Thank you for all your interest.  I am always hearing from collectors, especially from European countries, always asking the same question:  "When are you planning to exhibit here."  First of all, I loved living in Europe and would love having another international exhibition.  Opportunities always present themselves.  Unfortunately, however, an international traveling exhibition is actually a huge  undertaking, not only in terms of time but also in terms of energy. As you can imagine, organizing a large traveling exhibition actually requires the genuine support of a large team of committed art professionals.  Not to complain, but organizing another international traveling exhibition also takes everything out of me, especially getting so many paintings on the planes, and having to cut through all the red tape in getting through international customs with a large traveling art collection is overwhelming! So a retrospective would have to come from official government channels for me to consider.
      While I would love to have another international retrospective in Europe,  at this point,  an exhibition in America is much more realistic for me.  I also don't do small shows and just haven't found the right venue that is large enough for a retrospective of my life's work.  So, for all you interested art professionals, I'm open to suggestions. Nonetheless, if you would like me to organize an exhibition in your city, please feel free to keep inquiring.  I'm open to it.  You never know...  It's just a matter of timing and being contacted by the right people who have the means to make it happen...  Again, I thank all of you for all your interest.   In the meantime, if you would like me to organize an exhibition in your city,  please feel free to inquire at ZermenoGallery on my contact page. 

Celebrating Women's History!

"Woman in Black Boots" 
An inspirational story meeting First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
by Marie Caso

March is Women's History Month.  For art and inspiration I decided to personally celebrate women's history month by honoring Eleanor Roosevelt here on the blog for ZermenoGallery with an inspirational story by Marie Caso, a senior citizen who took one of my community workshops in the art of storytelling called Digital Storytelling.  Digital Storytelling a multimedia art form I've used as an Arts Director for the community that combines: script writing, video, photos, and music using digital media for the internet.  

Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt
Ever wonder what it would be like to meet Eleanor Roosevelt?  My former student Marie Caso has!  Her inspirational story meeting Eleanor Roosevelt is titled:  "Woman in Black Boots".  For the sake of historical preservation, during my workshop in the art of storytelling, Marie recounted her own unique life experience meeting this important First Lady in American History.  View it online here!


The Art of Community

"The Art of Community"

Recently I had to laugh when I was asked how I first became a "Coffee Cup Artist".  Thinking about it, I'm still laughing!!!  Honestly, they really didn't mean any harm.  In fact they were actually genuinely interested in coffee cup design.  Just because I started my career working in a factory, ever since I was a kid living in the Arizona desert, people have always underestimated me, trying to label me and put me in a box.  Even today with my over 20 year background working as an artist and community leader in the arts, I love it when I get these funny label comments.  So today I had to make an exception and respond here on the blog for ZermenoGallery.

My Response
 I have a global audience. The only reason I design on ceramic coffee cups is to share myself, my creativity, and my art with the world in a pleasurable way that is fun, affordable, and inspirational for everyone.  Art & Design is in my DNA. Since I am constantly generating interest about my education and background, not to toot my own horn, but I am a Harvard graduate. I also furthered my education in art & graphic design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

As an artist, I love to create. Period.  So why put a label on my expansive and creative toolbox?  Some days I create with a pencil, pen, ink, paintbrush, pastels, and use oil on canvas.  I also use multimedia to design, teach, write, manage, and direct art projects, including television programs and documentary making and storytelling.  And yes, some days I even love to create and design on ceramic coffee cups to share myself and my art with the world.  My rule for success has always been very sweet and simple: "Do what you love!"

My success as an artist is also what quickly lead to my long and professional arts career as an community leader to support social causes dear to my heart.  At times, that's why I even put down my paint brush to come out of my art studio to accept leadership roles in the arts. In fact, with my unique background, professional life experience, and commitment to the arts, I once even accepted a building to use as a blank canvas to create an nonprofit organization.  In my leadership role as an Executive Director, I have designed tailored community arts programs to promote peace and empower families with children, adults, and senior citizens from all walks of life.

First I do an assessment of the diverse community, then I design specific art programs to serve the diversity of people from all walks of life living in these unique communities. For PEACE in Boston, for example, I loved using my skills as an artist to create the organization's original logo and graphic identity on a napkin (seen above).  When the organization reached the national level, I then traveled around the country on the speaking circuit inspiring other nonprofits on the secrets of success.  Again, with my life-long commitment to the arts, I do what I love!

One of the greatest joys of my community enrichment programs I created there was a gallery called The Peace Gallery, which had frequent art exhibitions to celebrate everyone coming together as a strong and vibrant community.  Despite this new label as a "Coffee Cup Artist" here's an example of a short video I produced during that time in my role as an Executive Director to promote "The Art of Community" with my Journey to Africa exhibition there.  I hope I've answered your questions.  Enjoy!


The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa Exhibit
Thank you for all your interest in exhibitions, my background and my life in the arts.    I'm always happy to hear that my work in the arts was inspirational to you.  I am constantly creating new work.  In fact, I have so many that there's simply too many to keep blogging about. That's one of the reasons I no longer post my new works of art online.  However, since my community art was so popular, I decided to go ahead an post another video.  This "Mona Lisa" was an exhibition for the kids in one of my art programs in the community.  Enjoy!


