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. 

Comprensive Resume

Gallery Representation

Cole Contemporary / Cole Gallery    

107 5th Ave South, Edmonds, WA 98020 / 425-697-2787     


Lynn Hanson Gallery    312 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 9810  /  206-960-2118         


Housewares    Upscale interiors, Edmonds, WA 

Main Street Gallery   Chelan WA

Gallery Shows

2018: Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery: Solo Show “Portals” 13 New Works, February-March

2017 Cole Contemporary: Debut Show Nov-Dec

2017 Protest Art Show: Tsuga Gallery, Cascadia College & American Art Co. Tacoma April-June

2016: Bellevue Art Museum: ”Womens Work”Group Show Women Painters of Washington

2015: Ballard Works: Invited to show with David Owen Hastings in “Friends Show” Series of Encaustic Paintings. November

2015: Edmonds Library: Solo Show , 17 Paintings. November

2015: Hanson Scott Gallery / Solo Show, Pioneer Square

2014: Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA, Testing the Waters / Cole Gallery artists show. Monotype Encaustic Prints

2012-13: Celebration Traveling Exhibition/Women Painters of Washington. “The Anonymous Mrs. Prince”

2012: Who We Are Retrospective 2-artist show with Lynn Scott at Edmonds Conference Center, March

2012: Ongoing representation by Hanson Scott Gallery, Seattle. Also HouseWares/Edmonds & Main Street Gallery, Chelan WA, ARTspot Gallery, Edmonds Wa

2012 Observations Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Columbia Tower, Seattle “Botanica,” January

2011: Instructor Show: Schack Art Center, Everett WA “Glimpse” & “Blue”

2011: Juxtaposition: Featured artist Fraker/Scott Gallery, new series  March 3-April 2

2010: Muralist finalist: Edmonds Mural Society:  “Sun/Rise & Moon/Rise” September 5th. Mural located at 111 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA (on the side of the Edmonds Book Shop building)

2010: Kaewyn Gallery –Women Painters of WA Members Show, Bothell WA, month of April

2009: Blue Heron Gallery –Solo Show, Vashon Island, WA, November

2009: New Dimensions Gallery, WPW Members Show, Bellevue WA – month of April

2009: Experimental Painters: “Product/Process” Sunset Bay Gallery, Edmonds WA Feb-April

2009: Women Painters of Washington: “Sojourns” - Columbia Tower Gallery, Seattle Feb-Apr

2008: Marni Muir Gallery, solo show at 112 Washington St., Pioneer Square, Seattle - month of September

2008: Women Painters of Washington: “Painting Out Loud” Columbia Tower Gallery, Seattle Aug-Oct

2008: Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA. Featured Artist  April 19-May 14 & ongoing workshop instructor

2003-09: Housewares – Upscale interiors, Edmonds, WA - Showing my work exclusively since January 2003

2004-09: Main Street Gallery, Chelan WA. Featured Artist August 2005, March 2007, May 2008, May 2009

2006: Edmonds Gallery, Edmonds WA. Featured Artist for “Unveilings” Event 11/9-12/12

2006: ZuKafe, Edmonds, WA Featured Artist “Modular Portrait Series” 8/17-9/20

2005: Point Elliot Art Gallery “Portraits In Progress” Five years of portrait work (10/1-11/20)

2005/06: Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett   Featured artist -of-month in Gallery Store

2005: Lynnwood Library Gallery – Group show for six Artist Connect members


Juried Competitions

2018: Icon Show: Lynn Hanson Gallery:  “Ghost Princess” September

2017: Edmonds Art Festival, Paintings June

2017: Icon Show: Lynn Hanson Gallery:  “Remnants I” September

2016: Edmonds Art Festival, Paintings “Flourish” June

2016: Icon Show: Lynn Hanson Gallery: Hippie Girl

2016: Icon Show: Lynn Hanson Gallery: Tripych of Monotype Encaustic paintings, September

