Adventures in L.A.

This past weekend, Ed and I flew out to L.A. for a whole slew of things and I thought I'd share some of the highlights with you good people.


I started bright and early Friday morning with a trip to Prints on Wood to sign and number my "Mr. Good Morning Waffle" prints. First, I got a tour of their facility and my goodness, it's awesome! Everyone was so nice and the owners, Derric and Erin had everything ready for me to sign. I didn't have my camera with me (of course) but Erin was kind enough to have snapped this shot of me doodling on one lucky person's print.







Then it was off for a little breakfast at the closest place - Denny's! Appropriate seeing as one of the pieces from my solo was named "King Grand Slam". We felt full and ready to go onto our next stop -- JapanLA.






I'm proud to finally be able to announce that I am one of only 40 artists that were asked to create a piece for Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the world's first large scale museum retrospective of Hello Kitty to help celebrate her 40th anniversary. It will take place at the Japanese American National Museum Oct 11th - April 26th, 2015. It is being curated by Christine Yano, Ph.D., author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of pop culture-inspired boutique JapanLA.

My painting was also chosen to be made into prints that will be sold at the museum, which is what I was signing at JapanLA. I can't thank Jamie enough for asking me to be a part of this and for being so darn nice!

I have some AP's and will be doing a giveaway very soon so make sure you're signed up for my newsletter :)




Then it was off to the opening of the Joss Whedon x Gallery 1988 show at their West location. I was so happy that both Ed and I had a piece in this show and were able to bring along our very bestest friends who had been driving us around all day and keeping us company (thanks Kim and Teo!).

This is my piece entitled, "Fun Weekend" and was inspired by one of my favorite movies, Cabin in the Woods (hard to tell, huh?).

We were looking at all the great artwork and John (the manager of G1988 East) asked if I had met Joss yet. I shook my head as I'm pretty shy about those types of things but he was nice enough to tap Joss and introduce me. I shook his hand and said how cool it was to meet him. Then out of the crowd I hear, "Cuddly Rigor Mortis! I love your work!".

It was Alex Pardee and I damn near lost it. I started talking with him and quickly realized I had blown off Mr. Whedon. I felt horrible but then again - Alex Pardee! He then asked if I wanted to meet Skinner who was sleeping in the back (both these guys were working on overtime) and went and got him. I couldn't believe my luck. Getting to talk with those two amazing artists was a definite highlight. They couldn't have been cooler.

 Unfortunately I only got 2 hours sleep that night due to a noisy motel, but when the price and location are too good to pass you make some sacrifices. Only thing is, I don't do well with 2 hours sleep. My anxiety and depression tend to ramp up so Ed and I ended up doing our own thing and visiting a couple art shows. The coaster show at La Luz was super awesome and then we checked out the Neckface show at New Image Art Gallery. Fantastic!

Then I thought it'd be nice to check out Dave Perillo's Squares 4 Squares show at G1988 East. Didn't disappoint! So great to see his sketches alongside the screenprints. As I'm walking around, talking with John again, Ed says he's going to check out the little used bookstore next door. To his surprise who does he bump into?

Robert, one of my favorite people and one of the directors we used to work with on the SNL TV Funhouse shorts (That's us to the left: David, Robert, me, Ed and Adrian who all used to work on those shorts and they showed up later that night at my show). He should be in Brooklyn and we haven't seen him in 2 years. What are the odds?! Seems he had the same idea as Ed and went to that bookstore on his day off from working with Robert Smigel and Adam Sandler on a new animated feature. He'd been living in LA for months and we never knew.

We were able to sit and catch up over coffee and suddenly I wasn't feeling too bad after only 2 hours sleep.

I also forgot to be nervous for the opening of my solo at Nucleus! Wait a solo! We rushed back to the motel and gussied up and got our butts over to the gallery.










 Ed, my rock, my right hand man, getting the first look at my pieces hung wonderfully around the gallery.

Downstairs, the crowd started to gather for Scott C's Hug Machine reading and presentation. Man, that guy can command a room!

I was so overwhelmed when I saw that they had put the poem, Happy Thought on the wall which inspired my whole show. So awesome!

Then people started filing upstairs. Friends old and new came to say hi.









I got to see Lindsey's newest tattoos! Natalie Nasturtium and Emily Chamomile. They looked amazing! So honored, thank you Lindsey :D

So many people I didn't get photos with (got to get better at asking for pics!), but I remember everyone and it warms my heart to think you all came out to see my show. Thank you :D



Then this little guy showed up, Chamaco is his name and he's got his own IG account (@mynameischamaco). He was so soft and what a face!





        I was also happy to have gotten a Coke float with chocolate ice cream (thanks Nichole for mentioning it!). People were having fun taking pictures of themselves eating pizza next to King Pepi. Here's a couple of my favorites, Robert and John (you remember John, he's the manager at G1988) taking a bite.

