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Inspiration for the painting, Forest Glow at Treehouse Point, WA

One night at yoga class at Treehouse Point, I watched the sun set behind the tall evergreen trees.  As the sun lowered in the sky the forest began to glow a golden, orange color and I felt the image of this painting come into my mind’s eye.   Painting for me is a personal expression of my connection with Nature. It is about holding on to a fleeting moment in time and making that the main focus or idea of my painting.  Here is the painting, Forest Glow.

Forest Glow, 40×24, SOLD

 

Currently Showing at Art Gallery of Sno Valley

These paintings are available at Sno Valley Art Gallery through May 7, 2018.  Stop by for a visit in downtown Snoqualmie, WA!   The website for Art Gallery of Sno Valley is: https://artgalleryofsnovalley.com/

Oil painting, mountain, tonalist painting, tonalism, representational art, mountains, trees, panoramic view, valley, shadow line, clouds, realism, classical painting, rosemary brushes, contemporary realism, contemporary art

Valley Light, 24 x 38

rattlesnake lake, cascade mountains, mountain lake, trees, fog, landscape painting, tonalist landscape, oil painting, classical realist, representational art, fine art, landscape painting, contemporary painting

Day Break, 20 x 16

Together, 6×8

oil painting, skagit valley, landscape painting, tonalist painting, classical art, art, representational painting, cloud painting, rain, field, spring

A Hint of Spring, 18 x 24

landscape painting, fine art, classical realism, classical painting, classical landscape painting, oil painting, art, winter field, gray sky, creek, distant fir trees, purple mountains

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

creek, river, snoqualmie valley, oil painting, landscape, fine art, contemporary realism, autumn, trees

Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

mountain, creek, oil painting, landscape painting, representational art, forest stream, fallen log

Mountain Creek, 11 x 14

A Day at Noon, 12 x 18

Find these paintings at Fountainhead Gallery!

Please contact Fountainhead Gallery at http://www.fountainheadgallery.com

sea, ocean, seaside, oil painting, landscape painting, oil, art, tonalist art, tonalist painting, tonalism, classical realism, fine art, contemporary landscape

Seaside, 18×24

This painting was inspired by a trip to the Pacific Ocean.  As the evening hours approached the clouds rolled in, creating a luminous sky juxtaposed by a darkened ground lane.  I remember the distinctive glow of gold light at the tree line and the hidden dark stream flowing into the sea.  The smell of salt water is fresh in my mind as I look at this piece.  I love the movement in the clouds as they echo the shape of the stream below.

winter, trees, pond, fog, representational art, nocturne, oil painting, landscape painting

Winter Moon, 20 x 16

I love to paint nocturnes because the  night time is full of mystery in the absence of light.  The reflected light of the moon illuminates the sky and water, bringing the viewer to an intimate spot on the shoreline.  I try to create a peaceful respite for the viewer, where they can call bring a bit of their own experience to a painting.  Maybe they will remember a time like this and finish the story from their own experience.

skagit valley tulips, tulip fields, representational art, fine art, contemporary landscape painting, oil painting, landscape painting, spring tulips

Skagit Valley Tulips, 7 x 14

The Skagit Valley is one of my favorite spots in Washington!  The expansive sky is one of the reasons I made this composition a wide, flat horizontal.  I chose a color harmony of yellow, blue and a bit of green for this piece, which is very Pacific Northwest!  If anyone has visited the tulip fields in spring time they will instantly recognize the major elements of trees, fields, flowers, distant mountains and sky as the iconic Skagit Valley. Our memories tend to sift out extraneous detail and this painting reflects my experience and the mood on a beautiful spring day.

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Barn By the Sea, 20 x 24

Another Skagit Valley painting, reflecting the early evening hours in late October, with a moonrise peeking through the clouds.  I love the subtle color shifts in the grasses in Autumn and how they are reflected in the clouds above.  The distant San Juan Islands create a finishing backdrop for the land to meet the sky.

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Beach Walk, 12 x 16

I saw this couple and their dog on the beach near Kalaloch, WA on the Pacific Coast and it reminded me of my own experience, walking with someone I love, stopping, picking up rocks and drift wood, and possibly finding a sand dollar at low tide.  I can hear the waves and whoosing behind me as I take in the salt water air.  This is a memory piece (I do not use photographs as reference material) for all those times at the beach.  I am looking through the trees from high up on the bank to the people and dog below.  I am looking at my memory, and maybe a memory of the viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Currently Showing at Art Gallery of Sno Valley!

My work is hanging at the Art Gallery of Sno Valley on March 5 – May 7th.  Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

Art Gallery of Sno Valley

8130Railroad Ave

Snoqualmie, WA 98065

http://www.artgalleryofsnovalley.com

Oil painting, mountain, tonalist painting, tonalism, representational art, mountains, trees, panoramic view, valley, shadow line, clouds, realism, classical painting, rosemary brushes, contemporary realism, contemporary art

Valley Light, 24 x 38

 

river, snoqualmie river, representational painting, landscape painting, oil painting, contemporary landscape, art, contemporary art, realism, tonalism, river, water,

Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

 

rattlesnake lake, cascade mountains, mountain lake, trees, fog, landscape painting, tonalist landscape, oil painting, classical realist, representational art, fine art, landscape painting, contemporary painting

Day Break, 20 x 16

 

creek in field, winter day, grey sky, silver light, evergreen trees, landscape, color study

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

 

oil painting, skagit valley, landscape painting, tonalist painting, classical art, art, representational painting, cloud painting, rain, field, spring

