“Resonance-Extended” Anka Gallery First Thursday

Tonight is the First Thursday Art Walk in Portland, Oregon. I have a couple paintings in a group show at Anka Gallery. The show runs January 1, 2011 until January 28, 2011.



This January The Anka Gallery is proud to extend the Resonance exhibit with additional new works by 25 local artist and designers.
First Thursday Opening
January 6th, 2011
6:00 to 10:00

JParadisi in Anka Gallery Benefit Show First Thursday December 3, 2009

NW 13th & Marshall (2003) by JParadisi oil on canvas

Ravens (2005) by JParadisi oil on canvas

     I’ve contributed two oil paintings to the December group show at Anka Gallery. Anka Gallery is located in the Everett Street Lofts in Portland’s Old Town Neighborhood. Portions of the sales proceeds will be donated to P:ear and Outside In.

     Ravens (on the Eastbank Esplanade) was featured in the spring 2007 continuing education Pacific Northwest College of Art catalog. NW 13th & Marshall is part of the Greetings from Slabtown series mentioned in a spring 2009 blog post by Sylvia Foley.

     Come by Anka on First Thursday, listen to music, celebrate the holidays, and purchase some great art to help homeless youth in Portland.

First Thursday Opening 

December 3rd 2009
6 – 10pm
Show will run through first of January.
Anka Gallery
325 NW 6-th Ave
Portland, Or 97209


The Art of Nursing and Non Attachment

"Department of Washington" collaborated by Artists John Graeter & Anna King

"Dept. of Washington" collaboration by Artists John Graeter & Anna King

     Last night was First Thursday in Portland, and David and I made the rounds in the Old Town Neighborhood at Everett Street Lofts. We particularly went to see Anna S. King’s and John Graeter’s shows at The Anka Gallery, and to congratulate our friend Brian, who opened the new Tribute Gallery, also at Everett Street Lofts. 

   I ran into a lot of friends while gallery hopping, including an artist with whom I got into a discussion about the Buddhist concept of non attachment. He told me he occasionally used to take a small painting or art work he had made, one he particularly liked, light it on fire in his driveway, and watch the flames consume it. He said he did it to remind himself that the outcome of his effort didn’t belong to him, and to let go of it.

   His words resonated within me, and this morning, my on-line horoscope corroborated with this piece of advice:

“Caring about the outcome of the situation doesn’t mean that you need to throw yourself into it headfirst.”

     It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn, especially as a nurse.  I have a tendency to push my own limits when it comes to advocating for a patient, but in the past, not so much for myself. This means that I have very little difficulty going toe-to-toe with a doctor, surly ER nurse, or ancillary department to meet the needs of my patient. However, in the past, I would ignore my own needs on the same busy unit in which I was advocating for my patients. I would ignore that I had worked hard over six hours without a break, let alone lunch. I could hold urine in my bladder until I forgot that I needed to use a restroom. I could work extra hours or shifts on nights until I couldn’t remember how I drove home the next morning.

     I did this along with my colleagues, in the name of patient care,  for years, until one day, my body told me I had to stop, or it would.

     I was forced to reevaluate my priorities. I realized that sacrificing my health is not a requirement for taking care of others.

     But it is hard to reject the culture of nursing, which deeply embeds into its initiates the lie that if I take a lunch break, and something happens to my patient during that half hour, or  ten minute bathroom break, it’s my fault. The illogical belief that a patient’s ultimate outcome depends on my constant presence.

     Administration cannot change that culture for us, we have to do it ourselves. We have to support one another by working together as a team in our units.

     I have worked in units that have successfully changed this culture. It can be done. But we have to do it for ourselves.

J.Paradisi in “One more than four” at Anka Gallery July 2nd-30th

Lung Ta   mixed media on vellum by J.Paradisi

Lung Ta mixed media on vellum by J.Paradisi

Anka Gallery, 325 NW 6th Ave. Portland, Oregon, 97209

   Anka Gallery exhibits a group show in July featuring digital art by Nance Patemoster, sculpture by James Proctor, glass art by DonnaLaPlante, and paintings by Sarah Cosman and Julianna Paradisi. First Thursday Reception July 2nd 6pm-9pm.The show runs through July 30th.

   Julianna’s paintings in this exhibit explore the boundary between figurative and conceptual imagery by abbreviating her subject into ambiguous and sometimes dissolving forms. She asks the viewer, how much information is required for understanding? Painted on vellum, the translucency of the paper creates layers, which contribute to the metaphor of comprehension.

Joe on the Go: Fox 12 Oregon Covers the Chair Affair

resurrection-chair-2009-007Joe on the Go  from Fox 12  Oregon has a video spot featuring Portland’s Community Warehouse and it’s upcoming fundraiser,

The Chair Affair. Click on


to see the video.

The Chair Affair, Benefitting Portland’s Community Warehouse

I found this article and it’s reproduced it here. I’ll have more information about the Chair Affair and photos of my chair, in upcoming posts. — February 24, 2009 — Walking into Kristy Wood’s office, you’ll notice an abundance of chairs. In addition to the dozen mismatched cast-offs surrounding a large conference table, there’s another dozen along one wall, stacked three rows deep, each one with it’s own name, and personality. And more chairs are on the way.”Welcome to my world,” jokes Wood, executive director of Community Warehouse in NE Portland, as she surveys the crowded room. “Aren’t they fantastic?”The chairs Wood is referring to are the main attraction for Community Warehouse’s annual fundraising event, the “Chair Affair” slated for April 23rd at Staver Locomotive in NW Portland. Over the past few months, ordinary seats plucked from the Warehouse’s inventory of donated goods were transformed into works of art by 80 local artists, who used painting, weaving, sculpting, and welding to make their signature pieces.

