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Selected for American Tonalist Society, Best in Tonalism, 2020, Online Showcase!

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Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

I am thrilled to announce my painting, Sea Mist at Dawn, has been selected for the American Tonalist Society’s “Best in Tonalism, 2020”, Online Showcase. The show runs from July 15 – August 15 and can be viewed online at and The show was originally planned to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, but due to the Covid 19 pandemic, has moved to an online format to protect the public. It is a great honor to be a part of this show, as artists from three continents, Canada, US and Mexico, are displaying their works.

What is Tonalism?

What is Tonalism, you might ask? Tonalism is an art movement that originated in America in the late 19th Century. The writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped shape the Transcendental movement, and, thus began a spiritual response to nature. Artists responded, in kind, by painting works with soft, blurred edges and a very narrow value range. Their color palette included a wide variety of muted blues, greens, violets and grays. Some of my favorite Tonalist artists include: George Inness, J.F. Murphy and Charles Warren Eaton. During post 1860’s, there was a melancholic response to the Civil war and many Americans began to reject organized religion. Some artists found solace in nature, and, especially at the low light hours, dawn and dusk. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads”.

As a contemporary painter, I try to reach a spiritual place through painting. Connecting to nature brings me to a place where I leap out of the temporal and into the eternal. I strive to awaken and sharpen an internal experience; and to suggest the reality and represent the mood that a natural scene evokes. I hope that my paintings help others relate to the universal beauty in nature. Many of my works are from imagination.

“Snow Day”-A Painting Story

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Snow Day, 12 x 12

This is my backyard, viewed from the studio. I feel deeply connected to our land and I love the giant cedar trees that give us green all year long. There is a spirit in this place. I remember one day, years ago, when my kids were young and I was teaching first grade at their elementary school. We woke up to a blanket of snow and school was cancelled! Everyone shouted at once, “Snow Day”! I remember that moment; of looking outside at the fresh, untracked snow, and feeling a rush of excitement! Have you ever had a Snow Day? I am grateful that Gallery Mack recently found a home for this painting!

The landscape listens and we hear it call our own name.

-Emily Dickenson

You’re Invited to a Summer Soiree!

Please join me at Gallery Mack on June 22nd for a Summer Soiree! Meet the artists! Jewelry! Sculpture! Woodworks! Paintings! I have several new small works at the gallery, ranging in size from 8×10 to 7×14. Do you have a space for a tiny painting? Think about where you’d like to hang a painting in your house and measure the space before you come. I have been very busy in the studio this spring. Talk with me about your interest in art. What kind of paintings do you like? Summer soirees are fun. You can meet others with the same interests as you. Gallery Mack has some fabulous artists and they will be there to talk with you about their work. Drink a little wine and enjoy the evening! Gallery Mack is located at 2100 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA, one block north of Pike Place Market on Western Avenue. See my painting on the card below? It’s the top left corner and it’s called, Spring’s Green. Hope to see you on Saturday, June 22nd!

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:

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Valley Light, 24 x 38

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Day Break, 20 x 16

Together, 6×8

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A Hint of Spring, 18 x 24

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Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

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Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

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Mountain Creek, 11 x 14

A Day at Noon, 12 x 18

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.


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Snow Day, 12 x 12


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A Winter Morning, 12 x 16


Evergreen trees, fog, landscape, mountain

Two Trees, 16 x 16



Fall 2016 Exhibition Dates!

I’ve recently completed some new paintings and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to exhibit at several venues this Fall. I hope you may be able to join me at one of these events!:

October 15-16 – Snoqualmie Valley River Arts Tour, Lolly Shera Fine Art Studio, Fall City, WA – Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

November 5th – Opening at Burien Arts Gallery, Burien, WA – Solo Show – “Rhythms of Nature”

November 19th – Opening at Matzke Gallery, Camano Island, WA – Small Works Group Show – “Honey I Shrunk the Art!”

December 3rd – Opening at Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA  – Holiday Group Show – “Celebrating the  Poetic Spirit”

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Tight Valley – A New Dawn, 12 x 36

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Snoqualmie Valley Slough, 14 x 21

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Deschutes Canyon, 8 x 10


Juried Exhibition at Museum of Northwest Art Museum Store

I am pleased to announce my participation in an upcoming juried show for the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists.  The show, which consists of 4-5 artists, takes place at the Museum of Northwest Art Museum store in La Conner on July 21 – October 15th. The MoNA Museum Store is located in the heart of La Conner and the museum averages over a thousand visitors a month.

These are the paintings that will be in the show and, yes, they are for sale.

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Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

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Bay Watch, 8 x 10

Landscape oil painting of Ophir, Colorado, pine trees, pond, reflection, dusk, pink sky

Ophir Pond, 16 x 12


Valley Twilight

Painting of two trees, field at sunset, evening sky glow, summer landscape

Valley Twilight, 12 x 18

I pass this tree every time I head east along the Snoqualmie River on my way up to North Bend.  It leans a little and I liked the way it hugged the long gravel driveway that winds back into the forest.  After doing an initial drawing on site I painted a tonal study to see how the values would look for a twilight painting.  There is actually a fence that I did not include in the painting, and inside the fence are horses and cows.  One night at twilight, as I was working, one of the young calves started running around and kicking up its heels.  Suddenly, all the horses did the same and soon thereafter all the other cows joined in as well!  It had been a particularly hot June day and with the sun going down the heat began to dissipate – I think the animals were jumping for joy!  One of the reasons I love working outdoors is that I get to experience the world in a unique way and those encounters go directly into my paintings!

Map for Self-Guided Snoqualmie River Arts Tour

Here is the beautiful map for the Snoqualmie River Arts Tour.  I hope you can come out to the Valley on June 21-22 for an exciting self-guided tour of artist studios.  The website for more information is  June 21-22, 10am – 6pm.  You can visit me in my studio and have a look at my work in a gallery on my front porch!  All artwork for sale.