Journal

A Focus on Flowers

In December I celebrated six months in my studio at East Creative Collective in downtown Portland.  After a busy phase of settling into my new space, and a lot of abstract painting, I took off to Maui for a week-long painting workshop in November to celebrate my...

East Creative Collective

  I have recently moved into a new studio space in the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, Oregon.  East Creative Collective is the name of the building, and houses over a dozen visual artists working in various mediums. I am very excited to be a...

Catherine Bede Gallery

I am pleased to announce that my work will now be featured regularly at Catherine Bede Gallery in historic downtown Hillsboro, Oregon.  www.catherinebede.com Catherine Bede Gallery features original fine art, prints and art greeting cards. The gallery represents local...

Portlandia!

Two of my Coastal Collages were used on the set of the popular T.V. show "Portlandia." I submitted my art last fall for consideration, and recently learned that they were selected to be used in Season 7, Episode 9, "Passenger Rating." Here is a screen shot of one of...

Deconstructed Abstracts

After a short break from painting this summer, I needed a simple, fun goal to get me back into the swing of things this fall.  I felt the need to put paint to paper, but did not have the energy or inspiration to think of a subject, to make those important foundational...

“Evening” Wins Award in Juried Show

My watercolor painting "Evening" won a third place award in Village Gallery of Arts' semi-annual juried show.  The juror was Kathy Haney, who has taught high school art for over 25 years.  Her watercolors have won awards in over 30 local, regional and national juried...

Collage!

It has been a busy fall. It seemed once school started for the boys I would start painting up a storm, but recent discoveries in print-making led me to collage.  It started with Gelli-plate printing.  With short, infrequent bits of time for art-making I found myself...

“Grape Hyacinths” Wins Award

I was thrilled to hear that my painting "Grape Hyacinths" was awarded Third Place in Village Gallery of Art's October Award Show, juried by Jennie Armitage. This painting was created on Yupo, a synthetic paper that is slippery and creates wonderful, unexpected...

A Cohesive Body of Work

Last October I had my first art show.  It was at New Seasons Market, and the space was large enough for ten 16 x 20 inch framed paintings. This October, I will be showing there again.  I took inventory of my paintings this summer and found myself at a loss for what to...

Blind Contour Drawing with Ruth Ellen Hoag

This past weekend I attended a three-day workshop with Ruth Ellen Hoag, who travelled from Santa Barbara to Portland to show us some ways to use line in our paintings. Standing over a large piece of paper and holding our pencil lightly at the end farthest from the...

Village Gallery of Arts Award Show

"Stay Out of My Room" was awarded Second Place in Village Gallery of Arts annual award show, held in April 2015 and juried by Ellie Rozendaal, photographer and art teacher at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon.  I would like to share with you the juror's comments,...

Paintings at Shute Park Library

Five of my wax paper landscape paintings are on display at the Shute Park branch of Hillsboro Public Library until April 30, 2015. These paintings were created with no preliminary drawings.  Instead, splotches of thick watercolor pigments were flattened under sheets...

October Show at New Seasons Market

Ten of my textured wax paper paintings are on display at the Orenco Station New Seasons Market during the month of October.  I am pleased with how they look against the orange walls in the store's cafe area. These paintings were created with very little brush work and...

Painting: A Series of Choices

I have recently returned from a three-day painting workshop with Ruth Armitage at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  Ruth is an accomplished Oregon painter and I enjoy her teaching style.  I travelled to the Oregon Coast to paint in her workshop last week, knowing she...

50 Figures

With the beginning of autumn, and more time to paint, I have made a personal goal for myself to draw and paint 50 figures before the end of the year.  I am looking forward to this opportunity to play, to not get hung up on details, to let go of perfectionism and...