ABOUT ME

A native of Kirkland, I consider the Pacific Northwest to be the most wonderful part of the country! Of course I?m biased, but the moderate temperatures, green landscapes, the ability to go from ocean to snow-covered mountains to eastern Washington desert all in the space of an hour or two... well, it suits me, so I?ll always call this place home. 

ARTIST STATEMENT  In the White Tree Series I continue my fascination in the integration of loose abstraction and precise detail, resulting in rough landscapes containing highly refined structures of leafless trees. Masa paper proves to be a unique and interesting surface upon which to work; the tree structures are partially formed from white space left in the watercolor underpainting and then augmented by adding many layers of a gouache/acrylic paint mixture. Colored pencil reinforces surface texture and by varying the consistency of overpainting and amount of washes I can achieve a 3-dimensional effect of branches stacked against each other in space. In these pieces I gravitate towards a muted palette dominated by blue/green and heavily influenced by nature, and this supports the general theme of this series. I find that in all my paintings the detail work is very much a meditative process, and striking the balance between rigid structure and spontaneity is reflective of my own personal challenges and is what breathes life into my most successful pieces.


AFFILIATIONS
VALA (Venues for Artists in the Local Area), founding board member, 2010 - 2012
Eastside Association of Fine Arts (EAFA), member since 2009
Artist's Trust, member 2014 - present
Parklane Gallery, Kirkland WA, member since 2005, Board member since 2006
Parklane Board: President, 2006-2010, 2015 - present | Treasurer 2011-2012 | Secretary 2013, 2014

EDUCATION
1985 The Art Institute of Seattle. AA in Visual Communication / Commercial Art
1983 Western Washington University. BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in drawing and painting

JURIED SHOWS
"Trees Show" Mukilteo Art & Frame, Mukilteo WA, December 2012
"20th Annual International Juried Miniature Show" Parklane Gallery, Kirkland WA, May 2012
"EAFA 36th Annual Open Juried Exhibition" Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA, Nov'11-Jan'12
"19th Annual International Juried Miniature Show" Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA, May 2011
"ICON Show" Fraker/Scott Gallery, Seattle WA, July 2011
"EAFA Gallery 1st Juried Exhibition" Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA, Dec'10-Jan'11
"Northlake Gallery Juried Exhibition" Bellevue, WA, 2007
"EAFA 32nd Annual EAFA Juried Exhibition" Redmond City Hall, Redmond WA, 2007

EXHIBITIONS
Featured Artist, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland WA, September 2012
Featured Artist, HansenScott Gallery, Seattle WA, August 2012
Presenting Artist, Featured Entrepreneur Event, ThinkSpace Redmond WA, September 2011
Featured Artist, Gallery North, Edmonds WA, May 2010
Featured Artist, Cosi's Restaurant, Woodinville and Mill Creek, WA. Feb-Aug. 2008
Demonstrating Artist, "Kirkland Uncorked", Kirkland WA, 2007

AWARDS
Newbie Award - "Apple Picnic" - 2016 Cider Miniature Show
Originality of Style - "A Perch Above All Others" - 2016 Winter Show of Small Works, Parklane Gallery
6th Sponsor Award - "Apple Picnic", 2016 Parklane Gallery Miniature Show
People's Choice - "Homestead in the Valley" - 2016 Puyallup Fair Miniature Show
People's Choice - "Redbird" - 2016 Puyallup Fair Miniature Show
People's Choice - "Pussywillow Whisper" - 2014 Puyallup Fair Miniature Show