I was happy to see so many people were having fun!


The night went so fast but I had one last thing I needed to do. I wanted to meet Scott C! He had a line for signing his books the whole night. I patiently waited until there were only a few people left and I finally shook his hand - and got a hug from the hug machine himself. No photos, but I swear it happened ;) He couldn't have been kinder. What a great guy.

I can't thank the wonderful folks at Gallery Nucleus enough for allowing me to share my happy thoughts with so many people. I truly am lucky and hope to continue making people smile with my work for years to come.

If anyone is interested in seeing my show, you can view it online. There's a few prints and originals still available.


Good night and sweet dreams everyone. You deserve it :D




Three Shows = New Originals

First up, is the long awaited Joss Whedon x Gallery 1988 show which opens next Friday at their West location. They're really keeping the lid on everyone's pieces but if you look closely you might see a bit of my piece below. Since I'll be in town for my solo, I'll get to attend this show as well! Be sure to say hi :)

Opening the next night in San Francisco is Spoke Art's KUBRICK: an art show tribute. I just love "The Shining" (sorry Mr. King) and came up with "I'm Not Gonna Hurt Ya" acrylic on maple, 11" x 11" x .75". To inquire about this piece or to be put on the advance collectors preview list, simply email spokeartgallery(at)gmail

Also opening Saturday, September 6th at 7pm is Happy As Kings, my solo exhibition at Gallery Nucleus. Scott C is showing the work from his latest children's book Hug Machine in the main gallery and there will be lots of fun things to do, including giveaways throughout the night. And pizza! And ice cream! So bring the little ones and spend the evening looking at art that makes you smile. If you can't make it to the opening (or if you want a shot at buying my artwork before anyone else make sure to sign up for the advance online preview here)."King Pepi"

"King Klondike"

Happy as Kings Solo Exhibition

My solo at Gallery Nucleus is opening September 6th and is titled, Happy as Kings. I was inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson poem, "Happy Thought":

The world is so full of a number of things

That we should all be as happy as kings

I have a hard time articulating what this show means to me, so I'll quote Gallery Nucleus.

"Cuddly Rigor Mortis, one of our favorite artists, has created a delightful body of work absolutely certain to leave you beaming! ...the artist introduces us to a group of gleeful royals that find happiness in the ordinary yet wonderful things in life. 

The subject of this latest collection is one that is close to Tercek's heart. After the artist's lifelong challenge with depression, finding appreciation and happiness in the little things in life became of importance. It is the artist's goal to bring smiles to the faces of all who enjoy her work."

Some of you may know what I've been through in the past and to look back and see how far I've come...well, it chokes me up a bit.

It means the world to me that I'm putting smiles on your faces and helps me get up and paint every single day.

Well, that and ice cream. And sushi. And butterflies and crocodiles. And...well you get the picture ;)

Thank you.

You can sign up for the exclusive online preview here, which gives you the chance to see and purchase paintings a day earlier than the public.

Violet and Blue

I was asked to participate in the Imaginary Friends show opening at Gallery Nucleus this Saturday and I couldn't have been happier. C'mon, my whole life is made up of imaginary friends. Big furry monsters seem to inhabit every corner of my home so this was a no brainer.

I present, "Violet and Blue" acrylic on maple 10" x 11.5"

Everytime I look at these two I smile. I hope they have the same effect on you.

If anyone is interested, there is an exclusive online preview that will go out the day before the show opens where you can not only see all the artwork from the show, but purchase it as well. All you need to do is sign up here.

A Christmas Story and LOTR

***Both shows opened with a bang and I wanted to give you the update! My Christmas Story painting sold but there are limited edition prints now available at Gallery 1988. You can still purchase my LOTR original here and/or purchase exclusive prints from Gallery Nucleus. Thanks!***

Next week I have the pleasure of showing in two huge shows. First up is Crazy4Cult 7: Back in NYC opening Friday, December 13th. When I got the list of cult movies I immediately chose A Christmas Story. Classic, sheer joy and comfort come to mind when I watch this movie and I couldn't think of anything else better than to pay tribute to it. I took some of the memorable scenes - the decoder ring, the pink bunny suit and the coup de grâce, the red rider bb gun incident and put them together in this piece. "Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us."

"Unthinkable Disasters Descend" acrylic on maple, 8" x 10"

The very next day, Out of the Shire: A Tribute Exhibition to Middle-Earth opens at Gallery Nucleus. I must admit that although I'm a fan of LOTR, I had a tough time coaxing an idea out. Then it just hit me like a flash - ring...horses... - carousel! What can I tell you, but that's how it happened. Months of thinking and thinking and then three words later I've got my idea.

"Lord of the Brass Ring" acrylic on maple, 11" x 13.25"

As with all my work, I hope that they both bring a smile to your face and some of the fun that I have painting them leaks out. Eww, I'm sure I could put that better. Ummm...the fun I have painting ooozes over the edge? No, certainly not. Well, you get the point.


