Original Mixed Media Work, Commissioned Portraiture
Artist's Statement Magic, mystery, the undiscovered, the simple truth - all that resides just beyond the stagefront that we call reality....that's what inspires and motivates me and drives my work. Portraits offer a great opportunity to find the magic and reveal the purity of spirit that forms our core. Children and animals are my favorite portrait subjects as they radiate such a genuine freshness and innocence, caught up in the simple delight of being themselves. Nature also offers an endless source of wonder, mystery, fascination and inspiration. Any time spent outdoors provides a rush of revelation and sensation...the smell of wet leaves, the incredible chartreuse of moss, the soft, silken whisper of bird wings in flight, the sparkle and splash of fish at the water's surface, the feel of gnarled bark on a hundred year old tree. All this transports me and I find myself drawing, composing and modeling something new in my studio. The inspiration flows into the process and I am off and running. Once begun, the process of making art ebbs and flows, changes direction and evolves from connection to connection as I experiment with media and method. Printmaking and drawing in colored pencil and pastel are my foundations. The visceral appeal of the print studio, the meditative quality of colored pencil work and the sheer joy of pastel colors always keep me coming back for more.
Biography Born and raised in the Midwest, I made the move to Seattle in the 70's and earned my BFA in Printmaking at the University of Washington. Although raising a family and holding a full time job took precedence in the years that followed, I always found time for art. A Signature Member of CPSA, Colored Pencil Society of America, my colored pencil, pastel and mixed media work ranges from portraits to haunting and provocative still life and florals. Many of my original colored pencil works as well as over 1,000 giclee prints featuring Alaskan landscape and wildlife currently hang in the public areas and guest rooms at Denail Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska. Additional work hangs onboard cruise ship Sapphire Princess.
PUBLICATIONS Colored Pencil Society of America, Signature Showcase Book, limited edition, 2010
COMMUNITY / VOLUNTEER Classroom Monitor, Gage Fine Art Academy, 2009-2010 Voting Member, Public Art Selection, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Art Planner Selection Panel, 2009-2010 Volunteer Art Instructor, Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, 2009
HONORS / EXHIBITIONS Exhibition - 6th International CPSA “Explore This” Exhibition - Seattle 2010 Award - Western Washington Fair Juried Art Exhibition 2009 Exhibition – Renton Annual Art Fair, Juried Show 2009 Exhibition – Kenmore Annual Art Fair, Juried Show 2007 & 2008 Exhibition - Juried Annual Show, Columbia City Gallery – Seattle 2007
Award – Signature Status -10th International CPSA Exhibition - Ft. Worth 2002 Exhibition - Gallery at the Shoreline Center, Seattle 2002 Award - Western Washington Fair Juried Art Exhibition 2001 Exhibition - Edmonds Art Fair Juried Competition 2001 Exhibition - 8th International CPSA Exhibition - Detroit 2000 Exhibition - Carnegie Center - Oregon City 2000 Award - Western Washington Fair Juried Art Exhibition 1999 Exhibition - 7th International CPSA Exhibition - Seattle 1999 Award - Western Washington Fair Juried Art Exhibition 1998