Newly Mounted at Velvet Tango Room

My slightly S&M tribute painting to Velazquez, “Lady with a Fan Thinks You’ve Been Very Bad” is now on view at the best cocktail bar around, The Velvet Tango Room. Trust me I’ve done the tours around this country, and nothing ever seems quite as good as VTR. They saw the craft cocktail craze coming about 15 years before it hit!


Snaps from the Reception at BAYarts

I have to say I think that was the most packed art reception I ever had! I didn’t think so many people would come out (all the way to the westside) let alone in the rain, but there we had it! My pals K&G even flew in all the way from San Francisco and we had a fun little weekend out of it. So, thank you all who came and supported me, you know I don’t get mushy about stuff but it meant a lot on light of the events that happened this month! Honestly, at one point I was considered cancelling the show or putting it off until next year — I’m glad I didn’t.

The art talk went pretty well considering I have only done one carefully timed Pecha Kucha talk before. I think I meandered a bit in the beginning and I remember using the words “whore” a lot, but that’s why I said it was NC-17, after all! The really nice thing about the talk were the current/former Cleveland Clinic employees and those married to them all wondering why the Cleveland Clinic didn’t sponsor this show, but mainly, why haven’t I been invited to speak there? I think it wasn’t just because of the medical history points, but the fact that I am a patient there and some of the later works reflected my state of mind why regard to that whole process. Stay tuned!

Anyway, here is a mishmash of photos myself and others were able to get in the flurry of activity. I was just excited to wear high heels for the first time in a year…

The show is up until April 25th at BAYarts, minus one painting I let be taken off the wall because it was a time sensitive birthday gift. I’ll be posting all the work and the new stories eventually here and on my website.

Down To the Wire!

I finished the paintings and the stories!

I could still spend another few weeks “correcting” and tweaking them, but I guess that won’t be happening. I have never, ever, worked this close up to a show. I don’t like the feeling at all! Good thing I use Gamvar varnish that dries quickly.

Big thanks to for the interview, and The Plain Dealer for the highlight on the show opening this Friday! And, if you are not able to make it to the opening reception, never fear, as I will be giving a gallery talk on Wednesday the 9th which is sure to be entertaining. I’m considering getting a skull cake for it (or maybe a heart or a spleen), but we’ll see.


“In Scorpio” 20×20 inches oil on linen.


Art and Fashion in Ohio City!


Deering Vintage and Cooperative Press present a stylish evening of art, fashion, and vintage finds…with me!

Save the date: Friday, September 6th from 5pm to 8pm

This will be a mini art show as well as a signing of my book and my art catalog, “Ephemeral Antidotes”. Come shop, sip, and learn more about my upcoming fashion illustration classes that I’m, finally, doing for adults (starting October 1st, $75 for 4 weeks). And if you’ve ever been to Deering Vintage, you know the accessories alone are amazing!

View the Facebook invite here.


Current + Upcoming Art Fun Times

Current – March 30th: G40: Where Arts & Politics Collide Art Summit @ 223 23rd Street, Arlington, VA 22202. 75,000 sq. feet and 5 floors of exhibiting artists from around the world. I’ll be represented by Art Whino Gallery.

Current – April 2nd: “From Woman III” Celebrate Women’s History Month. Created by women, of women and about women @ Lakeland Community College Fine Arts Gallery in Kirtland, OH. Artists include Sandy Shelenberger and Phyllis Fannin. Curated by Mary Urbas. Artist Reception: Sunday, March 28th 2-5 PM

Current – April 17th: “Dark and Lovely” group show w/ Jack Howe, Jon Todd, Ray Ceasar, Aunia Kahn, Heather Gabel, and more @ Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ.

April 9th – 11th: SPACES Art Mart Member’s Show. Opening Reception: Friday April 9th 6-9pm $5 admission for non-members. 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113

Saturday, May 1st: The Screw Factory spring open studio event, 1pm-8pm. Come poke around and see what I have going on!

Innocence and Arrogance

I’m going to be in the DC area for the 1st time in a decade for my show with Brandi Read opening on Saturday. If you are in the area you should come and check it out. I’m driving in with some Cleveland friends as well, should be fun. Going to have to make a stop at the Smithsonian for the National Portrait Gallery — you know — the “real” one that the Portrait Society of America thought would sue me? I still laugh at it. Anywhoo, here’s the info on the show…

Art Whino presents Innocence & Arrogance: The Art of Arabella Proffer and Brandi Read. These two pop-surrealist and neo-realist women artists have teamed up to create an exciting exhibition of Punks, Goths, Muses, Models and Royalty. Both artists’ exquisitely rendered subjects go beyond the typical portrait, encompassing uniquely distinctive vitality and style, and exposing viewers to both of their whimsical insights and flights of imagination.

Saturday, August 15th, from 6pm – Midnight
Art Whino Gallery
173 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745

Music by DJ Rick Taylor (We Fought The Big One) and DJ Sequential (Screen Vinyl Image and Alcian Blue). The DC Rollergirls will also be making an appearance from 8pm-10pm.