On View In The Islands

Jason Teraoka's paintings, like the one above, are done in gouache, an opaque water-based paint, and "lots of ink." They sell for $100 apiece.

Stress relief

Creating art keeps Jason Teraoka's psyche in order. It functions as an outlet to vent his emotions and helps him sort the world's craziness. It has given him discipline, and brings structure to his daily life. Art is Teraoka's direct line to himself.

His latest body of work, "breakfastlunchanddinner with Jason Teraoka," a collection of 78 pieces showing at workspace through Nov. 15, certainly served that function.

"Basically, the drawings and paintings were a loose visual diary of September last year through this year, and it grew into its own series," says the 38-year-old Kauai-born artist. "It started right before Sept. 11, which was good, just because it provided a vantage point.

"I had returned from a trip to New York four days before Sept. 11, and the diary started out being based on that trip. Then, when Sept. 11 happened, it took on a life of its own."

Teraoka's 3-D works weren't part of the diary but are included in "breakfastlunchanddinner" because they were created during that same year.

His sculpture "Ship of Fools," $600, is made of wood, aluminum, stainless steel and enamel.

"Normally, I do 3-D in the afternoon and 2-D at night," Teraoka says. "I try to keep both going at the same time."

Getting to the point where his artwork gets daily attention took some discipline at first, Teraoka says, but "I've been doing it enough so that it's become an integral part of my life. Like all of us, I get home after work, watch the news, and it's hard to understand sometimes why I feel a certain way. Artwork helps me sort all that out."

workspace, at 3624 Waialae Ave., Suite 201, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. Call 732-2300.

Joleen Oshiro, Star-Bulletin

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