The Day I Painted a Fire Hydrant

I painted a fire hydrant today! My last action as an Oak Harbor Arts Commissioner (and guinea pig for a cool new program the commission is launching soon) was to paint the first fire hydrant downtown on Pioneer Way. The program will be modeled after similar programs in other cities where fire hydrants and/or utility boxes are painted to enliven the city.  Painting a circular, uneven surface from top, side and upside down with thick latex paint made me especially grateful for the flat surface and watercolor paper I normally paint on!!

Coastal Art Sale on July 3

In preparation for my August move to Santa Fe, I am having a ONE-DAY-ONLY SALE on all my remaining coastal original art, prints, and cards on July 3 exclusively at Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville.  Also, there will be no online sales July 1 to September 1 while I move and get settled.

 

Star of the Tidepool Accepted in Juried Show

I’m honored to announce that “Star of the Tidepool” has been accepted into the Juried Gallery for the Edmonds Arts Festival in Edmonds, WA.  This is one of my all-time favorite coastal pieces so I’m thrilled that it will be in this juried show.

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Save the Date – Spring Art Show in April

I’m very excited about this joint show with artist Kristin Nelson of Vit Ceramics and Kri Kri Studio in Seattle.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 8.  Directions here.  Bring a friend!

Coastal Holiday 2016

gifttag1compThis holiday season I’m offering two special card designs and cool starfish and sea urchin gift tags.

While all these holiday offerings are available while supplies last at Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville, my coastal gift tags are also available through my online shop.  They’re perfect for West Coast, East Coast, Gulf Coast – well, any coastal holiday gift-giving.

All designs are from original watercolor paintings. Enjoy and happy holidays to all!

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Just Released: Local Landscapes

This is one of my favorite series to date because I get to share views of the places that make my Whidbey Island home so special to me.  The first six pieces in the initial release of Local Landscapes are now available exclusively at Penn Cove Gallery here in Coupeville.

More info about these little landscapes here on my website.

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Online Shopping

Just in time for the holidays, you can now shop.  Card sets, prints and products are available through my online shop.

My original paintings, cards, prints, and products are available year round at Penn Cove Gallery as well as special shows, exhibits, and during the annual Whidbey Island Open Studio Tour.

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Inspiration: Southern Utah Red Rock Country

Posted in Travel Sketchbook

I just visited old and new friends in Torrey, Utah which is only a few miles from the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park – one of Utah’s five National Parks. Late October proved to be the perfect time to photograph – and now paint – Southern Utah’s stunning red rock landscape.  My first paintings were little watercolor bookmarks to thank my friends for a magical time in the land of red rock and dark sky.

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Sketchbook Bookmarks – One of a Kind Originals

It started in the studio one day as I was trying to think of ways to use pieces of watercolor paper trimmed off when I size my paintings.  It turned into a fun set of little original pieces of art – in the form of pretty bookmarks.  Each is 2 x 8″ and each is an original work using ink on 140lb watercolor paper.

These little pretties are available at Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville here on Whidbey Island for $10 each.

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Now Serving on the WA State Arts Commission

Posted in Events

logo-artswa-washington-state-arts-commission_origI’m honored and delighted to share with you that I’ve been appointed by Governor Inslee to serve on the Washington State Arts Commission. You can read the announcement here.

ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission, a state government agency established in 1961. The commission speaks up for the public value of the arts, builds leadership in and for the arts, strengthens arts education in our public schools, builds participation in the arts, and acquires and cares for artwork in the State Art Collection – sited at our K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies.

ArtsWA programs include: Art in Public Places, Arts in Education, Poetry Out Loud, grants to organizations, WA Poet Laureate, Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards, and special projects.