My art career began with a gallery at age 15 and I’ve enjoyed juried and solo shows, with a retrospective and awards. Recently, I began to question why I make art, if I like what I create and if I was contenting myself with comfortable muscle memory. I challenged myself to a year-long retreat hoping to discover answers, then realized the questions raised will reiterate for a lifetime. The inquiry becomes a perpetual process of self-examination and exploration rather than arriving at the destination of an answer.
The series, "Working the River," started to percolate as an astonished Alaska girl experiencing venerable architecture on my first visit to Europe. Later, I became intrigued with the old mill buildings in Oregon City, especially when I understood some of them are slated for demolition.
I love the excitement of life on a moving body of water so the river is a generous repository for concept and subject. Over the course of a year, the significance has expanded to include the “river of life” and “ocean as repository for the river." I want these paintings to convey I’m passionate about noticing and recording a disappearing world. "Working the River" respectfully bows to ancestors who worked the river, the river’s bounteous provision growing up and to the artist as adventurer.
"E.T. and Me" holds space for the occasional homesick side trip to locations and experiences bred into my Alaska bones.
"Living Their Memories" is a portion of an installation. I am fascinated with the past as more influential than we are aware to the present choices we make as individuals or groups. Science has substantiated many of my own conclusions regarding energy, DNA, history and the heretofore unrecognized influence of progenitors and their decisions on subsequent generations. People resonated to this show of two dimensional work, if tears and an excitement to share their own stories is a measure. A three-dimensional installation will hopefully enhance the experience, impact and healing.
The consistent thread through the work is a love of color, line, and a leaning toward impressionism. I use a limited, clear-color palette for each painting, more recently utilizing a palette knife to supplement brushes, and incorporate intentional mark-making and drawing. The dedication to portraying the vigor of the subject remains consistent while the mediums provide an opportunity to inform each other in terms of technique, execution and subject.
I believe vibrant art comes through fearless exploration, the images bubbling up from the depths of the living creative water pouring through all of us from a generous Universal river.
Current Show: Working The River, Clackamas Federal Credit Union Gallery, 12 Sept-10 Dec 2018
2018 Working The River Clackamas Federal Credit Union Gallery, Milwaukie, Oregon
2017 Working The River In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2016 Living Their Memories In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2014 Living Their Memories Aurora Gallery, Vancouver, Washington
2014 Borderland: Conscious and Unconscious Landscape CCAA, Oregon City, Oregon
2014 Pastel Landscapes and Florals Clackamas Credit Union Gallery, Milwaukie, Oregon
2009 Pastel Portraits and Florals Art Media, Portland, Oregon
2001 Faces, Places, and Things Along the Way Crawford Gallery, Spokane, Washington
2015 Pastel Landscapes In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2014 Archetype: Sculpture and Paintings In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, Oregon
2016 Maps and Place In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2016 Art Moves In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2015 First City Paintings In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2015 Living Their Memories In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2015 Children of Picasso In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2015 We Don’t Walk Alone In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, Oregon
2014 Pollen Count In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, Oregon
2013 It’s All About Me… It’s All About We In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, Oregon.
2012 Summer Breeze Grapevine Gallery, Oregon City, Oregon
2002 Colville Arts Foundation Regional Art Gallery, Colville, Washington
2001 Riverbend Art Gallery, Post Falls, Idaho
1996 Kenai Fine Art Center, Kenai, Alaska People’s Choice Award
1994 Refuse Renaissance: The Art of the Found Object Best of Show, First
1994 28th Annual Kenai Fine Art Guild Show Juror Gary Lyon
1993 Kenai Fine Art Center
1993 Freeburg Gallery, Soldotna, Alaska
1992 Sacred Art Show, Anchorage, Alaska Honorable Mention.
2017 North Clackamas Art Guild
Workshops Saturday Art Adventure Children’s Workshop Program, Kenai Fine Art Center
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