Moving Forward

Altar of Clarity Digital Collage by Hoshi Hana

Title: Altar of Clarity

It’s not easy to hold down a full time teaching job and then come home to work on art projects but I’m about to turn 50 so I figure it’s time to make a larger commitment to my art practice. Today I joined the Asian American Women’s Art Association. I also submitted some artwork (including The Altar of Clarity at left) and a proposal to a show they will be producing next year themed around the work of Yuri Kochiyama. Kochiyama, became famous for a photograph in Time magazine of herholding Malcolm X’s head as he lay dying at the Audubon Ballroom in 1965. The image has always haunted and inspired me because she was the first Japanese American woman activist I had ever seen or heard of. There she was, right there with Malcolm X, being his friend and colleague, supporting his cause for justice in the last tragic moments of his life, telling him to “stay alive!” Now given an opportunity to participate in an artshow devoted to one of my greatest Sheros, I really hope to be able to participate. Regardless, of whether or not my work is accepted, I feel like this is a good step in a positive direction, to get artwork out into the world and to join forces with a proactive group of women who are organizing to empower Asian American women artists.

To view the image I mention above, here is a link from Time magazine. Be forewarned, it is incredibly graphic:

Here is a link to the Asian American Women’s Art Association site:

Happy 4th of July!

Independence Day! What a great thing to celebrate. The independence of a nation and freedom for its’ people!

Hope you and your family enjoy a great relaxing summer holiday.  Here’s an image symbolizing freedom of the soul I created with Kim Jordan. Another collaboration created for her work at Emerge Inner Life Coachingemerge-LIBERTY. Enjoy!








Collaboration with Emerge Inner Life Coaching

I’ve been working with Kim Jordan, owner of Emerge Inner Life Coaching to create images for her website and social media. This new image is for the promotion of a Meet Up group she is facilitating in North Carolina. The concept behind the image was to show how participants will join each other in a nature setting, and then find a quiet space to meditate. They will then capture their mediation experience in their journals by writing poetry and sharing it with the group afterward. Can you see the little journal at the foot of the rock the person is sitting upon? Isn’t it cute?

We have been working together to create a universal green person that could represent a human being in multiple arrays of experience. The images are meant to be playful.
You can check out more of the images we’ve come up with at Kim’s website:
Here is a link to Kim’s Meet Up page:

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Universal green person meditating in the middle of an enchanted forest. Enjoying the present moment. A journal at their side.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Click on the link above to check out a new animation I created for Valentine’s!
This is a recent animated gif I designed for Emerge Inner Life Coaching. It’s about being sure to love yourself because
it’s an essential step to being to share love with others. Hope you enjoy this day with much love for yourself and others!

Love, Hoshi Hana <3