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Story of making the painting, “Valley Light”

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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

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Tide Coming In, 6 x 8, Plein Air

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Mudflats, 8 x 6, plein air

Rhythms of Nature, Solo Exhibition, Burien Arts Gallery, Nov 4-30, 2016

This Friday, November 4th, 5:30pm-8:30pm, is the Opening Celebration for my Solo show, “Rhythms of Nature,” at Burien Arts Gallery.  The gallery is located in downtown Burien.

826 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
206.244.7808

As a contemporary landscape painter, my work is a sensitive interpretation of mood, color, and light.  Born and raised in the West, I am rooted in the diverse ecosystems found in western America. There is a sense of stability and order that I feel with the land, and when a location arouses my curiosity and inspires me,  I will create a series of the scene, changing the key, the composition and color harmony. I look for new ways to express spatial relationships and distance with layers of paint, brushwork, gradations, and diffusions of light.

But my paintings are more than that to me.   As a naturalist and outdoors woman since childhood, I have always felt a spiritual connection with trees and fields, and meadows and mountains.  Quiet places speak to me, as well as, long, stretching views with diminishing values and great big skies.   These places make my heart soar to new heights and inspire me, in a lifelong effort, to explore and communicate an honest translation of both soul and the land.

Join me at Burien Arts Gallery if you can!

 

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Backyard Barrels, 11 x 14

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Late Night Fishing, 9 x 12

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Nisqually Barn, 8 x 10

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Eagle Creek Deadfall, 8 x 10

 

Spring National Oil & Acrylic Society International On-Line Exhibition

I am honored to learn that my painting, A Bay View, was accepted in the National Oil & Acrylic Society’s Spring International On-Line Exhibition!

The idea for A Bay View came about one morning at Bay View State Park, part of Washington state’s Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  I was on a multi-day drawing and painting trip, observing and appreciating the coastlines, the waves and the trees at different times of day.  On the last morning I returned to the beach and sat on a log, watching as the pale Northwest sky slowly filled with pinks and roses of early dawn. I knew that an idea was born.

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A Bay View, 20 x 30

A Bay View, 20 x 30