2016 Sacramento, CA “Animal House” Juried Exhibition

Acrylic on Canvas, 12x24", 2015

Acrylic on Canvas, 12×24″, 2015

As of Monday December 7th, my painting “Brothers” was accepted into a juried art show in SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA!! This is a dream come true for me as I have wanted to show in Sacramento for about 3.5 years now.

If you are in the Sacramento area in January, please stop by the gallery and visit the exhibit!


*** 11th Annual “Animal House: It’s a Zoo Out There” Exhibition” ***
  • Juried Fine Art Exhibition of Animal Themed Works
  • Where: Sacramento Fine Arts Center
    • 5330-B Gibbons Drive
    • Carmichael, CA 95608
  • When: January 5th – 30th, 2016
  • www.sacfinearts.org

Palouse Plein Air Competition 2015

I had so much fun participating in the Palouse Plein Air Competition this September in Moscow, Idaho!

I spent one week painting around the Palouse area where I live, and then submitted three paintings into the competition. Participating in this event really made me realize a love of painting plein air!! I want to continue painting outdoors, when the weather isn’t freezing!

My first painting was outside of the Palouse Trading warehouse in Palouse, WA. I did a project for them in early September at their warehouse, so I felt this was a perfect location for my first plein air! It was a quick painting, I worked until the evening, so had only an hour of sunlight. If you’re interested in learning more about Palouse Trading, visit them here: http://www.palousebrand.com/

The second painting I completed was of my favorite coffeeshop, Roost here in Pullman, WA. They are a small rustic coffeeshop with great coffee, homemade food and flavored syrups. I am a huge coffee lover, so this was for sure my ideal painting. It took about 3 hours, the weather was beautiful and the leaves had just started to fall. This artwork won the City of Moscow Purchase Award too! I am thankful for the opportunity for the City of Moscow, Id to own a piece of my artwork and to receive this award. https://www.facebook.com/RoostCoffeePullman

My final painting was done at the Architects of Air Pentalum Exhibit that the Washington State University Student Entertainment Board brought to campus. These are inflatable structures of light that you can walk through. They are just simply amazing! http://www.architects-of-air.com/


Be Square 2015 – Lewiston, Idaho

Recently, I participated in the Fourth Wall Art Gallery’s art challenge “Be Square”. I completed 12 paintings that are currently showing at the gallery in Lewiston, Idaho until December 18th for only $30 each! You can also order calendars from the gallery!

If you are interested in a calendar for $30, please contact the gallery at:

  • The Fourth Wall Art Studio and Gallery
  • 832 Main Street Lewiston, Idaho
  • (208) 743-9999

The Fourth Wall Art Gallery had a preview reception on Friday November 27th, then a large sale event the next day on Small Business Saturday November 28th. I did not attend because of the weather, it was very foggy and frosty/icy! I did not want to be driving in it.

I took a different turn on these art pieces. One half of the set was floral design paintings. I worked in a floral shop for 5 years through high school and early college. I miss it so much!! The other half, I explored quilt squares. Kyla Lakin - Be Square 2015

Nanea #2

This is the second portrait I have made of this sweet golden retriever Nanea 🙂 I delivered her painting a few weeks ago, and have been constantly working on many other projects (including Christmas orders!) since my last post. More to come soon. 🙂

NEW SHOW ADDED! Be Square Challenge in Lewiston, Idaho

This November I will be participating in The Fourth Wall Art Studio & Gallery’s “Be Square” Challenge! It is a challenge to make 12 8×8″ paintings in 14 days. These paintings will be sold for $30 each in the gallery on Saturday November 28th from 10-6pm only!

If there are any artworks remaining after the show, I will be posting them in my “Artwork for Sale” tab and posting them on Facebook. Expect those to be added early December if you cannot make it to the show in Lewiston.

*** Be Square Challenge***

New Show Added!! Palouse Plein Air 2015

Here is some quick information about a new upcoming plein air painting competition I am competing in this week! It is only 7 days long to create the artwork, and I will update as often as I can this week on Instagram and Facebook.

***Palouse Plein Air 2015***

  • A 7-day outdoor painting competition in the Palouse Region!  Artists will each exhibit 3 of their many paintings created on site, in various outdoor areas within a radius of 50 miles from Moscow, Idaho.
  • Competition Dates: September 19th-25th, All day in various locations
  • Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, September 25th, 5-8pm
    • Free and Open to Public
  • One Day Sale: Saturday, September 26th, 9am-12pm
  • Where: Pritchard Art Gallery
    • 414 South Main Street
    • Moscow, Idaho 83843
  • http://www.ci.moscow.id.us/arts/Pages/Plein-Air.aspx

Remembering Sawyer today 3/4/11-9/5/14

Today is a difficult day for me (even though I just got accepted into an art show!).

One year ago today, we had to help our family pup Sawyer cross the rainbow bridge. He was so young and the circumstances were terrible, but while I miss him so much, he is at peace now and doesn’t not have to deal with the restrictions and discrimination he faced. I am sure he is sprinting around, eating apples and bananas, stealing socks off people’s feet and chasing his indestructible kong ball (the only thing he couldn’t destroy). He had many nicknames including Soy, Soybean, and Monkey. He was a pillow stealer and bed hog; he would go to bed by your feet, but in the morning he would be spooning you and sharing your pillow. Miss you Sawyer! You will always be my protector and best friend and I learned so much from you sweet boy. Enjoy these photos of him and some artwork I made of him for my Senior BFA Exhibit in May for my degree.

Sawyer Cornelius Lakin

March 4th, 2011- September 5th, 2014

A new exhibit on the calendar!

"Blue Basset", 2015, 6x6", acrylic on canvas board

“Blue Basset”, 2015, 6×6″, acrylic on canvas board

"Orange Cat", 2015, 6x6", acrylic on canvas board

“Orange Cat”, 2015, 6×6″, acrylic on canvas board

A new exhibit is now added to my fall schedule!! Two of my paintings were chosen to show in the Compassion for Animals Art Exhibit in Sandpoint, Idaho September 18th-October 16th!!! WOHOO!! I am beyond excited to send my work up there. 20% of the sold works will be donated to 3 worthy animal non-profit organizations: The Panhandle Animal Shelter, Lifetime Friends Animal Sanctuary, and International Mercy for Animals.

The receptions are September 18th and 19th from 5:30-8:30pm.
The exhibit will be located at:
Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC Gallery)
302 N. First Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Christmas Card Sets Coming Soon!

I am in the process of creating 12 pen and ink drawings of animals in holiday themed outfits. These drawings will be printed on folding cards for you to purchase and use this holiday season! I will be updating images regularly on Instagram and pre-orders will be available in early October to ship at the end of October. Here are some of them so far:

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