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As a contemporary landscape artist, I paint to express my connection to the natural world, using mixed media. Each piece is a tap into the unplugged beauty and peace of nature. As a life-long outdoor explorer, I’ve experienced beauty in natural landscapes and ecosystems. I draw from these experiences as inspiration for my work.
I apply texture to gesso layers to discover elements of a “story” in each piece. Layers of squares represent elements of the landscape, grass or leaves are imprinted into the surface and imprints of circles are symbols of bird song.
I find nature is a release and a spiritual connection back to the self. In an effort to describe this connection, I scribble words into my paintings. Notes from my backpacking art journals, nature writings or poetry become a part of the visual surface and establish a connection to the viewer.
In this way, I hope to remind our society about the importance of having space to explore our world and connect to the serenity and peace we find when we unplug from our digital culture. I hope to use this platform to start that discussion and continue it by preserving our wild spaces.
Wildland Bird Series
Birding has been a passion in my life since 6th grade. In 2019, I decided to paint birds from my life list. Always seeking new species, my list continues to expand. These are birds from near and far, dependent on my travels. With each sale, I donate a percentage of my proceeds to the Audubon Society.
Awards and Other Notes
I have won awards for my paintings and have collectors ranging up the West Coast from Alaska to California, the Midwest, Colorado, Italy and Paris. I am a member of American Women Artists, National Association of Women Artists, Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists, and a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.
When I’m not painting, hiking, or traveling from my Pacific Northwest home and studio, I teach watercolor and painting techniques regionally, nationally and abroad. In 2016, I began Art Adventures, where I provide art retreats to varying locations. During these retreats, I teach daily art lessons as we experience local culture and food, friendship, art immersion, and spirituality of the land.
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