Two of the pieces that I submitted to the 2015 Exposition of Awarded Artwork were given special recognition by the Juror.  Here is the Press Release that was sent out:

Artist MARIAN YAP of PACIFICA, CALIFORNIA has received TWO Special Recognition Awards in the “2015 Exposition of Awarded Artwork WWW International” hosted by Upstream People Gallery of Omaha, Nebraska.  This international exhibition received approximately 225 art entries from around the world and 24 artists were selected by the Juror Laurence Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U.S.A.

Professor Bradshaw states the following about this specially recognized work:

Marian Yap of Pacifica, CA has achieved a fresh abstract level of expression.  Her “Float”, “Going to the Gypsy” and “Strata” all show a kind of softness and sense of orchestration fine tuned.  And her “Male Figure” and “Stillness” with figurative qualities are quite strong in the manner of her sensitive painting technique.

Following is an artist’s statement about this specially recognized artwork:

“My monotype, MALE FIGURE, was created and printed at IL BISONTE STUDIO in Florence, Italy, using non toxic inks.  The figurative work of California artist, Manuel Neri, was inspiration for this piece and I am pleased with the recognition that MALE FIGURE has received.

STILLNESS is a painting that evolved through several stages on the canvas before the final image emerged.  I hope that it conveys some mystery and fascination to the viewer.”

The exhibition will be featured online during November 2015 at and will continue indefinitely in the archives section of the website.

Laurence Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus of Art/Curator, The Upstreamers,, Upstream People Gallery, 5607 Howard Street, Omaha, NE 68106-1527 U.S.A.





Not too long ago I read “10% Happier” by Dan Harris.  He described his journey after deciding to make meditation a part of his life –  and I was very impressed with what he had to say.  This was his personal experience that he shared with the world and after reading it I decided that I would start a practice of meditation myself.  For a few months I did a daily meditation then stopped for a while but have now started anew.

I began a new series of paintings about meditation and here are two that I have completed so far.

   Breathe In, Breathe Out – Acrylic on 12″ x 12″ canvas

Breathe In, Breathe Out

  Walking Meditation – Acrylic/Oil Stick on 12″ x 12″ canvas


Here are two more of the 5″ x 5″ Pacifica inspired paintings that I just finished.



It’s getting closer – the Peninsula Chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art will be showing the work of over 20 artist members at the Coastal Arts League Gallery and Museum in Half Moon Bay, CA, opening on August 21.

The work of these artists is guided by the theme of BOUNDARIES and is expected to be diverse, thoughtful, and possibly provocative.  I am co-curating the exhibit with Deanna Taubman and we have planned a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 22, 5 – 7PM.

The exhibit opens on August 21 thru September 20.


Several of my small abstract paintings have been consigned to Yonder Shop, a gallery on 158 Reina Del Mar, in the Vallemar district of Pacifica.  Here is a statement I provided for these paintings:

Living in Pacifica for several decades has had a strong influence on my artwork – the many moods of the sea, the sky that changes from the clearest blue to gray and threatening, and fog that softens the edges of the landscape. 

Winter storms bring waves crashing onto the sandy beaches and the rocky shore, while creating the greenest of hillsides.

These small abstract paintings are snapshots of my observations.

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These are examples of the 5″ x 5″ acrylic/mixed media paintings on gallery wrapped canvas that are available at Yonder Shop.  Stop by and take a look.

My painting, OCHIBA – Fallen Leaves, will be shown in the WCA Peninsula Chapter’s SEASONS OF LIFE exhibit at the Peninsula Art Institute Gallery, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, along with 15 other member artists. The exhibit opens on November 20 and runs through January 4, 2015, with a reception on Saturday, December 6, 1-4PM.
Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 11AM-5PM. This event is free and open to the public.
My painting, OCHIBA -Fallen Leaves, is one in my Haiku Threads series, and is accompanied by a haiku poem that I had written:
  autumn shadow of my shadow
  I need a second life


This monotype was printed at KALA Institute and was shown in Los Angeles at an exhibit during their 2010 conference.  It was purchased from the Coastal Arts League tonight.  The actual image size is 4″ x 6″ and the framed size is 9″ x 12″.  Permafrost2 (2)

The Peninsula chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art presents a group exhibit of artwork with the theme of WATER.


The painting I selected for this exhibit is “Ancient Sea Bed”, acrylic/mixed media on 40″ x 30″ gallery wrapped canvas priced at $ 800.

Here is my statement:  Our earth and seas are constantly changing with the land and water shifting their boundaries over time.  Many millions of years ago there was a large inland sea in North America.  It was a vast shallow sea, filled with abundant marine life including reptiles, birds, sharks and enormous fish and other invertebrates.  My painting, Ancient Sea Bed, is my abstract representation of that past.



It’s always nice to get recognition for your work!  The exhibit is over and the painting is available for sale.  I’m very fond of this painting – it is acrylic/mixed media on 40″ x 30″ gallery wrapped canvas.



One:       My painting, “Going To The Gypsy”, is being shown at Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland, CA, as part of a group show DISCONNECT.  The exhibit will run through July 19, 2014.

Gallery Hours
Fridays, 12-6 pm
Saturdays 11am – 5 pm
First Fridays 12-9 pm
And by Appointment 510/835-2626

Two:     Three of my paintings were juried into the WEST PAINT exhibit at Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.  The exhibit runs through June 26, 2014.  This is the opening exhibit after an extensive remodel of the historical building and galleries.  The three paintings are “Strata”,  “Gemini’s Twin”,  and “Stillness” – all acrylic on canvas.

Three:   My painting, “Silent Snow”, was recently sold from the Coastal Arts League Gallery to a couple from the East Bay.  This was an acrylic/mixed media painting on paper.

I am still doing paintings for my Haiku Threads series and have also done several mixed media paintings on paper that I will post at another time.  All of the paintings listed above are available for sale and many of my Haiku Threads paintings are showing at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.  As always, I invite you to visit my website

Acrylic on Canvas 20" x 24"

Going To The Gypsy






Gemini's Twin

Gemini’s Twin


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