2016: UnClad: Figurative show. 2  Encaustics

2013: Icon Show: Hanson Scott Gallery: Tripych of Monotype Encaustic paintings

2011: Eastside Association of Fine Arts [EAFA] 36th Annual Open Juried Exhibition / Seattle Design Center “Femina” Nov-Jan

2011: Chelan Arts Festival. Honorable Mention for Paintings Category, “Girl: Labeled” August

2010: International Society of Experimental Artists Show, Grand Rapids Michigan: “F8” May-June

2010: Parklane Gallery, Kirkland WA. Juried Exhibition “Facing Forward” – 1st Place – Painting, January

2009: International Society of Experimental Artists Show, Bethlehem PA: “Good & Clever” Aug-Sep

2009: Edmonds Art Festival, Paintings “Nice Girl” - sold

2009: Art of Our Mothers, Edmonds Center for the Arts, “Climber”  Second Place Award, May

2008: ParkLane Gallery First Annual Juried Exhibition, Kirkland WA  “Sun” First Place Paintings Award, Oct-Nov

2008: International Society of Experimental Artists Show, Houston, TX: “Glimpse” Sep-Oct

2008: Edmonds Art Festival, Paintings “She” June

2008 Art of Our Mothers – Edmonds Center for the Arts “Yellow/Hammer” May

2007: 16th Juried Show - Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, WA: “Place” 3rd Place Paintings

2007: International Society of Experimental Artists Annual Santa Cruz, CA: “Reflection” Aug-Sep

2007: Art of Written Word - Arts Council of Snohomish County at the Monte Cristo: “Swallow Knifes the Sky”

2007: Solovei Gallery, Pelagic Show - Everett WA “Four Elements Series: Water”

2007: Orange Crush, Lynnwood Library Gallery “Twilight”

2007: On Wing Show – Edmonds Conference Center  “Mark Each Season Well” 5/1-5/31

2006: Edmonds Art Festival – Drawings: “Portraits of George, Paintings: “Two Pomegranates”

2005: Shoreline Art Festival – Paintings: “ Apples on Green” & “Transparent Pear”. Dakota Art Award

2004/05: Art of Our Mothers, Fine Art Center of Edmonds, “Age & Wisdom” & “Linen Pear,” Purchase Award 2004 Portrait of Dolly Haakenson

2004: Edmonds Art Festival – Paintings: “Fir Tree With Blue” & “Solitary Pear”

2004: Arts of the Terrace – Paintings: “Woodley” & Drawings: “Vivian”

2004: Mukilteo Art Festival – Drawings: “Vivian” & “Pear Wrapped in Cloth”-sold

2004: Shoreline Art Festival – Paintings: “ Japanese Maple” & “Red Pears” & “Pear”-sold

2002-03: Edmonds Art Festival – Paintings: 2002 “Contemporary Pear”-sold, 2003 “Front Porch”



2012-Present: ARTspot   Co-owner and manager of artist materials retail store,  classes & workshops, and representing local artists who work in contemporary styles and mixed media. 408 Main Street, Edmonds WA 98020   www.ArtSpotEdmonds.com   425-640-6408     [In association with Denise Cole of Cole Gallery, Edmonds]

2015: Co-founded Art Start Northwest   An educational non-profit which will be housed in the new Graphite building, 202 Main Street, Edmonds WA  [In association with Mary Olsen]

2010-12: Fraker/Scott Gallery   Co-owner /  121 Prefontaine Pl, Tashiro Kaplan Bldg in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Represented approx 20 regional artists and curated monthly shows. 

