San Mateo County History Museum Map Show 2011 & 2012
The entire project was 36 feet long by 4 feet 3/4'' high. Four of the panels fit in between the marble columns. There are a total of five panels. The map represents all the cities and towns of San Mateo County and their corresponding national landmarks. Three panels show the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula and two show the coastal towns bordering the Pacific Ocean. Shown on the map are: forty national landmarks, three airports, boat harbors, boats, bridges, freeways, highways, farms, cafes, (bakeries, restaurants, stores and businesses that have existed over forty years), animals, parks, schools, train stations, people and local flora and fauna. The following year, the city of San Mateo was awarded Rand Mc Nally's award for the best city in America with the most diverse of restaurants. The show ran from 2011 to 2012. It garnered thousands of people viewing it.
This is a photo detailing the area around Oracle and Redwood Shores.
This is a photo of an earlier version of one panel of the map before I drew all the streets and roads on it.
San Francisco Landmarks and Parks Map
This map is meant to be viewed flat. It shows all the parks and dog parks, about 95% of all the streets and avenues of San Francisco and famous landmarks. Yerba Buena Island and the Bay Bridge are in the left corner of the map. The indigenous plants and trees of the island are drawn with attention to foliate structure. On a separate piece of watercolor paper, I drew: dogs, cats, the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, the bison and horses of Golden Gate Park, seals. animals at the SF Zoo, tourists, pedestrians, food trucks, cars, stop lights and cable cars. They were cut out and individually placed on top of the map.
The streets of San Francisco are not drawn in straight lines. I drew them according to my memory of the curvature that is created going up and down San Francisco's numerous hills. When the map is viewed flat, the buildings appear vertical and the streets look like hills.
Angel of Paris
This is an oil painting of the foundress of Notre Dame de Namur, Sister Julie Billiard. She created the first woman's school in France and helped widows and orphans at a time in history when their basic needs were overlooked. I superimposed the constellations of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
This is a pen and watercolor drawing of Stanford campus as it looked during the month of May 2015. Today, Lake Lagunita has been drained of its' water and is now a grassy field. In this map it is watercolored blue. It used to be a lake with sailboats and windsurfers. The Pacific Ocean is in the horizon. This view would only be visible in a low flying plane. I chose this birds eye view because visitors from all over the World often have no idea how close in proximity Stanford is to the Pacific Ocean.
Japanese Screen Map
This is a Japanese screen map that I made according to the authentic byobu style. All the panels were sawn by hand and every side and corner was sanded so there are no sharp edges. The screen is void of nails. It is hinged with rice paper. There are three layers of rice paper applied to each panel. During the Edo period, the samurai would use byobu screens as a wind block. The river and clouds are plated in gold.
The project was made as an international relations project between San Mateo, California and Toyonaka, Japan. Since the three recipients were: the mayor, the chief of police and the president of the baseball commission, the US version of our building structures depicting city hall, the police station and the baseball field are enlarged. I combined traditional Japanese painting, as seen in the foreground water, American illustration and free hand map drawing in pencil of downtown San Mateo. The streets, roads and avenues are adobe colored.
Hand Engraved Map
This United States international relations map is permanently displayed in the Council Chambers at the new Toyonaka City Hall. It is made of clear 3/4" plexiglass with aquatinted sides. I hand engraved Bay Area landmarks into the plexiglass with a diamond blade because it provided the most detail and precision. These photos were taken with the map resting on top of a mahogany table, hence the brown background. The final project was flown by a city official and installation was supervised to include a string of LED lights on the top. When the lights are turned on, the map image becomes 3 dimensional. The El Camino bells are shown receding into the distance toward San Francisco. The Japanese Tea Garden is in the center of the map.
Adobe Illustrator Map
This computer map was made to accompany the plexiglass engraved map. It visually explains where local landmarks and highways and bridges are located.
This part represents Crystal Springs Reservoir. I included pollen blowing in the wind over the lake, native cat tail plants, fish and birds that frequent the lake.
Pocket size foldable maps
These maps were custom made for visiting Japanese ambassadors. I created the maps to bridge the language barrier gap and clearly show where areas that interested them are located. The maps are individually hand drawn, watercolored and sewn together.
The maps are sturdy because they are drawn and painted on thick watercolor paper. I was able to create a perfect folded edge by hand making a wood tool out of a Sitka Spruce branch. They double as a fan and a double sided picture map book. There is a side pocket that holds the map in place when it is put in a pocket while walking.
The maps can also be folded to make a light shade. When a lightbulb is lit inside, the map screen gives off a glow.
The compass rose shows Alaskan animals that live in the Kenai Peninsula. Clockwise from the top are: bear, male moose, eagle with a salmon, wolf, bear with a salmon, female moose, eagle and a Beluga whale.
Whales of Alaska
Map of Cook Inlet, Alaska on the fish barn wall
This is what happens when I have free time in-between fishing, cleaning fish and sweeping the floor.
Trees of San Mateo Central Park
I made this simple map in Adobe Illustrator. Each colored dot symbol represents the location and type of rare and fascinating tree that is in the park.
My Own Day
Thank you to the City of San Mateo for awarding a day named after me. It is an honor I never dreamed was possible and I am so humbled to have been given this.