SHIRLEY’S Batik on silk, 20”x 16” May 2020
I rarely do commissions for portraits unless I know the subject personally. Her daughter-in-law, Debbie, asked me to paint Shirley's portrait as a birthday gift to her husband, George. I have frequented several of the Shirley's restaurants over the years, enjoying her excellent shrimp fried rice among other delicious dishes for which she was well-known. I had met her a few times but didn't know her personally. Portraits are so subjective, I feel I have to know the person in order to portray a bit of their personality. Debbie shared many photos of Shirley and talked about her life and aspects of her personality that she felt were important. Through our conversations, I was impressed with the accomplishments of this woman. After making a few sketches based on photographs, Debbie agreed that I had captured her look and personality, so I proceeded with the painting. Debbie was thrilled with the result, and kindly sen…
This was a presentation to our
departing Consul General of Japan, Izumi Seki, from the Nikkei
Association of Guam during a reception for her at Government House on
January 27, 2020. She was instrumental in suggesting to Monica Guzman
that the Museum should exhibit Judy’s art retrospective, Visualizing
History- the Art of Judy Flores. The art is a print of the large
entrance piece, Guinahan I Isla-ta (Riches Of Our Island) owned by Dr.
Roger Kaneshiro. It was Consul-General Seki’s favorite piece.