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Fresh Paint Gallery presents: The Anniversary Show, an exhibit with Portia La Touche

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Date: January 11 to March 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Event Details: This is the first anniversary celebration for Fresh Paint Gallery, featuring the 12 artists who exhibited during the first year. Portia will have one painting: "In the Weeds." Come by and meet Deborah Williams, the gallerist, and see all the wonderful artists on display!
Location: Fresh Paint Gallery, 1020-B Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037

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“Heaven & Earth” exhibit at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla

By Salon Post

Zen Destiny

I am super excited to be invited to show at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla!  This is a professional gallery, not a ‘pay to play’ type of gallery that I often exhibit at.  Not that there is anything wrong with paying the rent myself to exhibit my art.  But being accepted in to a professional gallery is certainly a dream come true for all artists.

And in the process, I was challenged to create some new and unique works of art using the traditional tools of Asian brush painting – ink, rice paper and bamboo brushes – in a non-traditional style, which is the direction I am taking my painting.

Here is my painting “Zen Destiny.”  The enso, or Zen circle, is not a character, it is simply a stroke of the brush.  Here, the enso represents the vast emptiness of space.

To view details of my five paintings at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla, please visit their website:
You may purchase these works directly from the Gallery, or feel free to contact me:

Fresh Paint Gallery presents: Heaven and Earth, an exhibit with Portia La Touche

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Date: October 29, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Event Details: Fresh Paint Gallery of La Jolla presents "Heaven and Earth," an exhibit featuring works by Portia La Touche, Patrick Brown, Ellen Dieter, and Julia San Roman. The theme of this show is based on Portia's award-winning painting: "Heaven & Earth." Portia will have 4 other works: "Zen Destiny," "My Garden in Ink," "In the Weeds," and "Just Heaven and Earth" all expressing Portia's interpretation of this theme.

"When I imagine Heaven, I envision space and infinity, something celestial, but not ecclesiastic. I attempt to represent the feeling of heaven, or space, being huge and vast. In contrast, Earth to me means being grounded, solid, firm. Things are made from the earth, organic, so the colors I choose are definitely earthy.

There will be a big reception with wine, cheese and live music. Please join me!
Location: Fresh Paint Gallery, 1020-B Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037

To view details of my five paintings at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla, please visit their website:

View My Work

You may purchase these works directly from the Gallery, or feel free to contact me:

Ink In Motion invitation

Ink In Motion: Exhibit of Calligraphy & Ink Paintings

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Ink In Motion invitation
Date: July 3 - July 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 7, from 2:00 to 4:00
Event Details: An exhibition of calligraphy and ink painting by 5 members of the Sea of Ink Calligraphy Study Group from San Diego:
Portia La Touche
Don Getzug
Lisa Curry
Joanne Sullivan
Shantien Tom Chow, Curator
featuring traditional and experimental works. This show hopes to widen the scope and promote the depth of Asian brush arts.
Location: Corner Gallery at Huntington Beach Library, 7111 Talbert Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

The Tao of Ink: My Path to Creating this Exhibit

By Salon Post

“The Path” includes getting 23 paintings to City Hall in Bill’s big new truck!

It is an honor to be selected by the City of Encinitas Civic Art Program for this exhibit. I understand that over a thousand local artists apply each year, yet only a few are chosen to show art works in City buildings. I was given City Hall, which is like Grand Central Station to little Encinitas – lots of visitors all day long. A great venue to showing off my humble artworks.

“Tao” (or “Dao”) means path or ‘the way’ in Chinese and Japanese. The concept is broad and encompasses both the spiritual and the pragmatic. For me, it represents my own artistic development as I continue to study Asian brush painting and pass from a student who copies to an emerging professional artist with my own interpretation of the techniques and with my own authentic style.

Even the language used to describe this art form has evolved for me since I began in 1985. It started as Chinese Brush Painting.  Later, I referred to my style as contemporary Asian brush painting, as my influences were also very Japanese, and most certainly, my aesthetic is more Japanese than Chinese, and my style was becoming more modern.  Somehow the term brush persists.  Why is that?  Can we imagine painting with ink on rice paper without a brush?  Today, with fresh, ingenious influences from young, hip artists in China, the genre is ink painting.  See?  The term brush has disappeared.  It’s all about the ink.

The Tao of Ink: My Path to Contemporary Asian Brush Painting

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Date: Thursday, January 3 to Thursday, January 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Free and open to the public.
Event Details: A City of Encinitas Civic Art Program juried exhibit featuring 23 contemporary ink paintings by Portia La Touche.

"The Tao of Ink" My path to contemporary Asian brush painting" is an exhibit of paintings created in the ancient Asian brush painting manner with a contemporary American art esthetic.

This is my path - or Tao - to reimagine ancient Asian brush painting into a contemporary art form. The push and pull between traditional and modern art create a positive tension and blur the lines between East and West.
Location: Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024

2018 Exhibition of American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting

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Date: October 2 to October 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Event Details: This is the annual exhibit of members of the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting, a California organization of artists studying traditional ink painting. Paintings were judged by a professional artist, and of the 70 paintings in this show my calligraphy painting, "Heaven & Earth," won the #2 prize Outstanding Award!
Location: Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

GARDENS OF INK: an Invitational Exhibit of Contemporary Ink Paintings

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Date: Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 19, 2018 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public with admission to SDBG.
Event Details: This is an invitational exhibit of Contemporary Ink Painting curated by Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, a scholar of contemporary and traditional Asian art.

The reception will include painting demonstrations, a presentation by Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres on the direction of contemporary ink painting, refreshments, and more. Art will be for sale.

Gardens are places to explore the relationship between nature, culture and place. Over the centuries, Chinese, Japanese and Korean poets and artists have imbued a variety of plants and animals with auspicious meanings and scholarly virtues. Paintings and texts are inspired by the resilience and beauty of nature's flora and fauna. This exhibition presents a selection of contemporary ink paintings inspired by the evocative and emotive qualities of nature.

Portia will have five paintings in this show.
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Spring Ensemble Artists’ Reception photos

By Salon Post

Artist Master and pupil at her side.

Vanessa Elle Wilde and Portia La Touche at Hera Hub artists’ reception

We had a big turnout at the Spring Ensemble Artists’ Reception at Hera Hub Carlsbad last evening! Many good friends, many fellow artists, lots of Hera Hub members and general art lovers came for wine, cheese, talk about art, and buy art. I sold 5 paintings, so many, many thanks to my new Patrons for their patronage and support of the arts.

Few things are purchased for a lifetime. Art is.

Vanessa Elle Wilde, one of the other artists exhibiting at this Spring Ensemble exhibit, and I were interviewed by Hera Hub Owner, Lisane Basquiat, who I am honored is also one of my art Patrons. We were asked to discuss wh

Gordon Ma, Master Seal Carver

at inspires us, why we choose the mediums of art we work in, and what advice we could offer the audience in terms of pursuing our dreams. This interview was being videoed, so as soon as it is published, I will post the link here.