Art. It is the fabric of my life. I see it in everything that I do. It arrives, to be thought about and observed in the food that I gather and the meals that I prepare every day; in the way the light hits all of the things in my kitchen during the passing of the day. I uncover it when I look at the layers of life in my garden; no matter what the season. Art reveals itself in the growing-up of my daughter, the sheer observations of watching her unfold into her own person; and in the conversations with my husband about everything in our lives.
I have made art for over twenty five years and it is the sifting and sorting and reacting and recording; of what I feel, experience, see…and remember, that I paint. I love to travel and often am charged with energy and new subject matter after being out of my hometown of Seattle. The openness of the road or a new location; the unexpected and a tingle of anticipation awaken my senses. The push and pull of the landscape; the lines carved by erosion, geology, and the hands of humans that directly interact with the land. I want to scribble and photograph; paint and draw these moments that I pass through…exploring the movement of the landscape.
Studies in studio art and and English Literature led to a BA in from Seattle Pacific University. Sandwiched between my regular university degree paths was a life-changing four months, living and studying in southern France. It was a program sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College at that time. (the program is now run by Savannah College of Art and Design). In a tiny village, called Lacoste, surrounded by the Luberon mountains, I studied and worked in drawing, painting, stone sculpting, poetry writing and French language, immersed in the light and land of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Teachers came from the U.S and France, where we were all under the direction of Bernard Pfriem. After finishing my first degree and a nine month break to work, I entered the University of Washington, earning a BFA in painting, under the tutelage of diverse personalities and styles; some understated, but clear, some eccentric, some polished and intellectual; all expressing themselves in their unique ways. I can see them and hear them; Michael Dailey, Gene Pizzuto, Robert Jones, Spencer Mosely, Norman Lundin and others.
I have taken workshops over the years and always want to take more, to learn and experience more about art in life. From well-worn books in my studio, I look at Maynard Dixon, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keefe, The Group of Seven (early 20th century Canadian painters), and Richard Diebenkorn…to name a few. And Life has been my teacher, with all of its shadows and light, and that is a relationship that never ceases to remind me to turn over the next stone in my path…appreciate it all. Maybe I pick up the stone to hold and have it for a while, or perhaps I step over it and move on. To look, process, be flexible and step again.
I have created and successfully completed two different crowd-funded art projects. See my Namibian Portfolio page for more of that story.
My work is in many private collections and businesses. I have participated in numerous juried group exhibitions, winning some awards, and I have shown my work in cafes and restaurants.
Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of my Available paintings.
I love to take on commissions too. If you have an idea or a request, a special place that you visit or call home, somewhere meaningful in our great wild landscapes, please contact me and we can talk!
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