Beauty In the Storm

Beauty in the Storm

In New England, we just had another winter storm.  During times like this, when I feel I cannot control what is happening in my environment and the world, I’m grateful that at least I have a set of daily rituals that always cheer me up. My daily rituals aren’t much different than most people.  In fact, like most people, my day also starts by taking a moment of meditation with a cup of coffee, not only to wake up my senses but also to gather my thoughts and ground myself for the rest of the day.  As an artist, personally I prefer starting my day looking at art with my cup of coffee for inspiration.   Lately after watching the news,  and all the violence everywhere, I worry about my country and the America that I love.   

Fortunately, immediately after returning from Italy I planted the bulbs of spring flowers indoors so I could at least experience the beauty of spring  within the inner sanctuary of peace in my own home. That’s why this beautiful spring flower (seen above) is now blooming inside so full of life and color in vibrant red.  In here beauty blooms, even in the dead of winter while the world outside is still so cold and freezing that the storm left so full of snow.  This beautiful spring flower blooming like this in winter speaks directly to me and my heart.  While beauty may be out of season, my blooming flower boldly keeps inspiring me to continue my personal motto and unique way of living in the world.  I know this may be hard to believe.  But I can feel my  flower's love! My flower s message to me is so loud and clear:  

“Leave your trouble outside.  In here Life is Beautiful!”  

So inside, as my flower and I remain sheltered from the coldness of the world outside, seeing beauty is how I am committed to living my life.  Despite what's happening in the outside world, fortunately in here I am feeling like my regular self committed to my own unique purpose in living 

“The Art of Happiness.”  

Besides, how can I ever inspire others if I am not able to inspire myself?  As an artist, naturally, I care very deeply about living in a world filled with art and beauty.  In this world I desire, everyone also lives happily in world of peace.  But I am artist.  Not a politician!  So at times like this when I allow what's happening the world outside to invade my inner sanctuary,  I just take a deep breath and remind myself to accept my limitations.  As an artist, I know there is nothing that I can personally do to prevent all the noise and violence outside constantly encroaching closer and closer into my sacred space.  So I determine to leave all the violence and negativity happening in the outside world to the politicians.   Despite the storms of life, it’s now time for me to return to practicing what I preach.  Fortunately that’s why I am leaving the troubles of the world outside while here in my American in Paris Gallery I am now celebrating that “Life is beautiful!”  

So rather than spending so much time outraged and frustrated watching the violence in the world on TV like what recently happened to the school children in the Florida shooting, instead I am now back in the studio putting my emotions on the canvas where they belong!  In fact, even as I was thinking about these innocent children and the bloody massacre, instead of spreading more negativity in the world, as I was painting I let my emotions turn that powerful force of negative energy like a bolt of lightening into something constructive and even beautiful. 

As an artist, that's the best way I could possibly honor the lives of these precious children in Florida.  That's why I honored and expressed my feelings with paint directly on the canvas creating a new work of art.  This latest painting was inspired by all the emotions this devastating event made me feel inside. To be sure, as an expressionist, it is an “emotional” expression on canvas.  As an artist, I did my job. I found beauty, even in the midst of a storm.  Creatively, what came out of me was a bunch of roses in a storm rising from the depths of the darkness of the ground up into the sky of heaven. The title of this painting is now called:  "Beauty in The Storm”.  

Even though this oil painting is still wet, it is already in a frame and now on exhibit in my “American in Paris” Gallery.  For me this painting is a breakthrough not only in terms of theme, mood, style, colors, and technique, it also made me personally respect and value how I spend my time. That's why I am announcing that I will no longer be spending precious time and energy blogging in my own small way to inspire the entire world.  Therefore, this will be my last post, at least for a long time. It’s now time for me to get back to work staying focused in my art studio creating more works of art.  So until then, where ever you are in the world, I hope my life, my work, and these articles I've written and shared here on the blog for ZermenoGallery over the years have in some way inspired you in your own life to appreciate that “Life is Beautiful!”


Sneak Preview

Lesson of the Day

Atlas holding the World on his shoulders

Lesson of the Day
Do you ever feel like Atlas holding the world on your shoulders?  I can totally relate!  As an artist, in my attempts to inspire the world, even I admit to often feeling like Atlas, especially when I spend so much of my time blogging constantly giving of myself unconditionally trying to inspire others around the world.  Knowing I've inspired others as an artist gives me joy!  Here's what I've learned.  I also have to remember to give as much to myself as I give to others so freely and unconditionally.  In fact, that is why I will be blogging less and less in the future.  So if there's one important point I choose to say by sharing my photograph with you taken of Atlas in Venice it is this:

We are all responsible for the choices we make in our lives.  

That includes how we spend our time.  So this is a friendly reminder to take time to give as much to yourself as you give to others.  There has to be a give and take.  That's called having "balance".  Right now I am feeling like Atlas carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I've been giving and giving and giving...   While I appreciate all your interest in me and my work, at this time, I ask for your understanding while I replenish the well.

Roman Holiday