A Hint of Spring, 18 x 24

 

A Day at Noon, 12 x 18

 

mountain, creek, oil painting, landscape painting, representational art, forest stream, fallen log

Mountain Creek, 11 x 14

 

Together, 6×8

 

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Fountainhead Gallery’s Holiday Group Show, “Winter”

Please join me at  the annual holiday show, “Winter”, at Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA, this  Saturday, Dec 2nd, 5-7pm!   The show runs through January 22, 2018.  These paintings are created from life study and memory.  I do not use photographs.  Shop early!  Collect often.  Payment plans upon request.  http://www.fountainheadgallery.com

 

snow, winter, landscape, oil painting, representational art, snow, shed, evergreen tree, contemporary realism,

Snow Day, 12 x 12

 

winter, landscape, trees, mountains, oil painting, landscape painting, field, stream

A Winter Morning, 12 x 16

 

Evergreen trees, fog, landscape, mountain

Two Trees, 16 x 16

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Opening for Show at Fountainhead Gallery on Nov 4, 2017

Please join me at the opening for my Solo Show at Fountainhead Gallery on Saturday, November 4th, 5-7pm.  The title of the show is Moods of Nature.  Here are a couple of paintings that will be in the show.  Come if you can, I’d love to see you there!

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nisqually wildlife refuge, dusk, landscape painting, oil painting, representational art, classical realism, contemporary landscape, tonalist painting, tonalism

Refuge At Dusk, 24 x 30

 

winter, trees, pond, fog, representational art, nocturne, oil painting, landscape painting

Winter Moon, 20 x 16

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Plein Air Washington Artists’ “Little Gems” Juried Show

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2nd Annual Little Gems Juried Art Show

I am honored to participate in this year’s 2nd annual Little Gems Juried Art Show at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA.  The opening reception will be held on June 2nd and the paintings will hang in the gallery until July 29th.  I cordially invite you to attend this show and to see some fantastic plein air and studio paintings from some of the Northwest’s finest artists.  My painting, Patterson Creek, was chosen as Best of Show at the Clymer Museum’s Juried Show “West of the Mississippi” in 2014.   I hope to see you there!

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Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

Story of making the painting, “Valley Light”

Oil paining, mountain, tonalist painting, tonalism, representational art, mountains, trees, panoramic view, valley, shadow line, clouds, realism, classical painting, rosemary brushes, contemporary realism, contemporary art

Presence, 24 x 38

Late one fall afternoon I was working in my studio – and I felt a hunch that I ought to go to my special view spot in the mountains.  It was faster to ride my bike than walk, as it was nearing the end of the day- so I grabbed a backpack and threw in my sketchbook and a packet of charcoal. The weather had been variable all day with patchy clouds and sun breaks.  As I headed up the trail I could see faint light glimmering through the trees.  Higher and higher I rode, as fast as my lungs would allow.  Once I reached the clearing, the sight before me stopped me in my tracks. Reflecting off the cliffs of Mt. Si was this orange-gold light – a spectacular vision that I had never seen before; orange light with a dark shadow line rising up the flanks of the entire mountain range.  The image of this beautiful valley light burned instantly into my mind’s eye.  I knew I had to create this scene into a painting.  But wouldn’t the time please stop and let me soak in the experience a little longer?  I knew it wouldn’t – moments don’t stand still do they?  They just keep unfolding, one after another.  I felt myself accepting the orange light as it sank into my bones and I stood there, silently observing.   No drawing needed.   Luckily I had been there before to draw, so, I had, at least, a record of the important elements.  If you have ever looked at a painting for a long time maybe you’ve experienced a moment through an artist’s rendering.  Back in the studio I had the opportunity to re-experience that moment many times over – from memory.   That’s why I called this painting, Valley Light.  It’s about the Here and Now.  I like Being. Here. Now.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery, “Honey I Shrunk the Art” Annual Small Works Show

I am excited to participate in Matzke Fine Art Gallery’s 26th “Honey I Shrunk the Art” annual small works show!  The show opens on November 19th with an Opening Party and Potluck, 4pm –  9pm, and continues through January 15, 2017. Visit the website at http://www.matzkefineart.com.

For this show I created five plein air paintings of Camano Island.  As a native Washingtonian, I spent many childhood summers exploring our coastlines by boat, throughout Puget Sound and the Inland Passage. My favorite spot on the boat was sitting on the bow, scouting for logs and stumps, or any other danger to our small craft.  I loved to look past the white caps to the rows of slim blue islands across the channel and imagine what life was like at each distant port.  Fast forward a couple of decades and I am still exploring – with my oil paints.  For this series of small plein air paintings, I set out to visit the beaches of Camano Island.  Standing close to the water, smelling the salt and listening to the waves crash against the shore brought me right back to those boat rides and summer time feel.  It’s funny how the smell of salt water can trigger so many memories.  I feel the same sense of wonder today for the beauty I see in nature that I did when I was a child.  Through painting, I try to express an honest translation of both soul and the land.

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Mt Baker, 6 x 8, plein air

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Camano Island State Park, 6 x 8, plein air

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Skagit Bay, 6 x 8, plein air

camano island, representational art, tide, water, pilings, mountains, sea, oil painting, contemporary landscape, landscape painting, impressionism, representational art, pacific northwest, puget sound, mountains, plein air painting,

Tide Coming In, 6 x 8, Plein Air

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Mudflats, 8 x 6, plein air