Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Quinault Sun

Quinault Sun. Oil on Linen Panel. 2016, 20" x 30"
Over the past several years I've worked with two Treaty Tribes in the Pacific Northwest and that work places me in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. This winter I've begun to paint what I've experienced.

Starting with this one of sun breaks over Quinault beach.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Desert Skies, Petrified Forest National Park Art Residency

Desert Skies. Oil on Linen Panel. 2016. 20" x 30"
From my Art Residency at Petrified Forest National Park. I love the iconic horizon with mesas in the distance and of course, the afternoon clouds.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Salish Sunset

Salish Sunset. 2015, Oil on Linen Panel. 11" x 21"
This was a quick painting and as always, I spent most of my time on the sky. It's easy to over-saturate the colors, especially the blues, and I try my level best to knock that back.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Farewell Bend 1: Snake River in Oregon

Farewell Bend 1. 2016. Oil on Linen Panel. 30" x 40"
When we drove to the Petrified Forest National Park last August for my Art Residency, we made a point of stopping at Farewell Bend in Oregon, on the Snake River.

We timed our departure from Bellingham so that we'd be there before sunset - there's a great campsite. It was windy but we sat on our picnic table with a bottle of Syncline Syrah and watched the smoke from the forests of Washington converge with the smoke from Oregon just past the bend of the river.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Arizona Skies + I'm the Featured Artist on Artwork Archive!

Arizona Skies. 2015. Oil on Linen Panel. 20" x 30". SOLD.
This is the first painting finished following my Art Residency at Petrified Forest National Park. This was the first one I started while there and it was painted at my great outdoor studio on the patio at the Painted Desert Inn. The light was exceptional. The sand and grass in the paint film is a testament to the history of the place and my time there. Since it took more than a week to finish, visitors were puzzled that the place I was painting wasn't the place I was looking at. But the sky was.

And great news: the painting sold today.

More great news: I was honored to be the Featured Artist on Artwork Archive's site. You can click here to see. Although, I'm it for a week and if you miss that window it'll be another artist. Also good.

I really value my connection with Artwork Archive. This is the site - after lots of experimenting - that I use to catalog and store my painting info. I've written about them before, for instance here. In the past few years they've developed from a simple artwork inventory program into a valuable resource for artists. If you haven't looked into what they have to offer, you should.

Monday, October 12, 2015

New studio on Samish Island!

New studio on Samish Island in Skagit County 

For the last year or so I've been casually looking around for a new studio space. My goal was a building where I could create much larger paintings with room to store my work and room to stretch and frame canvas and to cut wood. In addition to that I had a wish list: trees, a small cabin and (although I couldn't afford it) a water view. I shared that list with a friend, Heather Othmer, a realtor in Bellingham. Late July Heather emailed me a photo of property with trees and a cabin and after some delay, we all drove to Samish Island on a Saturday to take a look.

When I saw the shop (the middle of the 3 buildings - the cabin is behind the trees - I could picture it as a studio. The next day my husband and I drove back to look again and on Monday we made an offer.

It's just under 14 acres - nearly all trees and 12 of those acres are in a wildlife conservation easement with the Skagit Land Trust for bird habitat. There's a view of Samish Bay and Padilla Bay and the North Cascades. The flat land in the distance? All habitat for ducks and geese, owned by the state (ie the people of Washington). The shop is old, built of big timbers, but it's large. And I've got a pole barn for cutting wood and storing kayaks. I never dreamed this would be my studio.

It's 35 minutes from my house, just past the town of Edison. I feel very lucky.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wildfires + skies

Lummi Island || Smoke. Oil on Linen. 15" x 15"
This summer the Pacific Northwest was on fire. It started early in July with more than a hundred fires in British Columbia. By July 4th the smoke started rolling in and by July 6th our air was thick with it. The sky was yellow.

This painting is based on what I saw looking north from the Lummi Island Ferry as we headed home on July 4th.