Featured Exhibition at Columbia City Gallery

I'm pleased to introduce a new series of minimalist botanical imagery now up at the Columbia City Gallery, the cooperative gallery that I'm a member of. The opening night party will be from 5-7 pm on Sat, Sept. 30 (the last Saturday of the month) in South Seattle in downtown Columbia City. These are very large works - the images are 32x32" framed (that's almost 3 feet!). The large scale works well to highlight their graphic quality, and really immerse yourself in the color and feeling. I've included a few snapshots of the work, on the left, the final framed piece, and on the right, testing out matt colors and framing samples to decide on a final presentation. 

This series brings my exploration of photographing the natural world full circle, from my origins as a landscape photographer, through my explorations of layered and colored encaustic mixed media works, and back to straight photography. In this latest iteration, I bring a conceptual and graphic sensibility to botanical subject matter. The exhibition runs September 27 - November 12 (Weds-Sun, 11am - 7 pm).

The event is open to the public - feel free to bring friends and family (all ages). There will be light refreshments and wine servied. Make it a fun evening out and explore the many unique restaurants, music venues, and movie theater in the neighborhood. If you haven't been here before, it's a gem!.

 

 

And the results are in!

I've gotten film developed from a few recent trips to the Palouse area of Eastern Washington (close to Pullman), taken late May through August. After shooting super minimalist images in Seattle for the past several years, think lots of negative (ie, empty) space and overcast skies, it's been a shock to see such strong vibrant colors show up on my film. 

Getting film developed is just as excited as opening Christmas presents. I've enjoyed going through so many rolls of landscape images and trying to pick my favorites. I've scanned a few and cleaned them up for some summer exhibits, but I have so many still left to get to. It will be fun dealing with them when Seattle turns to the ever-present grey rain clouds this winter and I need a dose of saturated color. Full size images are in the Landscapes gallery. 

Palouse Photosafari

It's been several years since I've done landscape photography, being busy with developing the photo encaustic series, Imagined Places. Earlier this month I caught the road trip bug and took a trip out to the Palouse area of Eastern Washington (that's the bottom right corner of the state). I've been there before, but never so early in the year. It was so beautiful that I decided I had to go back a second time, during Memorial Day weekend, for a quick trip. It feels like coming home, being out in the eastern side of my favorite state. 

There's nothing like the great silence, the hot sun beating down, the clouds slowly rolling across the sky, the sound of growing wheat shushing in the wind. The drone of an insect is all that disturbs the silence. There are so few cars and people out there. I love going out on those primitive gravel roads, getting lost, and seeing such beautiful country. 

Here are a few quick images, while I get my film developed and scanned. Images are also posted on my instagram feed.

Holiday Sale at West Seattle Art Walk - December 8

A quick announcement: I'll be participating the West Seattle Art Walk on December 9, 2016 in the Windermere office in the Alaska junction, from 5-8 pm. I'll have greeting cards and prints available for sale. All work priced very inexpensively for gift giving. And if you get something for yourself? Who am I to judge. 

I have cards available including several from the Botanical and Imagined Places series. Prints available as 5x5" and 8x8", which work well with many standard framing sizes.

 

Two Spring Exhibits

It's a busy spring! In addition to spending every weekend photographing all the budding trees, in all stages of growth, I have 2 exhibitions with openings, the same week (and the first week of spring, how apropos). The first is an exhibit curated by Anna Macrae and June Sekiguchi at Aljoya Mercer Island, titled "Rhythms of Nature" on Sunday, March 20 from 2-4 pm. This is an invitational show of which I'm one of 5 artists dealing with botanical elements. There are some really fabulous artists on display, so I'm quite honored to be included among them. I have a brand new piece I'm showing, "Premonition" a large triptych in blues, greens, and yellows, in addition to several smaller element studies. Full details are listed below, and the show runs through July 10.  

The second exhibit opening is Tues, March 22 from 6-8 pm at Gallery Belltown Condominium at 2911 Second Ave, Seattle 98121. Show runs through April 7. I have 17 pieces on display, a mix of landscape photography and photo encaustics. I'm exhibiting alongside the beautiful paint, paper, and collages of Nola Ahola. 

Jan 16 Opening Night and a Look Back at 2015

I've just completed what I believe to be one of my best pieces ever, September in Eden, and it has just been delivered and put on display at the Columbia City Gallery. Opening night for the 6 week exhibit is this Saturday, Jan 16, from 5-8 pm. I'll be in attendance along with many of our 26-member cooperative gallery artists. The photo of the piece just does not do it justice, it's much better in person, so I hope to see some of you in person. The gallery also has our annual Silent Secret Auction, running Jan 13 - 24. I have three older photographs available at exceptionally low prices to help them find a new forever home. The 3 works are 14.5 x 14.5" prints, framed to 20 x 20" in contemporary black wood frames.

2015 was a year of important decisions and progressions in my art making. I started in a new artistic direction with these layered/collaged photographs and with the encaustic process which debuted in my February 2015 featured show. It was so exciting to have something NEW and so completely different from any previous work. I strongly suspected at the time that this would be a new body of work that would take a few years to put together, but I've come to realize I think the work is significantly more like a complete paradigm shift. I think it's the work I'm going to be making for many many years to come. I still get as amped up and excited about the possibilities for new pieces now as I did when I first developed the process. 

In 2014, I jumped back into making photography after a long hiatus. I joined a cooperative gallery (The Columbia City Gallery), and committed to exhibiting 6 times per year. But in 2015 I started to take it all a bit more serious. I began looking to the future, thinking and determining what I wanted to accomplish with my art practice. I began to connect more with the arts community in the northwest. I applied and was accepted into the Artist Trust EDGE professional development for artists program. I spent a lot of time talking about art with fellow artist friends. I began to make a plan for "what next?".

In the short term, I will continue to make art and continue building a body of work. In the longer term, I will be looking for a formal studio space (ie, not in my apartment). I will be looking for exhibit opportunities to show beyond my gallery. I hope to continue making larger and more complex artworks. And I'll continue to develop my work into new and interesting directions.

Thank you all for your appreciation and support so far! 

 September in Eden, 2016, Photo and Encaustic on Wood Panel (triptych), 36 x 36"

September in Eden, 2016, Photo and Encaustic on Wood Panel (triptych), 36 x 36"