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Abstraction is the process of taking away or removing characteristics from something to reduce it to some set of essential characteristics. Abstraction uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Abstract art emphasizes moods and impressions and is characterized by the use of bold colors and geometric shapes and lines.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Endeavors

It's been quite awhile since I've posted an entry….

Just took some new paintings to my favorite gallery, Bush Barn Art Gallery in Salem, Oregon. Salem Art Association These were so much fun to create that you may see some more in the future. It's a series of 4 entitled "Germinate with Me"….here is one….

Last year I joined a wonderful co-op gallery in Silverton, Oregon called Lunaria Gallery. It's in a small community and with a lot of tourists coming to visit the popular Oregon Gardens. The gallery has 24 diversified artists with a lot of talent. This month (April) I have a solo show with over 50 pieces of art. My passion is still oil and cold wax. The title of my current show there is "Convergence". The show highlights assemblage pieces with found objects and vintage pieces, encaustic work, acrylic and mixed media, and of course oil and cold wax. These are a few:

I'm also busy teaching oil and cold wax classes. The Art Department located in Salem, Oregon has a wonderful room for us to spread out and create. My next class in May is titled 'Simple Abstract Lanscapes in Oil & Cold Wax'.

Today I just finished an energetic and exciting 4 day workshop in Portland, Oregon which was held through the Watercolor Society of Oregon of which I am a member. The workshop was with the very knowledgeable and prolific artist Robert Burridge. He is such a character with lots of funny stories and very open to sharing his secrets and wealth of marketing knowledge. And did I say "I love his art!"

Friday, July 5, 2013

Oil & Cold Wax Obsession

I was first introduced to this wonderful medium in 2011 when I took a workshop at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology from Allen Cox. A few months ago I took an online class from Judy Wise which was  another wonderful experience. Since then, I've produced over 20 new pieces of art in cold wax. I am a gallery artist for Salem Art Association/Bush Barn Art Center where they asked me to be a featured artist for the month of June. I was able to display 10 of my new pieces on a 25 ft wall. This opportunity helped push my personal boundaries with this wonderful medium.

I've struggled for the the past few years to find one medium that puts the spark in my creative juices. Oil and cold wax has certainly done that. With a lot of positive feedback from friends and fellow artists I have decided to plunge into teaching a class for those interested in this medium. The class will be a 4 week, one day week class in October at The Art Department Supply store in Salem, Oregon.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gotta Love the Square........

It's a little early to start a new year's resolution, but I why wait until January? So I am going to try to update my blog at least once a month. 

I've delivered new art for the holidays to 3 different events. Salem Art Association http://salemart.org has 2 shows which I am involved in. The first is ArtMarket which is in the Focus Gallery. A portion of the proceeds go to the educational foundation. This show features a select number of artists, which were asked to produce inexpensive art out of our normal realm.  I created a series of 6 plaster, encaustic and transfer pieces which I call "BirdNests". These are small 6x6 framed, and all have a piece of tree bark that I collected on my walks in Pacific City.   

"Bird Nest #2", mixed media, 6 x 6

I also created 4 smaller similar items which I call "Habitat". These all have a different 'tree' image.

"Habitat #3", mixed media, 3 x 5 

The second holiday event is the Holiday Showcase, also at Salem Art Association Bush Barn Art Center.

I have several pieces there, some mixed media, some oil paintings, some acrylic. These are just a few samples that I am really please with the outcome.

"Distant View 1", oil, 6 x 6 

"Distant View 3", oil, 6 x 6 

"Distant View 2", oil, 6 x 6

The third event is at River Gallery in Independence http://www.rivergalleryart.com. This is a popular gallery in a very small town near Salem. They specialize in fine art and folk art. I have been a contracted artist with this gallery for many years and enjoy the great staff and their wonderful receptions. This is a sample of some of the art that is displayed for their 2012 Holiday Show. 

"Nature's Habitat 2", 6 x 6, mixed media 

I must give a shout out to Lunaria Gallery in Silverton http://lunariagallery.com. I was a guest artist in a landscape show for the month of October and also a guest artist for a figurative show for November. I was lucky to have sold this painting that was hung in the figurative show!

So thank you Lunaria! 

"Gossip Girls", water soluble pencils, 16 x 16

Next on my art agenda is the10th Anniversary of "Something Red" an annual artwalk and exhibit. This event brings vitality, ambiance and a sense of arts-in-community to downtown Salem. Artists in Action artistsinaction.org is a group of about 145 artisans of which I am a board member. I will be submitting 2 paintings. All art has to feature the color red.

Continuing on my agenda will be Salem Art Assoication annual Clay Ball Fundraiser http://salemart.org/?p=7219http://. This is a formal evening featuring a three-course served dinner, fine wines, live musical entertainment and both live and silent auctions of fine art and exclusive experience packages. I will be donating a select piece of my art for this wonderful fundraising event. 

Phew, I think that's all for now! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Small Abstracts

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.”
Jim Jarmusch

Horizon Line #1
4x4 cradled panel

Horizon Line #2
4x4 cradled panel

Horizon Line #3
4x4 cradled panel

Horizon Line #4
4x4 cradled panel 

HorizonLine #5
4x4 cradled panel

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

These mixed media encaustics were made for my nieces, sister and mother for Christmas. For those that know me, I am all about repurposing. I use items that are hanging around my studio, yard and storage. Handmade papers, hymnal pages, pressed flowers from my backyard, used tea bags, scraps of lace and coffee !

Art is not living. It's the use of living. The artist has the ability to take that living and use it in a certain way, and produce art. - Audre Lorde

Love Love Encaustics !!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


The past few years bird paintings are everywhere. Over five years ago it was the preverbal pears on canvases, fabric, cards, everywhere you turn. So I resisted painting the birds. But, I finally caved and fell into the trap.

I told myself I would only do a small series. So here are four paintings of blue birds 4 x 4” each.

These are painted acrylic with music paper collaged on a

2 1/2” cradled wood panel, $95. each.

I hope you like these, because these are all you get !

Monday, February 28, 2011

Art Fair Celebration

I am pleased to announce that I am one of three finalists for this year’s
Salem Art Fair Poster contest !
The committee is asking the public to make the final decision by voting for their favorite painting. Currently the paintings are on display at the Bush Barn Art Center through March 31st. Please drop by and VOTE !

The winning design chosen by the public will be featured on T-shirts and other memorabilia for the fair, planned for July 15–17 in Bush’s Pas ture Park. The event is a major fundraiser for the Salem Art Association.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Blue Layers

2" x 3-1/2" x 3/4"
Acrylic on recycled wood block
$45. includes shipping


2-3/4" x 3-1/2" x 3/4"
Acrylic on recycled wood block
$65. includes shipping

Blue Floral

2-3/4" x 3-1/2" x 3/4"
Acrylic on recycled wood block
$65. includes shipping

Block Tower

2-3/4" x 3-1/2" x 3/4"
Acrylic on recycled wood block
$65. includes shipping

Blue Collage

2-3/4" X 3-1/2" X 3/4"
Collage on recycled wood block
$65. includes shipping

Friday, October 15, 2010

Landscape #5

6" x 6" Acrylic on 1-1/4" canvas,
$85. includes shipping

Landscape #6

6" x 6" Acrylic on 1-1/4" canvas,
$85. includes shipping