First stop in Brooklyn was Kristin Baker's immaculate and superbly organized studio space. Kristin was a delight. So well-spoken, charming, smart and articulate about her incredible body of works, including her race car series, to her book-inspired works, her landscapes, and her surprising oyster paintings (of which she does one per year).


She is especially proud of the monumental "sketchbook doodles".  Her newest piece was already gone: a backdrop for a Selfie, this one inspired by Edvard Munch's The Scream, measuring a colossal 80 x 120 inches. Using metal scrapers and acrylics on PVC board, Kristin applies color by taping and scraping.


The results are intense with vibrancy, almost collage-like because of the layering. Each of Kristin's finished works has a clipboard of images next to it, documenting the process and timeline of how the piece progressed. It was so fascinating to see how each work of art evolved and changed over time. 


Having taken some time off from painting (because she just had a baby-and looks amazing), Kristin will soon return to the studio full-time so she can get back to creating 6-8 paintings per year.  


She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and graduated from Yale's MA Painting program. Her work has been exhibited in many prominent international galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Royal Academy in London.


Lunch at Montana's Trail House was a charming stop in the heart of Flushing and then on to the talented and busy Jacob Hashimoto in his studio space.


I love seeing the bins upon bins of mini-kites waiting to be strung up on his next masterpiece.


He will be having two shows this coming year so stay tuned for exciting works to come from Jacob. About 20 new pieces should surface but act FAST because they tend to fly right out of the gallery! Jacob is also working on some public projects for key locations in Los Angeles and abroad.


Stay tuned.....