New Jersey based artist Donna Payton is this week’s guest blogger for our Artist as Collector Series.
Corner of the Midnight Dream
acrylic on wood panel 
9″ x 6″ (23cm x 15cm)

I met Jun’ichiro Ishida when we were both doing an artist’s residency at Vermont Studio Center several years ago.  He is a very interesting artist from Japan living and working in Brooklyn with his wife, a talented jewelry artisan.  Besides his work consisting of a modern interpretation of gorgeous traditional Japanese landscapes, I was drawn to his big smile and friendly manner.  He had a book on Buddhism in his studio at the center and we began talking. We have stayed in touch through email, as well as going to shows and openings together. 

Jun’s piece is so uplifting and beautiful. He designed my first website (which he is also excellent at). Jun recently took the train to visit me in my studio. I am purchasing another of his small works to hang by this one. Jun is working on it right now. 

Donna Payton is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist living and working in New Jersey. 
Her sculpture Color Code Cone with a sound piece with computer generated music by her son, Jason Rosenstein, coming from the cone. It will be included in a show called Noise at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ,  September 2013-  January 2014.  

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