About The Artist

I have had what I call an “Art Life” because that is the constant that weaves through everything. I have chosen to not limit myself to one medium, as each provides specific effects that give my work interesting and unique qualities. I work mainly with Acrylics, due to the ability of this medium to combine both oil and watercolor techniques. I have added Encaustics, and for large scale work I go to my first love, Oil. The past two years find me adding Resin as well. Experimentation keeps me interested and my work moving forward. 

The Work

To me, non-representational art should have a strong sense of purpose. Paintings need to be about something. I consider my work to be abstract expressionist. My paintings are built in layers of color, texture, images and mixed media when it supports my concept. I feel strongly that creating a feeling of depth is important – both visual and of meaning. My art can be viewed literally or symbolic of larger ideas. 

The Process

I am an experimental process painter. I love to find new and unusual ways to make my paintings unique. Although I start with a concept, I allow the process to unfold. Being in an open creative state allows for inspiration. My work is done in series, which means I will rotate multiple canvases through the stages from beginning to end. This allows for implementation of ideas and methods to come together in a cohesive body of work. The individual paintings act like chapters in a book. Sometimes one of these will become an "outlier" and can act as the stepping off point for the next series. 

Abbreviated Resume

 

Gallerys I have shown with:

Lynn Hanson Gallery: Seattle

Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery

Cole Contemporary Edmonds  WA

Cascadia College & American Art Co. Tacoma

Bellevue Art Museum 

Fraker Scott Gallery, Seattle

Edmonds Mural Society

Shoreline City Hall

Kaewyn Gallery,  Bothell WA

Parklane Gallery, Kirkland

Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island

New Dimensions Gallery, Bellevue 

Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle 

Seattle Design Center

Housewares – Upscale interiors, Edmonds, WA 

Main Street Gallery, Chelan WA

 

Art Shows & Events

Edmonds Art Studio Tour 

Edmonds Art Festival

 

Collections

Swedish Edmonds Hospital, Edmonds WA 

Snohomish County Courthouse, Everett WA

Snohomish County Executive Offices, Everett WA

Swedish Oncology Center, Edmonds WA

 

Juror

2016/19: Edmonds Art Festival Field Artists 

Juror of Paintings & Drawing

2013: WA Collage Society Annual Show

2013: Chelan Art Festival Paintings and Sculpture 

2012: Eastside Association of Fine Arts [EAFA] Annual Abstract Juried Exhibition, Seattle Design Center

Instructor

2007-2019: Acrylic, Encaustic, Color Theory @ Cole Gallery/Edmonds, Encausticamp National Workshops, ARTspot/Edmonds, Shack Art Center/Everett, Edmonds Community College ArtsNow Program, annual workshops in Chelan WA, Edmonds School District Artist in Residence

 

Professional Associations

Owner of ARTspot Edmonds, 408 Main Street Edmonds

Co-Founder of Fraker/Scott Gallery

Women Painters of Washington 

International Society of Experimental Painters 

The Portrait Group

Artists Connect

NW7 

Art Start Northwest/Graphite

Education

1980–1982:  American Academy of Art - Associates Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising - Chicago, IL 

1979-1989: Additional Studies: at Purdue University NW (Calumet IN), Indiana State University (Terra Haute, IN), Ad School (Los Angeles), Edmonds Community College (Edmonds WA)

1973-1978: Private Art Lessons  

Comprehensive Resume Available Upon Request