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"

Fall News and Nov 21 Opening/Holiday Exhibition

Detail of Through a Garden Lens

Cold and rain have arrived and the holidays are right around the corner, which makes me nostalgic about those lazy summer days (though I certainly don't miss the heat!). I've been busy the last month creating a series of botanical vignettes, vertical narrow pieces that harken back to the season of endless sun and warmth. Works are now on view at the Columbia City Gallery. I hope you'll consider joining me and more than 20 other artists for the opening this Saturday, Nov 21, from 5-8 pm at 4864 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118. It's our annual holiday show, and it looks to be one of our best shows yet!

I'm also excited to announce that I've created mini calendars showing artwork created during the last year. They should be arriving from the printers just in time for the opening. These are 5 x 7", unbound, suitable for putting up on a bulletin board or on the fridge, and when the month is over, the calendar can be trimmed away leaving a 5 x 5" image. In the new year I'm looking forward to creating some really cool pieces. I have some great ideas involving new construction techniques, shapes and forms - I can't wait to share them.

In October, I participated in the Artist Trust EDGE professional development program, which is a great program that aims to help artists learn and grow their professional practice. I spent a week in Port Townsend, WA, with 17 other artists of all mediums (and only 2 other photographers). I was able to focus on my artistic career, thinking about where I want to go and how to get there. It was a great experience and I met a whole group of new friends and peers. There was a lot to take in, and I expect I'll be putting some of the things I learned into practice over the next few years and beyond.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay warm everyone.
 

Summer of Encaustics

Summer is in full swing, and temperatures are in the '90s here in Seattle. Perfect time to set up the hot plate and make some more encaustics(!!!). I spent the July 4th holiday printing up three new works, mounting them to panels, then making a fresh batch of encaustic medium before applying it to the panels. They've just been delivered to the Columbia City Gallery where the hanging committee is busy laying out and installing all the pieces. I'm excited to share the gallery with the Northwest Encaustics, who will be featured in our guest gallery this month. If you like encaustics, this will be a great show.

I've been busy this summer shooting lots of raw material to have on hand in preparation of new pieces. I'm trying to incorporate more symbolism in my images, and to provide more of a story line undertone. With that in mind, I've included the American flag in a new piece, "Memorial." I hope the new direction is successful. If you'd like to check out this new batch of work, join me Saturday, July 11, from 5-8 pm for the opening at the gallery, on the main drag in Columbia City.

Printing and trimming photos at the Photographic Center Northwest, in their lovely air-conditioned facilty!

Printing and trimming photos at the Photographic Center Northwest, in their lovely air-conditioned facilty!


Multiple Facets Preparation (Show Opening 2/28)

Been busy the last 2 months getting ready for a featured show at the Columbia City Gallery. Opening night will be Saturday, Feb 28, from 5-8 pm. The theme is "Multiple Facets," so I've decided to make mixed media pieces rather than my typical framed photographs. The media will be photographs mounted to wood panels (hand built), with encaustic. Several of the works will be on multiple panels comprising a single piece, while the actual imagery is comprised of multiple layers of film. It's a big departure from my past work, and I've been super excited working on it and in the hand-building process. Here are some process images to whet your appetite. The encaustic application is happening this weekend, and the work gets turned in on Sunday. Next week I'll have more photos of the actual installation to provide, so stay tuned...