Art has always been a part of my life, and the Pacific Northwest offers a continually changing palette from which to draw inspiration. My studio shelves are filled with reference books and collections of bugs, feathers and dragonflies that I refer to for the accuracy and detail recognized in my work. I consider myself a self-taught artist; however, I attend occasional workshops for continued confidence and inspiration. I am frequently asked where I studied Oriental design and, to me, this just comes naturally. If it looks balanced and feels right, that is the way it goes down on paper. I have worked with watercolor and oil, and find that working with pencil allows more precision, control of detail, and depth.
It takes considerable time and patience to complete my works of Nature. I find this to be quite meditative and therapeutic. You will often see torn edges and bug-bitten leaves. This is as we see them, not cosmetically repaired or ignored. We live in a beautiful world, it is not perfect, and that is ok. When working, my thoughts return to the quiet places of the woods and ponds, and I strive to emulate this. If you feel a sense of quietude and tranquility when viewing my work, then I have successfully conveyed my thoughts and feelings to you.
I currently self-publish my original work on cards, calendars and journals, doing all computer design and layout, printing, packaging and marketing. With income from my publishers, galleries, shows and personal sales, I am able to support myself as a “working artist” and gratefully devote my time completely to my art.
The OPB – Oregon Art Beat Feature goes into more detail – enjoy my part of the feature in the video below.
In 2007, my Mandala series was purchased by Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon and is now included in their permanant art collection. Many beautiful works of art created by artists of Yamhill County, Oregon comprise the complete collection that now graces the Oncology/Radiology Department of the new OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavillion.
Please note that my work is © registered with the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Do not download, copy or reproduce in any manner without my consent.