Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter Gatherings

Winter Gatherings, catalog of the exhibition at Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe 
December 14 2012 - January 7 2013 Winter Gatherings Interactive Catalog
I am excited to have two paintings selected for inclusion in the Winter show at Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is a mecca for artists and collectors alike. 

If you happen to be in Santa Fe over the holidays, stop in and give my regards to Selby, Sam, Eddie and Karinna. Opening night reception is December 21, 5pm- 7pm. Wish I could be there!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

20th Anniversaries and December Art

December 2012 is a great month for art, beginning with the 20th anniversary of Patricia Rovzar Gallery. The celebration began with a reception populated with artists and collectors in a room of walls covered with brightly colored art, wine, music and high energy. I am honored to be a part of the legacy of this remarkable gallery. For more background on Patricia and the gallery, be sure to read the Seattle Times story by clicking this link:  Gallerist Patricia Rovzar marks 20th anniversary

Opening night is Thursday, December 6th, 6pm - 8pm. The paintings are already being gobbled up by happy collectors, so make sure you come early to be sure you see all the new work from all of the gallery artists.

Elsewhere in Seattle, there is an abundance of shows that I don't want to miss. Around the corner from Patricia Rovzar Gallery is Traver Gallery. I am in love with the new work from Nancy Worden.

THE REVENANTS    Nancy Worden

Many galleries call Pioneer Square home. One of my favorite photographers is Michael KEnna. New work is on display through December 22nd at G Gibson Gallery 

Tidal Pool and Posts, Berck Plage, Normandy France    Michael Kenna

Outside the downtown core lives the Woodside Braseth Gallery with new work from Jared Rue until December 22nd.

When the Bough Breaks    Jared Rue

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall Color

The rains finally arrived, but we were fortunate to have a summer that lasted late into October. This translates to astounding colors  before the rain and wind pulls the leaves from the trees.

These images are details from my current work, and they reflect my vision of the beautiful fall days.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

simple pleasures

Most of the time, studio organization takes a back burner. Until the burner starts really burning.

This is one of those projects that I should have completed years ago. When brushes are left to float in the molten wax they will slip to the bottom of the pan. When the bristles touch the metal of the pan, they burn, causing the entire tray of wax to alter color. I purchase pre-mixed medium in bulk from R&F Paints. Not cheap. So every time I discard a pan of tainted medium, a little bit of profit slips away.

I made this simple brush rack out of scraps from my studio and the workshop. The base is a piece of flat plywood. Attached are two metal brackets from one of my industrial shelving systems. I've screwed some scrap filler wood into the brackets, and attached long screws to hang over the tray of wax.

It's not very pretty, and it's incredibly basic. But I'm oddly proud of my modest handiwork.

Special thanks to Larry Calkins for reminding me how easily influenced wax is to foreign material.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

One More On the Board

One more month until the opening of my show at Patricia Rovzar Gallery. I'm excited about this body of work. And nervous too. My artist ego needs these long days in the studio over the past  five months to be rewarded with lots of accolades. Both the verbal and the monetary kind.  I have two remaining paintings to complete and then I will celebrate with a much needed bottle of bubbles.

See you at the gallery on opening night, June 7th, 6pm-8pm.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


'midsummer eve'  50" x 66"
Today marked the successful delivery of this large (50 x 66) commissioned photo-encaustic painting. It travelled across two bridges and three highways, balanced in the bed of a borrowed pick-up truck.

I made a secure shipping box out of pink foam plank insulation, the kind you would use in your walls at home. But once the entire box was completed, the size was one inch too wide to fit within the covered bed of the truck. In Seattle, with a constant threat of rain, road debris and stop-and-go traffic, I was concerned about damage to my precious cargo.

But, sometimes you just have to give in to circumstance. My husband and father-in-law secured our load and we drove, carefully, to our final destination. Happily, the stars were in alignment and the painting now rests safely in the consultant's showroom where it awaits installation onto the reception area walls of St Clair Hospital in Lakewood Washington. 

Thankfully, its final delivery and installation is now in the very capable hands of licensed professionals.
midsummer eve, photographed at an angle to show hi-gloss surface

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Back Breaking Labor of Love

I'm currently working on a large (50in x 66in) commission for the lobby of a hospital here in Washington State. I love commissions. And although challenging, I love working large.

The panel was expertly constructed by Matthew Olds of Hold Studios. And this time I also outsourced my large format printing from The Color Group. All of the pieces were beautifully produced, and everything is coming together just as planned. On schedule.

And then today. Instead of waiting to ask someone in the building to help me glue the large sheet onto its substrate, I decided I could handle it myself. I slopped the glue onto the panel and quickly squeegeed it across the board to a smooth, level finish.

I carefully picked up the large sheet, and was immediately engulfed by the mass. To avoid the sheet falling onto the sticky surface, I flopped the thing over my head and blindly lined up the edges into the correct position on the panel.

Stick. Remove. Kink. Crease. Tear.

Then finally, it rolled into place and I began frantically burnishing the surface. Dabs of glue spotted everywhere. This will require sanding and covering with some R+F Encaustic gesso in areas.

Whew. It will all work out in the end, but next big project, I'll be enlisting a helping hand. For now, I need a back rub and a martini.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Peek in the Studio

I 've been busy this year preparing for my June show at Patricia Rovzar Gallery. Which is my current excuse for not posting more regularly.

Here are a few detail shots of work in the studio. 
 shades of green and gray and blue
 lots of mark making
three on the wall.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Working With Art Consultants

These tiny 10" x 10" tiles were painted for Art Source LA, a fine art consulting firm based in Los Angeles, with offices in Washington DC and China. The company primarily focuses on commission and reproduction work.

Art Source LA, (ASLA) contacted me in November to see if I would be interested in joining their roster of acclaimed artists. After a review of their astounding client list, some very favorable phone interviews with a few of their existing artists, and an in-person meeting at their offices in Santa Monica, I was excited to join the ranks.

They have a different approach to presenting work than a traditional gallery. Many of the projects are large, requiring the commission and purchase of multiple works of art. There is no showroom for the client to see and select work. Instead, the consultants at ASLA create a project proposal, including a slideshow of artwork that they feel would fit the specifications of the project. In addition to slides, they show small original samples that represent the finished painting surface.

My work has been presented for three projects, (that I know about) to date, including one enormous  —17ft x 16ft — painting for a new high rise building in China.

Wish me luck!