artist-in-Residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and a winner of the 2005 Minnesota Book Award, Fine Press Category, for her illustrations in Louis Jenkins’s Distance from the Sun: Thirty Poems from Thirty Years (MCBA 2004). 

Chandler is supporting The Mother Hen Project for the second time with her California print from the '50 States' series.

Marty Baumann ~ 'Times Two'

Marty Baumann has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator at Pixar Animation Studios. His artwork can be seen in Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Hawaiian Vacation, the Cars Toons series, and many others. He's rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines and newspapers, illustrated children's books, created logos, infographics, web sites, broadcast promotions and presentation art for Hasbro, HarperCollins, Image Comics, Chronicle Books, National Geographic, Scholastic, Universal Studios, Weekly Reader, Johnson & Johnson, Nickelodeon and many others. Among recent projects, Marty completed a redesign of the classic game Monopoly and took part in a redesign of 'Chester' the Cheeto's mascot.

Marty is the creator of The Crater Kid, a critically-acclaimed, all-ages sci-fi comic strip and The Astounding B Monster, a definitive guide to cult sci-fi and horror movies. He is also the creator of Dick Profane, the misanthropic comic strip lawman whose exploits are currently being developed for television. Marty is an accomplished rhythm and blues singer/guitarist. He's shared the stage with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Fenton Robinson, Hound Dog Taylor's Houserockers, Danny Gatton, Johnny Winter, Tab Benoit, John Hammond and many others. Marty's CD Let's Buzz Awhile features 13 original blues tunes.

Many thanks Marty for for your contributions to The Mother Hen Project. These 2 works of art are a mix of digital and pen&ink. 

Charu Clark ~ 'Roses'

Charu Clark has an MS in Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M and has worked at Pixar for 10 years as a lighting artist and rendering TD. Her filmography includes Brave, La Luna, Day and Night, Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille and more.
"As a child I would spend hours with a sketchbook and a box of paints. It followed naturally that I pursued a career in the visual arts. Though my day job entails the use of a computer more than a paintbrush, of all technical fields related to computer graphics, Lighting feels the most akin to painting in the real world. That said, the thrill of a paintbrush in my hands is something I cannot live without."
Charu has generously donated two of her original oil paintings to The Mother Hen Project. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sam Breach ~ 'The Wish Catcher'

Photographer, digital artist, creative mind, Sam Breach was born and raised in Bristol, England. She studied Communication and Media Production at Bournemouth University and has worked at many top Visual FX companies around the world including  Industrial Light & Magic and Electronic Arts. Recently she has launched her own company, Sam Breach Photography, a commercial and fine art studio in Oakland.  Sam has generously donated one of her beautiful art works, The Wish Catcher' to The Mother Hen Project.

Shepard Fairey ~ Peace and Justice Women

One of today's best known and influential street artists, Shepard Fairey shot to fame in 2008 with his iconic, Obama 'HOPE" poster. Now his work is included in collections at The Smithsonian, LACMA, MOMA in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the V&A in London. Shepard has kindly donated this framed, limited edition, signed print entitled 'Peace and Justice Women' which will be auctioned on November 8 at ROOM Gallery.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eric Rewitzer ~ 'Homeward Bound'

Eric Rewitzer, one half of husband and wife team 3 Fish Studios,  is a benevolent supporter of The Mother Hen Project. If you haven't visited their studio yet - a word of caution! Beyond their doors you'll be entering another dimension of sound, sight and mind -  a land of things and ideas, you'll be crossing over into The Creative Zone. Gorgeous light-filled space where you can pull prints and pour pints and/or just take in the gorgeous, graphic art on offer here.

Eric studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and moved over to the west coast in '87 where he met his super creative wife, Annie Galvin and where the two of them opened 3 Fish Studios in 2007. This year, Eric has kindly donated a 2-color, hand-printed lino cut of the bay bridge entitled 'Homeward Bound'. Another exquisite piece in the auction at ROOM gallery on Nov 8th.

Nancy Cato ~ 'I AM'

I first came across Nancy Cato's work at a show curated by Pamela Mays-McDonald in Oakland called 'In Search of Sheba'. There were a lot of talented artists being represented but one which really stood out was Nancy Cato. She has a unique voice and amazing talent which is under-represented in the industry I work in - a voice which I truly want to see and hear more from. Her characters are vivacious and engaging - their stories are heartfelt and authentic and Cato draws like a veteran!

Cato was born and raised in New Haven, CT. Growing up, she was fascinated with doodling and tracing the Beetle Bailey comic strips. Her early inspirations include Uncle Donny's book of illustrations and the graffiti explosion of the '80s. Cato majored in graphic design and illustration at Western Connecticut State University. She recently had her first solo exhibition, 'Tom Boy' at the Sargent Johnson Gallery in the African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco.

I am so grateful to Nancy for the beautiful pen&ink original 'I AM' she is donating to The Mother Hen Project. Please come along on Nov 8 to place your bids on this piece.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Robert Kondo ~ 'Swedish Black Hen'

Robert Kondo grew up in Hacienda Heights,  California. He is an alumnus of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he studied illustration and design with Norm Schureman.  Robert has worked at Oblique Strategies, Angel Studios and Pixar Animation Studios where his credits include Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University.

In 2013 Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi made their directorial debut with The Dam Keeper which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and is being screened and celebrated in Film Festivals around the globe. The animated short is a blend of traditional hand-drawn animation and digital painting techniques which brings Kondo and Tsutsumi's celebrated painting style to life. In 2014, Kondo & Tsutsumi left Pixar to launch a new venture called Tonko House.

Robert supported The Mother Hen Project in 2010 and has once again created and donated a beautiful and highly original piece which will be included in this years auction on November 8.