2005: Co-founded Edmonds Artists Studio Tour  [In association with Sue Robertson]

1987-1995: New Design  Started my own sole proprietorship offering advertising, illustration & graphic design specializing in hospital and banking clients, and small business startups - Chicago Area & Seattle

Art Shows & Events

2006-2018: Edmonds Artists Studio Tour  Participating Studio (Annually 3rd weekend in September)

2013: New Woodway Town Hall “I Am The Boat” Series.  Woodway WA November

2011: 30-Day Art Challenge: 30 paintings in annual event at the Tashiro Kaplan, Seattle WA, November

2009: Salon Show  Private invite show curated by Lynn Scott, Edmonds Wa, Aug 8

2008: Portraits of Veterans  Two years of portraits show, Edmonds Unitarian Church, Edmonds, Memorial Day, May 25

2003-09: Sierra Street Studio Artists own studio: solo shows and one annual event with invited artists

2005-2014: Artist Connect Art Splash Show Artworks, Edmonds, WA

2004/05/06: Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival  Invited to draw portrait of Mukilteo Citizen of the Year (September of each year)

2001-09: NW Artists Show Edmonds Unitarian Church

2003-12: Edmonds Art Walk (3rd Thursday each month) – featured artist,  participated in 12 events

In Collections of

Suzanne & Don Robertson Private Collection

Swedish Edmonds Hospital, Edmonds WA

Snohomish County Courthouse, Everett WA

Snohomish County Executive Offices, Everett WA

Swedish Oncology Center, Edmonds WA


Downtown Edmonds Merchant Association: President 2017-18

Art Town:  Monthly Column for Edmonds Beacon and My Edmonds News 2017-18

Art Start Northwest:  President, Non-Profit for art enrichment in Schools founded 2015

Edmonds Art Walk: Founding Board Member 2014-15

Woman Painters of Washington (from 2008)

International Society of Experimental Painters (from 2007)  Signature Member 2009

Edmonds Art Studio Tour*: Co-founder 2005. Board of Directors 2006-2009

The Portrait Group: Four artists meeting to create, exhibit & commission portraits 1999-2010

Powerful Partners: Board Member and Instructor for group of Edmonds School District leaders and citizens providing enrichment opportunities in Edmonds School District 1998-2000

Artists Connect*: Artists networking and mounting shows for Edmonds area artists. 2004-10. Group facilitator 2008-9. Chaired committee to write by-laws and guidelines. 

*Assoc. w/ Edmonds Art Festival Foundation



2017: Edmonds Arts Festival Artists Booths selection for Drawing, Painting printmaking

2013: Washington Collage Society Annual Show/Edmonds Conference Center, November

2013: Chelan Art Festival Paintings and Sculpture

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

2002-2006: Judge and Docent Annual Art Show – Edmonds Elementary



2007-Present: Cole Art Studio. Ongoing series of classes in two catagories: Renegade Encaustics and Contemporary Painting Techniques in Acrylic and Oil

2012-14: ARTspot  Classes  in our on site studio space (moved class promgram over to Cole Contemporary 2014) Demos ongoing

2008-17: Workshops in Acrylic Painting, Chelan WA

2010-12: Shack Art Center, Instructor for acrylic and encaustic painting classes

2009/11: Portrait Drawing ArtsNow, Edmonds Community College, Edmonds April 13-27

1998-2010: Instructor - Private art lessons at my studio ages 6-17

1999-08: Maplewood K-8 - Heading up art classes grades K-8 (two grades per year), after school classes, Art Docent

2004/06: Brighton Middle School Fine Art Instruction  (Private School)

2002: Artist-in-Residence (grades 5-6) -Hazelwood Elementary

2001: Artist-in-Residence (grades K-6) - Beverly Elementary & after school art classes - Chase Lake Elementary                                                

(All Edmonds School District schools)

Graphic Design / Advertising

2012-Present: ARTspot Branding, design  and ongoing identity work

2009-2010 Freelance Design

1987-1995: New Design – Advertising, illustration & graphic design - Chicago IL & Seattle WA

1984-1986: Graphic Designer - worked with the following designer in various studios: Leo Monahan, Don Weller, Moshe Elemelich, Karen Lee  -  Los Angeles CA

1983-1984: Ad Agencies:  Frankel Advertising /  Byer Assoc. / various firms -  Chicago IL


1980–1982:  American Academy of Art - Associates Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising - Chicago, IL - Studied under Irving Shapiro.

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  

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