Julianna Paradisi is one of more than 30 artists returning to the event this year. She loves the “grassroots feel” of the Community Warehouse, which relies on a small staff and many volunteers to supply more than 65 households a week with free furniture and basic household goods. “How can you not support an organization like that?” says Paradisi, who chose to rebuild a small wooden chair using driftwood from the Willamette River.

The “Chair Affair” is a family affair for first year participant Ann Munson, who recruited her son, Andy, and daughter-in-law, Jenny, to create three, unique pieces of art.

“When I heard about the event from a Warehouse volunteer, I knew I had to get involved,” remarked Munson, a professional artist who works out of her greenhouse in West Linn. Stating that she works best under pressure, Munson is still torn between sprucing up an old armchair with paint and collage, or creating a peacock planter from a vintage steel chair.

Finished chair projects are due to the Warehouse by March 5th, and will be displayed during the month of April at the Anka Gallery in NW Portland, and at Mario’s downtown. The auction event is open to the public, and tickets for $50.00 can be purchased through the Community Warehouse, 503-274-4750.


The Community Warehouse, located at 2267 N. Interstate, is a nonprofit organization that partners with over 90 local social service agencies to distribute free furniture and basic household items to 65 households in need each week. Donations are accepted seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Attached Media Files: ChairAff.Release2.docx

Courage in Winter

It’s February and one of my orchids decided to bloom anyway. I appreciate this, because it sits on the windowsill, without special treatment. Maybe it doesn’t want to be shown up by the Christmas cactus.

J.Paradisi photo February 3, 2009

J.Paradisi photo February 3, 2009

Photographs of the Chinese Garden

Photo by J.Paradisi

Photo by J.Paradisi 2009

Photo by J.Paradisi 2009

Photo by J.Paradisi 2009

     Yesterday I participated in a Chinese New Year Art Walk led by Brian and Nancy.  Our group toured Portland’s Chinatown, which I learned was chronologically preceded by Japantown.  Racial bias created laws against further immigration of  Chinese workers brought into the United States for the purpose of building the Rail Roads, which led to the hiring of Japanese workers instead, and in Portland, some settled into what is now known as Old Town.  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese in the U.S. faced national prejudice, and they were compelled to sell their homes and businesses before their forced internment in camps.  Many sold their businesses to the Chinese families that they themselves had replaced, and Portland’s Chinatown was born. For more information, I recommend visiting the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland, Or. www.oregonnikkei.org

     Another stop on the tour was Portland’s classic Chinese Garden, NW 3rd & Everett, Portland, Oregon.  They have many activities planned from January 26 (today) through February 8, 2009 in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the OX.  Visit www.portlandchinesegarden.org for their full calendar of events. While there, I received a Chinese Red Envelope, the traditional gift of good fortune for the New Year (don’t we all need one of those right now?) and a free Chinese fortune too. Best of all, the sun was out, the garden sparkled like a jewel, and I tried out the new camera David gave me for Christmas.

Leaves gathered like small fish in the pond. J.Paradisi 2009

Leaves gathered like small fish in the pond. J.Paradisi 2009


An Interview with J.Paradisi

What medium(s) do you work in?

     Primarily, I paint. I’ve exhibited work in sculpture, collage, and knitted wire. I dabble at printmaking.  And, I’m a writer. I choose the medium during the artistic process, based on a call and response from the concept I’m working with.

Please describe the connection of your work as a nurse and an artist: how did you become inspired to start expressing themes from your nursing work in your art?

     I’m an artist who earns her living as as a nurse. I look to convergence, irony, transformation, and the ephemeral for themes and healthcare is a goldmine of these topics. In twenty-two years of nursing, I’ve developed skills of observation that are necessary for nurses and artists. As a pediatric nurse, many of my small patients were voiceless, and an ability to read body language and facial expression was as crucial to an accurate assessment as reading vital signs.  I’ve found that working with adult patients is not much different. Many want to avoid hospitalization, or bothering me, and often answer “how are you doing?”  with “Fine”, when I can clearly read fatigue or pain on their faces.  I find they appreciate that I pay that sort of attention to them. An artist needs the same level of observational

"Supplant" J.Paradisi 2008

"Supplant" J.Paradisi 2008

 skills to reveal truth in their art. Leonardo DaVinci saw the connection between health science and art. It wasn’t until much later in art history that the two seemed to become polarized.

How long have you been in Old Town Chinatown? How did you come to be a part of the neighborhood?

     Last winter I unexpectedly needed to relocate my studio. My husband found this one in the Goldsmith Blocks on Craig’s List, and I moved in mid-January 2008.

What do you like best about being in the neighborhood?

     The people I’ve met. There’s a lot of support for artists. I also love rarely needing a car. Growing up on Catalina Island, I knew everyone and walked everywhere. Old Town provides me with the same sense of community I had back then.

Who are some other artists that you work with? What do you like best about their work?

     Morgan Pasinski and Matt Condron are two in our Collective. Morgan’s oil paintings are elegant in their nostalgic simplicity. When you look closer, her surfaces are distinctive, varying from transparent and glass-like, to so textural that I have to keep myself from touching them.

     Matt’s paintings create a psychological environment, luring me into the image. I marvel at his flawless surfaces of nearly invisible brushstrokes.

When/where will your work be displayed this spring?

     I have paintings on rotating display at Pearl District Dental, 1211 NW Glisan, and in April, I  participate in the annual Chair Affair, benefitting Portland’s Community Warehouse

     New Lives: Nurses’ Stories about Babies, includes my short stories Icarus Again and Voyagers. The book is currently available for preorder on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Target. I believe it is available locally at Powell’s, following its release in May 2009.