Save the Date! California Love 2 at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland


California Love 2
A Love Letter to Southern California
Leanna Lin’s Wonderland
Opening Event: September 16 (6-9pm)
Show Run: September 16 – October 29

On September 16, Leanna Lin’s Wonderland presents California Love 2: A Love Letter to Southern California. Curated by Supahcute, this group exhibition is a follow-up to last year’s California Love Art Show. We’ve invited our favorite artists to share what they love about the southern region of the Golden State.

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 6-9pm, and the exhibition runs through October 29.

Artists: Amanda DempseyBelle LeeBored Inc.Celina La FlacaFlat BonnieHooked HandsilootpaperieJared Andrew SchorrJenna Puente (Paper Wilderness) Kelley FrisbyKendra MinadeoMiranda DresslerMisha LuluNaoshi – Nina PalombaPapa Joe SalOrbital OxRitzy PeriwinkleSaoZenSimon Says MacySusutenVanessa Ramirez

Postcard graphic by Bored Inc.

Artist Interview: Jerrod Maruyama


Jerrod Marayuma is a freelance illustrator and creator of kawaii pushing the boundaries of cuteness. He’s a longtime favorite of Supahcute and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I’m proud to feature Jerrod in my latest Supahcute Artist Interview.

How do you manage the balance between freelance work and personal work?

Freelance work is my day job. That’s my bread and butter and I devote at least eight hours a day to that work. The evenings are usually reserved for personal projects and art shows. As I’ve become busier with just about everything I’ve found it helpful to schedule time to work on specific projects. I have to break down work into manageable sections to accomplish everything on time. Of course, this is a fluid project. Things change. Other projects pop up. Life interrupts. But in general, I have to schedule everything out as much as I can. Long gone are the days of finishing one project before starting another – which is what I prefer. But I’m not complaining.


I’m always impressed with how you’re always on top of things. What’s the secret to your success?

In all honesty, I love what I do and I feel extremely lucky to be creating for a living. That motivates me to work hard. Over time, you start to see where your time and effort is best spent. Promoting work, creating new work, staying inspired – this is my job. It’s not optional. When you’re self-employed, there really are no vacations. If I’m not working, I’m not getting paid. I find it very easy to stay motivated because if I coast, the repercussions are felt instantly. Again, I’m not complaining. I enjoy the work immensely –not all of it of course. But drawing and creating are what I live for. The other stuff – paperwork, taxes, schedules, etc – are just part of the job. To me, that stuff is just common sense. Hit your deadlines. Pay your bills. Promote your work. Those are easy because there’s nothing to think about. It’s very clear what needs to be done. They’re all connected.


What upcoming project are you excited about right now? Or is it super-secret?

I will tell you and then I will have to kill you. I’m involved in a lot of long term projects at the moment and that’s great. Been working with Disney Baby on a line of books and that’s been ongoing for a few years now. I’m working on new things with WonderGround Gallery all the time. I’ve got a few other projects that I’m excited about but will wait to say anything more. It’s not that I’m secretive – it’s that I’m completely superstitious. I feel like talking too much about a project before it’s out there will jinx the process. I’d much rather promote the finished piece than explain why it didn’t happen for whatever reason.


What is the biggest lesson that 2016 has taught you?

That’s a tough question. The older I get, the more I see that opportunity is out there. You have to grab it. You can’t wait for the Universe to tell you “Now is the time”. That’s never going to happen. I don’t just mean getting started in a career. I think it’s true for every step of your career. How and when you take your career to the next level is up to you. I think we are often sidetracked by the fear of the unknown. We’re all very good at creating elaborate excuses for not doing something. We’re also very good at procrastinating. We tell ourselves we have to research this first or think about this or that. In reality, you have to just jump in. You have to do it. I’m not advocating a reckless approach. You still have to be smart and work hard. But there’s a big difference between talking about doing something and actually doing it. There will of course be challenges and failure. But no amount of planning can side step that. It’s part of the process. I struggle with this every day but once you start seeing the benefits of being out there and doing what you love, the rewards outweigh the risks. I can’t say there was something specific that happened in 2016 to make me think this way but I definitely thought a lot about this in the past 12 months or so.