Big Bang and Bad Dads

Hi everyone!

I'm so happy to announce two brand new pieces for these amazing shows:

First up is my piece entitled, "Sheldon's Spot" for The Physics of Friendship: A Tribute to The Big Bang Theory at Gallery Nucleus. This is a big one - presented by both Nucleus and Warner Bros. the opening reception is next week - Oct 19, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Click here to see the list of opening night festivities, sign up for the online preview and purchase pieces before the show (the preview will go out Tuesday).

This piece measures 11" x 11.25" and is acrylic on maple. My nieces are absolutely huge BBT fans and they were so excited when I told them about this show. They helped me immensely putting together some fun details for this piece - thanks girls!

Next up is my painting for Spoke Art's Bad Dads art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. It's entitled, "Fantastic Family Portrait" This is always a fun show and I'm thrilled to be taking part in it again this year. The opening lasts a whole weekend!

Friday, November 1st - opening reception / Halloween party
Saturday, November 2nd - opening reception / Halloween party
Sunday, November 3rd - film screening at the Castro Theatre.
Be sure to visit Spoke Art for more details.

This piece measures 8.5" x 12" and is also acrylic on maple. I had a blast once again painting a frame (it's a lovely gold) and this time incorporating some fun details from the movie, "Fantastic Mr. Fox".

Thanks again for reading and for the support! I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for all the wonderful people surrounding me :D

Jellyfishing, Jellyfishing, Jellyfishing!

***Update: 19" x 13" giclees available exclusively from Gallery Nucleus. Click here to visit their site :)***

What can I say, I love Spongebob. Sincerely, since the very first episode. His pure joy was infectious.

So when Gallery Nucleus emailed that they wanted me to participate in their Spongebob tribute show - and they were partnering up with Nickelodeon - it was a no-brainer.

I'm in!

I present my ode to pure joy, "Jellyfishin' With Gary" acrylic on maple, 11" x 16"

The show opens July 27th (this Saturday) and should be a blast, just like every other art show that Nucleus puts on.

But this one's Spongebob.

Don't for-get it!


Now go blow some bubbles and eat a Krabbie Patty.

A Saga in the Stars

***Update: due to the amazing response to this piece, I decided to make 9" x 12" prints available in my shop. Can't thank everyone enough - enjoy!***

If you haven't looked at your calendar recently then you may not know that this Saturday is May the 4th. There are a lot of Star Wars tribute shows to choose from but here's two that I'm particularly fond of.

First is A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away presented by Gallery Nucleus. This is another monster of a show-

I was asked not to preview my piece until the show opened but the gallery has it on their website :D If you want first dibs on the artwork (before the opening) then simply sign up for the preview list here.

This is a large piece for me (15" x 11.25") and I really wanted to make a statement since Star Wars shaped the course of my life. I present "Kaapauku Life Day Portrait" with Chewie and his family, Lumpy, Itchy and Malla (anyone see the Star Wars Holiday Special?).

I hope this piece makes everyone smile because it was so much fun to paint!

The other Star Wars I wanted to mention is G999-2: The Haunted Mansion Meets Star Wars presented by Gallery 999, during Bats Day in Anaheim. I was asked to take part in this by the awesome Noak K but I just couldn't swing it with my schedule. But c'mon...Haunted Mansion AND Star Wars? Pure gold :) My hubby is participating and has such a cool piece but once again, it's hush, hush on previews (for real this time). But you can visit Gallery 999's website and get all the details here:

May the 4th be with all of us!

Have fun :D

Good Rocky's Revival

May I present, "Good Rocky's Revival" (11.75" x 9.25" acrylic on wood) for All Together Now: A Tribute to The Beatles at Gallery Nucleus, opening July 7th through July 29th. If you click the above link you can sign up for the preview (that means you'll get an early shot at seeing/buying the work from this show!)  I'm also very happy that it's a benefit show with a portion of the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

When I got the email to be a part of this I started thinking about what Beatles song I could use for inspiration. A small voice said, "...rocky raccoon..." and I jumped because Ed was standing close behind me whispering it. Seems that he has taken the place of my failed memory because I've always loved Rocky Raccoon and wow what an absolutely perfect fit for me!

I also decided to do another progress video (over 400 photos) and although I didn't dare use the original song, I stumbled upon AudioSwap at YouTube which allows you to add music from their 'extensive collection' directly to your video. I found a perfect piano rag and this is the result - enjoy!

New Print Releases

I'm happy to announce that Gallery Nucleus is now producing "Thank You, Thank You!", "Daffadown Dilly" and "It's a Trap" prints.



"Daffadown Dilly" and "It's a Trap" are $25 each and measure 4.5" x 24". A very affordable pair!


"Thank You, Thank You!" measures 8.5" x 11" and is only $20.


Visit Gallery Nucleus and go shopping!