Gypsy Brides are heading to Fireplace Gallery, Oregon

GB at MtHCC April 2016 FLier1 - for web

The infamous Gypsy Brides are off to another exhibition in the Pacific Northwest. After their first debut in Beaverton’s new City Hall Building in 2016, the remaining works are heading east to the Fireplace Gallery at Mt. Hood Community College. Students at the campus will have an opportunity ask questions and get to know the series during the show hanging on April 1, 2016. The exhibit will then continue April 2 – 28, 2016. Be sure to visit the Fireplace Gallery during the exhibition to see the Gypsy Bride in person!

Fireplace Gallery, on Mt. Hood Community College Campus, 26000 SE Stark Street, Gresham, OR 97030. The Fireplace Gallery is located in the Student Union (AC1051).

Show of prints at Cup Coffee March – April 2016

20160307_145826In the mood for art? How about a cup of delicious coffee to go with that craving? Now through April 8, 2016 you can get your hands on any one of my original prints at Cup Coffee Co. on N. Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon. Under the curatorial management of local legend, Jeffery Howard, I have 13, framed, original prints on exhibition and sale. In addition, I’ve included over 10 small prints for sale under $35! Get down to Cup Coffee soon before they are all gone!

Cup Coffee Co. located at 7540 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97217 Open Weekdays 6:30AM to 5:30PM & Weekends 7:30AM to 5:30PM

Being a part of the Epilepsy Foundation community

A few months ago I posted about my experience with the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (EFNW). Since then I have become a regular volunteer with the EFNW. I’ve met more adults with seizures than I had ever known in San Diego. People that are leaders in their industries, have created healthy families, and who are passionate about educating our citizens onthe vast range of seizure activity (currently 19 varieties ranging from staring, blanking, tofull convulsion).

For years I didn’t want any one to know I had this condition. But now, it DOES NOT DEFINE ME; it is just something I have.In the words of one of my fellow volunteers- She said that we have to change the stigma around seizures. The current language used says that “people have seizures,” however we should update our terminology to say that “people live with seizures.” (See how that makes a difference in your perception?) It was eye opening to hear it said so directly.

I can not thank my prior neurologist, Dr. Maung Aung at Scripps Medical, La Jolla for recommending that I contact the regional Epilepsy Foundation upon my move to Oregon. If you or someone you know lives withseizures, please contact your local Epilepsy Foundation to learn about life-saving response techniques, workshops, and volunteer opportunities. I’m glad I did.

Raziah & Michael are getting married!

20150313_182457On a personal note – I’M GETTING MARRIED! Michael Kadera and I are officially engaged and planning a wedding in Balboa Park, San Diego for May 2016. We had an amazing courtship flying back and forth between Portland and San Diego, followed by a fast-paced remodel of a 2,400 sf. ft. home in Beaverton, and topped by an engagement.Between all of this activity, we’ve finally finished the Oregon studio and I’m working on a host of new paintings.


Mike and I would like to ask, if you are considering a wedding gift, that rather than a traditional gift (like a blender or household goods), that you’d consider a cash gift to our GoFundMe honeymoon fundat want to go to the Mediterranean this September 2016 as our honeymoon. Thank you!