Soundkeepers Are Here

People have asked what are “Soundkeepers”. Well, for now, they are the collection of portraits that I have produced.

Anyways, I had focused on creating content using my social media channels, mainly via Instagram to connect with my colleagues and friends, but now that my website is up and running properly, I will posting my content here. Please follow me on my social media channels and be notified when I add new content here. You can also get on my exclusive email list from my secure contact page.

What’s New?

My Stories are updated frequently, often talking about my completed paintings or cool painting experiences—such as the time that I was invited to paint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy a painting by Caravaggio!

On Figurative Art

The term, Figurative Art, has been used to differentiate art that is derived from the real world when compared to abstract art.

It’s also important to note that my works are not Photorealism–artists reproduce paintings as realistic as possible from photos.

Our views are influenced by what we observe and see. Being surrounded by people–and paintings of them–from all around the world is a reminder of how diverse and beautiful our world really is. I invite you to follow me on Instagram (@jesoundkeepers) to see my portrait paintings.

Artist Statement

All day I dream about painting Soundkeepers. They are the main subjects in the collection of portraits and figurative paintings that I have produced. I have thought of Soundkeepers long ago, and they are no longer just a figment of my imagination, but now a physical collection of paintings.

We live in a world where we are connected to one another digitally: we text our loved ones; we see them through a small window on our phones–but, we are often physically disconnected. I paint portraiture to help me reconnect with the physical world in a meaningful way, while looking for ways to rewire digital experience so the physical works and representations can be better searched and found.

Notable Exhibitions

Northern Manhattan – Uptown Treasures: Past & Present

NoMAA Gallery – 4140 Broadway & 176th St

On view June 11 – September 5

Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 1-5pm (excluding holidays)

New York
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd Floor
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Feb 13—18, 2023

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

Uptown Art Stroll

Northern Manhattan’s Annual Art Festival

Group Exhibition
May 2020


Exhibited 3 paintings along with the works by artists below.

Group Exhibition
Saturday, October 12, 2019, Noon to Midnight

Links to known artist websites that I managed to find.

Lee Vasu, Janet Cook, Billy Seccombe, JeMichael BergtPatricia WatwoodVincent GiarranoJohn WellingtonTyler HughesSusan LizotteGulsum KeskinogluEvan GoldmanNicole AlgerKristinaViorica Ghetu-VuonoSherri WolfgangStefano Losi, Anthony Giordano, Francis Nguyen, Doug Wheeler, Jason Fox, Shannon McDonald, Elena Zlotescu, John Poblocki, Michael Raucheisen, Kathleen McSherry, Czashka Ross, Michelle Saiyed, Hipolyt Jazwiski, and Sakshi Talwar,

RED DOT Winner Exhibition

Group Exhibition
August 3 – December 31, 2020

The Art Students League of New York

Group Exhibition
May 2020

Painting from Life


Exhibited my paintings along with the works from talented artists. For detail, visit DACIA GALLERY

Group Exhibition
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Many of my portraits that were painted from life are now on sale through a secure website. There are only limited supply of original paintings, so get them while they last. — I have been uploading additional works here starting in July 2020.