You can only ride one Disney ride for the rest of your life. Which one is it?

It’s a small world. Yep, I can ride that thing over and over and never get bored or even tire of the song. I love the look and feel. There’s so much to see. It beautifully represents the work of Mary Blair in a way few artists are represented in that park. There might be more exciting rides for sure but you can’t say any of them have more going on than in it’s a small world.


Visit Jerrod’s website to see more of his work.

A Survey, a Solo Exhibition by Edwin Ushiro

Edwin Ushiro A Survey

On Saturday, July 8, Giant Robot 2 Gallery presents A Survey, a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro. The show opens with a reception on July 8 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. and runs through July 26. For art inquiries please contact Eric Nakamura at eric@giantrobot.comand 424-246-7626.

EDWIN USHIRO The Shower (2017)

From the artist statement: “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafacdio Hearn is a book that has held my childhood fascination of the supernatural into my adult life. I interpreted selections of the Japanese folktales in this book through the eyes of a Japanese American growing up in Hawaii. A place where the supernatural is alive and well documented since the arrival of the immigrants in 1885. From here, I am able to present and share with you a better understanding of these folktales.”

EDWIN USHIRO Yuki Onna (2017)

Edwin Ushiro is an artist from Hawaii who is currently residing in Southern California. He captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in a technique that’s uniquely his own.

EDWIN USHIRO The Dream of Akinsuke I (2017)

Edwin Ushiro’s work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.

EDWIN USHIRO Local Motion (2017)

Artist Interview: Adrianna Bamber


Adrianna Bamber, aka A.Bamber, is an artist and designer who is also pretty skilled at operating a sewing machine. Adrianna is both the author and illustrator of “My Ukrainian American Story” and she just launched a Kickstarter project to publish it.

Tell me about “My Ukrainian American Story.”

My book is about a Ukrainian American girl who shares fun tidbits about her life and culture. Working on this book has been an emotional cultural journey for me. From reminiscing about my childhood to pondering cultural identity – mine and of Ukrainians and the Ukrainian American community. Maintaining focus on a self authored and illustrated project is challenging; edits to both text and illustrations can spiral.


What is your dream children’s book project?

My dream children’s book project is to illustrate a magical, fun book (possibly containing ponies) to be published with a licensing deal for character toys and an animated show. What a dream!


Which artist inspires you right now at this very moment?

I am inspired by a mix of artists, illustrators and designers…as well as experiences, “non artist people”, travel and nature. The illustrators I’m into at this moment are Tor Freeman, Benjamin Chaud, Jean Jullien and Jayde Fish.


How will the rest of 2017 unfold for you?

I’m planning on publishing my first children’s book and getting started on my next book! Yay!

My Ukrainian American Story” is Adrianna’s first children’s picture book. Adrianna’s other illustration work can be viewed at and on Twitter and Instagram.

The Mary Blair Tribute Show Closes Sunday, June 11


We want to thank everyone who has visited The Mary Blair Tribute Show at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland! This weekend is your last chance to see everything in person so don’t delay!


Special thanks to all of our participating artists: Bored Inc.Cameron GarlandCathy ZhangCrowded TeethEm & SproutGenevieve SantosGreenbeanbabyJared Andrew SchorrJoel and Ashley Selby – Kendra MinadeoKukubeeLuke FlowersMegan BrainMisha LuluNan LawsonNina PalombaOrbital OxSaoZenSergio JaureguiShelley Couvillion – Vanessa Ramirez


Many pieces have sold but there are some great originals and a few prints still available for sale. If you can’t see the show in person, check it out online!


The show ends this Sunday, June 11 so be sure to capture the magic while you still can. For more photos, visit this Flickr album.