Portrait of a Painter

Portrait of a Painter – Kimia Kasraie from Arnel Cayabyab on Vimeo.

It was a pleasure to be part of this production by Evocollective! Jason Cayabyab, Arnel Cayabyab, Nesthree Deleon and Nick Gammot captured some of my watercolor process and accompanied me to my booth at the Saratoga Rotary Art Show earlier this year. Enjoy!

Fur, Feathers, and Fins

Honored to have three of my pieces selected for Pacific Art League's "Fur, Feathers, and Fins" Exhibition.

Honored to have three of my pieces selected for Pacific Art League’s “Fur, Feathers, and Fins” Exhibition.

I was especially excited to find out that three of my pieces were selected for Pacific Art League’s “Fur, Feathers, and Fins” Exhibition by an artist I truly admire, Michael Azgour.

The Opening reception for the exhibition is on Friday, June 7th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Location: 227 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Will be very happy to see you there :)

Saratoga Rotary Art Show


I have been fortunate enough to participate in multiple shows this year, the most recent one being the “Saratoga Rotary Art Show” which is known as the “largest one-day juried show in the West”!

It was a very unique and educational experience for me since it was the first time I was fully involved in organizing a booth that displayed my own artwork since 1999! Nevertheless, it turned out to be a humbling and wonderful experience.

All the work that went into putting together the show would not have meant anything without the loving support of friends who attended the show and shared their enthusiasm about the event as well as their thoughts about my paintings.

The venue was very unique in that it hosted a large number of fine artists from across the country as well as skilled craftsmen, some of whom make a living on participating in similar venues year round.

It was a great learning experience for me, particularly because I was able to play the role of a host and was responsible for representing my work at the same time.

My work derives from a variety of subject matters and each piece has a story that sets it apart from the others. The diversity in subject matter, style, and mediums in my work was definitely a contributing factor of my decision to apply for this juried show as I was able to gather oil paintings plus watercolor and charcoal studies all in one space to showcase a small piece of my world with art enthusiasts in one day!

The show was a fantastic experience and one I hope to be able to repeat in the future :)

Breath of Spring (National Competition and Exhibition)

Honored to see my painting selected for Pacific Art League's "Breath of Spring" Exhibition in April, 2013

Honored to see my painting selected for Pacific Art League’s “Breath of Spring” Exhibition in April, 2013

I was honored to not only have my work selected for Pacific Art League’s next exhibition, “Breath of Spring”, but to see it on the postcard for the show.

The show was juried by George Rivera, the Executive Director and Senior Curator of the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.

Please join me for the reception on Friday, April 5th, 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Where: 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, CA

Hope to see you there :)

Paintings, Paintings, Paintings


I am honored to have my painting selected for Pacific Art Leagues juried exhibition titled, “Paintings, Paintings, Paintings” by Rachel Lazo this March.

The opening reception is held on Friday, March 1st, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

227 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Would love to see you there on Friday!

Pacific Art League Members Exhibition


If you happen to be in Palo Alto on Friday night (Feb 1st), please stop by the Pacific Art League at their new location:

227 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

For the opening reception of the Members Exhibition.

The event is from 5:30 to 8:00. (Feb 1st)

My painting, “Towards The Sun” and I will be there :)

The Show will end on Feb 22nd.

Art of The Spirit

“The Day Before The Wedding” Oil on Linen, 2012

Just heard the news that “The Day Before The Wedding” will be part of a Juried show in Mill Valley!

(Juror: Sharon Christovich, Mixed Media Artist and Owner, The Folk Art Gallery of San Rafael)

The reception for “Art of the Spirit” is Tuesday, Dec 4th from 6 to 8 pm and the show will end on Dec 26th.

Very honored to have my paintings accepted for five juried shows this year and extremely motivated to create and share more art in the coming year!

Hope to see you there!

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Optimism, Pessimism, Nihilism, Works!

I’m very excited to announce that my Self Portrait will be in an exhibition called, ” Optimism, Pessimism, Nihilism, Works!” in San Jose this November. The show opens on November 2nd, 7 – 10 pm and runs until the 17th.

Hope you get a chance to check out the show if you’re in the area!

365 South Market Street
Downtown San Jose, CA


Welcome to my blog! I’m very excited to finally start sharing my thoughts, experiences and discoveries here! My goal for creating this blog is to document my journey of becoming the best artist I can possibly be. I’m in search of answers to questions like: what does it mean to be an artist or to live as an artist in today’s world? Why would one decide to study art and how can an artist have a noticeable positive impact on the society s/he lives in? Also, is art even measurable?! I have many many opinions, strong beliefs and unanswered questions which I hope would make great topics for awesome debates! So internet, be prepared ;)