Life Support Japan – One Year Later.

It all started with a vision of a wall of water. I sat dumfounded. I couldn’t fathom what was unfolding in front of me as I watched the television. My beloved Japan under siege from natures forces.

Jun Masuda as Oyanagi, Matsuo Kabuki (c) Hiroshi Watanabe

Then came a phone call. Aline Smithson. We need to do something. I agreed. Life Support Japan. A community of artists came together in a matter of hours, days and in the following weeks, we made a difference. Over one thousand prints sold. We donated over fifty thousand dollars to help with medical and rebuilding assistance in the hardest hit areas in Japan.

We made a difference. We all felt as if we were working for a greater good. I cannot thank everyone enough for being part of this gargantuan effort.

From my tireless interns, Patrica Munoz, Melissa Leitch and Laina-Malm Levine. To my Dad, for coming up once a week to help me organize all the prints. To the LA contingent packing party, giving their entire day to ensure prints were packed, signed and delivered without issues. Thank you to the Santa Barbara Post office, for patiently getting through sometimes 250 envelopes at a time to all parts of the globe.

To the talented artists who gave their time and talents. Thank you.

Aline Smithson | Hiroshi Watanabe | Tom Chambers | Carl Corey | Joseph O. Holmes | Kerry Mansfield | Julie Blackmon | Jock Sturges | Chris Rauschenberg | Joni Sternbach  | David Burdeny | Ken Rosenthal | Lisa Robinson | Cynthia Greig | Bill Vaccaro | Suzanne Revy | Lori Nix | Jeffery Aaronson | Maria Louisa Morando | Angela Bacon Kidwell | Grace Weston | Gabriela Herman | Ruben Natal San Miguel | Susan Barnett | Honey Lazar | Emily Shur | Bootsy Holler | Manjari Sharma | Ann Cutting | Kevin Miyazaki | Lauren Henkin | Heidi Lender | Tami Bone | Elizabeth Opalenik | Rania Matar |John Chervinsky | Mitch Dobrowner | Carolyn Hampton | Shawn Records | Thomas Alleman | Beth Yarnelle Edwards | Lacy Terrell | Wyatt Gallery | Mary Ellen Bartley | Jay Tyrrell | Ron Reeder | Leah McDonald | Meggan Gould | Phil Toledano | Keith Johnson | Jamey Stillings | Lori Vrba | Gordon Stettinus & Terry Brown | David Bram | Melanie McWhorter | Marla Bane | Beth Moon | Gloria Baker Feinstein | Ann Palleson | Jessica Hines | S. Gayle Stevens | Allison V. Smith | Holly Andres | Caleb Cole | Michael Mazzeo | Cornelia Hediger | Susan Kae Grant | Kendall Messick | Jane Fulton Alt | Steven Beckly | Loren Nelson | Russell Joslin | Michael Kirchoff | Sarah Hadley | Stella Kalaw | Suzy Livingstone | Thomas Krueger | Bob Douglas | Sheri Lynn Behr | Gabe Sheen | Diane  Meyer | Ron Resnick | Liz Lantz | Jane Paradise | Dan Shepard | Christy Karpinski | Patricia Houghton Clarke | Randall J. Corcoran | Linda Plaisted | Loli Kantor | Jonas Yip | Sara Jane Boyers | Jennifer Henriksen | Siri Kaur | Bill Chapman | Ellen Jantzen | Majorie Salvaterra | Mindy Vessid | Kirk Crippens | Christopher Paquette | Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin | BJ + Richeille Formento | Ray Carns | Helen K. Garber | Shea Naer | Fred Bonilla | Alex Lindus | Desiree Edkins | Jade Doskow | Neta Dror | Cat Gwynn | Ashley Stohl | Karen Florek | William Greiner | Ian Van Coller | Rachel Wolfe | Steve Davis | Luis Delgado | Kyohei Abe | Kate Pollard | Cyrus Karimipour | Rafael Soldi | Virginia Wilcox | Meg Birnbaum | Noelle Swan Gilbert | Malu Alvarez | Loretta Ayeroff | Mona Miri | Rachel Barrett | Danae Falliers | Ann George | Jonathan Blaustein | Peggy Washburn | Meg Madison | Carol Watson | Satoru Murata | Monika Merva | John Bridges | Richard Benari Treitman | Peter Politanoff | Andy Schmitt | Carolyn Beller | Walter Beckham | Kurt Jordan | Aaron Lee Fineman  | Kevin Twomey | David Gardner | Charlie Grosso | Jay Fine | Brian Kosoff | Arslan Ahmedov | Jenhao Yeh | Renato Grome | Galina Kurlat | Zelda Zinn | Shay McAtee | Tina Schelhorn | Charlotte Watts | Alex Leme | Max Hirschfield | Michelle Bates | Peyman Azhari | Erika Gentry | Susan DeWitt | Ellie Brown | Ann Mitchell | Dana Fritz | Sari Goodfriend | Douglas Ljungkvist | Matthew Yates & Rosanna Salonia | Mike Gibson | Aixa Caldera | Maura Brennan | Katie Shapiro | Hugh Hamilton | Alison Fechtel | Alan Gastelum | Alan Wentworth | Ann Kendellen | Justyna Badach | Danielle Kelly | Erin McGuire | Cynthia Wood | Mike Arnspiger | Adrian Davis | Jon Kaplan | Richard Benari | John Chakeres | Annie Van Avery | David Ondrik | Gil Garcetti | Susan May Tell | Anne Berry | Roberta Murray | Elizabeth Newman Kuiper | Deborah Parkin | Rikki Reich | Sarah LaVigne | Eric Cousineau | Marian Crostic | Rick Dahms | Tamar Levine | Doug McGoldrick | Bonnie Borthwick | Renee Jacobs | Rachel Phillips | Catherine Singer | Kyle Peterson | Heidi Romano | Tim Best | Warren Harold | Ange Fitzgerald | Diane Peterson | Ivo Rafailov | Rose Lynn Fisher | Claudia Danielson | Eddie Soloway | Billy Hunt | Phillip Streibe | Mike Hipple | Jurgen Vogt | Martin Cox | Greg Miller | Andy Mars | Britney Anne Majure | Mary Ann Lynch | Kate Peters | Robbie Kaye | Julia Kuskin | Danica Kus | Rebecca Palmer | Mariette Pathy Allen | Andrew Querner | Mark Luscombe- Whyte | Deb Schwedhelm | Claire Mallett | Liese Ricketts | Liz Huston | Elenora Ronconi | Don Whitebread | Charley Star | Deanna Foran | Jin Zhu | John Nichols | Chere Pafford | Margaret Stratton | Morgan Hargar | Andrea Mills | Lisa Uesugi | John Martin | Gina Uhlmann | Brian Morrison | Eva Timothy | Phillip Pacheco | Lori Pond | Rick Sanborn | Jami Saunders | Cole Robertson | Eva Wallenberg | Craig Huber | Nicole Dement | Adrienne Defendi | Tony Dolezal | Dina Kantor | Shawna Gibbs | Sparky Campanella | Brad Buckman | Brooke Slezak | Scott Houston | Xavier Gomez | Dan Gerber | Jenny Sampson | Forest McMullin | Ian Whitmore | Charlotte Niel | Ann Rhoney | Suzanne Camarata | Amy Eckert | Sharon White | Stewart Weir | Bob Packert | Carol Isaak | Lucas Lai | Susan Berger | Neha Luhar-Trice | Christopher Trice | Laurie McCormick | Carrie Crow | Carli Davidson | Jake Price | Jeanne Vanderploeg | Stephani Diani | Francesca Phillips | Toshiharu Jobon | Walter Garcia | Stephen Rood | Deborah Dombrowski | Kara Fox | Alan Fishleder | Jamie Johnson | Zoran Milosavljevic | Joan Perlman |

It has been a humbling experience. Not only in the scale of our effort, but in the response, as well as our ability to do good.

I know that in some way, we helped to change lives, to help a nation start to recover, and to keep moving forward.

To everyone associated with this project. Thank you.

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4 thoughts on “Life Support Japan – One Year Later.

  1. As an insider to the process, I know that you worked day and night for weeks to make this happen. Your tireless efforts galvanized a community and as a whole made us work together to aid those in need. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Congratulations on the great success of the project. I was pleased to be part of the effort, and many friends told me how impressed they were with your contribution of time and energy.

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