Ms. Fabulous

April 30th, 2011

I am currently working on  a series of paintings, glorifying & celebrating the very large women in the world, living their lives in Joy! This is the first one. There’s more to come.

American Landscape

April 27th, 2011

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Campbell, the Cultural Affairs Administrator for the City of West Hollywood has acquired my painting American Landscape, adding it to his art collection. I am honored that one of my favorite pieces has gone to such a good friend & colleague and all around great person. Don’t forget to check out ARTbeat West Hollywood for information on arts and cultural events around town and learn about arts opportunities.

National History Day Competition 2011

March 27th, 2011

You have to watch this! It will take 10 minutes and it is worth it, I guarantee you.
I was interviewed about the Briggs Initiative by a teacher named Susan Young, for a project she was doing with her students for National History Day.
Well here is the result!
These are middle school students at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley, CA.
This performance won 1st Place at the Riverside County History Day Competition last week!
Now they qualify to compete at the California State History Day Competition at the end of April. If they can raise enough funds for their travel, they will be going to San Jose.
Let’s support this teacher and her students by watching this video, sharing it, making a small donation, or leaving a comment.
“I’m hoping that people will see our performance as a positive example of how teaching students about LGBT history can lead to understanding and tolerance.” -Susan Young


March 5th, 2011


This is one my new paintings titled I AM. I was home in my condo, 2-3 months ago and feeling so disconnected from everything because I can no longer use my computer. Or drive. Or see. (ha ha) I was sitting in my chair and feeling like I was kind of disappearing.

I got up and went into my art studio. I began a painting in black & white that just said “I AM”.

Then as I worked on it, I thought, I bet there are other people out there who feel like I do once in a while. Especially LGBT people, with all of the discrimination and misunderstanding they experience every day. So I decided to put the rainbow flag colors in the background.

That is the origin of this piece. I hope you all enjoy it.

I was thinking that maybe I’ll make some posters, mugs etc..What do you think about that? Do you think that’s a good idea with this design? Let me know.

New Video

March 4th, 2011

A Belated Valentine

February 24th, 2011

This is my new painting titled “Valentine

It is one of three new works just added to the Gallery.

I hope you like them!

West Hollywood City Council Election 2011

February 23rd, 2011

I live in the City of West Hollywood and we are having our City Council Elections. I am supporting Abbe Land, Lindsey Horvath and John Heilman for very specific reasons.

There are six challengers. All male. If the two female incumbents lose, we will have an all male council. As far as I am concerned, that could prove dangerous to women. I trust the current two female incumbents to put all women, including lesbians in the forefront of their protective consideration.

Women in general seem to be under attack. On Capital Hill, in the media, in the workplace including those in journalistic reporting. Women walking on the street in their everyday life, in our city as well as internationally. Assaulted sexually and in many other ways.

I support John Heilman because I believe he has the heart of the city in his heart.

One very important consideration for maintaining the current incumbents is that we are a Triple A credit rated city. Simply, the best you can get. We have a balanced budget. We haven’t had to eliminate any staff positions. We haven’t had to make cuts in any of our many services to our residents. That does not happen all by itself.

The current city council has done and will continue to do a highly responsible job.

WeHo@25 Exhibit ~ A Celebration of Art in West Hollywood

November 27th, 2010

WeHo@25 Photo Credit Ken Rambo

“Cultural Affairs Administrator, Andrew Campbell and a piece titled: “American Landscape” by Fine Art’s Artist, actress, and activist, Ivy Bottini. Acrylic on Canvas 2009. Ivy, is also the only visually impaired 84 years young artist to be displayed in the gallery.”

Ken Rambo of the West Hollywood Patch

I am honored to have my painting American Landscape chosen for the art exhibit WeHo@25 – A Celebration of Art in West Hollywood, as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of my city.

I would like to thank The City of West Hollywood & The Arts and Cultural Affairs Commisson for all they have done to make this happen.

I hope that the City of West Hollywood will continue to recognize the immense creative talent in it’s citizenry and will continue to present this creativity to our broader community. Not just in visual arts, but all of the creative art processes.

I have been talking about having an ongoing art festival on the sidewalks of West Hollywood 3 or 4 times a year which would include visual arts, street performers and could hopefully contribute to West Hollywood as tourist destination during those festival times.

Anybody else out there interested in the idea?

And the Winners are!…….

October 16th, 2010


Ernst & Young sponsored the Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Out & Equal 2010 Summit last week. They acquired 2 of my pieces to gift 2 winners at the lunchtime event. These are the two winners!

On the left is Cathy Renna, who I already had the pleasure of knowing. She is a wonderful activist that works with SAGE through her company, Renna Communications.

On the right is Regina Dotson, a wonderful feminist from Texas, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time. I appreciate that there are still lesbians who are claiming feminism because so many younger lesbians don’t understand the connections or use the words, even though they reap the benefits of the women’s movement and will continue to reap those benefits.

It was good to see old friends, meet new ones & share my artwork with these winners. Thanks to Ruth Knassin for conceiving of this brilliant idea and to Carolyn Carerra for helping execute it.

Get Your Tickets Now for Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical!

October 9th, 2010
Rehearsal for Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical

Rehearsal for Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical

This musical is really taking shape & I think that it is going to be a lot of fun to watch!

These are some of the shots from rehearsal.

It is a wonderful cast with such high energy and exciting commitment.

I am personally stunned at what a full on, totally professional musical this is becoming.

Come hear the new music and you will probably go home humming at least one of the great new songs.

Tickets are on sale now! Buy them!

I want to see you there!

Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical Rehearsal

Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical Rehearsal