Our landscape reveals how humans and nature transform each other over time. I have witnessed the nature of this interaction growing up in the northwest and living on both sides of the Cascade Mountains where urban growth swept across fertile valleys and agricultural development over shrub-steppe landscape. There is a struggle to see our environment as economic development, abundant farmland or romantic pristine landscape. These vying perceptions create tensions about how land could or should be used. In response, nature shows us that shifting the natural order can lead to circumstances that threaten habitats, communities and livelihoods. Observing this landscape over time has allowed me to witness the change in human behavior and the environment in which we live in the northwest. This provides ideas to contemplate in my work.
My work comes from a love of drawing. The silhouettes are drawn on black Arches and cut with an exacto knife. They act as companions to the shadows, felting and sculptural elements.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 Views, Shoreline Community College Gallery, Shoreline,WA.
2012 Helen Smith Gallery, Green River Community College,Auburn,WA.
2012 Robert Graves Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee,WA.
2011 Species, Skagit Valley College Gallery, Mount Vernon,WA.
1999 Apparitions, Spokane Art School Gallery, Spokane,WA.
1994 Out-Comes, Chase Gallery, City Hall, Spokane,WA.
1991 Northview Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, OR.
1987 Structure, Tension, Time, Place, View, Chase Gallery, City Hall, Spokane, WA
1983 Gallery Two, Washington State University, Pullman,WA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Here to There: Topographic Conversations with Morris Graves, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
2015 Duel Nature: Draw,Cut and Burn, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA
2015 Here to There: Topographic Conversations with Morris Graves, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
2014 Art of the Wild, Columbia Art Center, Mount Hood, Oregon
2014 Maude Kearns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon
2013 Anacortes Arts Festival, Arts at the Port
2013 North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
2012 Strands: Draw, Cut, Write, Stitch, Anchor Art Space, Anacortes.WA.
2011 Flora and Fauna, Smith and Vallee Gallery, Edison,WA.
2011 Schools of Thought, ARTSWEST, Seattle,WA.
2011 Spokane Arts Commission: All Media Juried Show, Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA.
2010 Traps, Anchor Art Space, Anacortes,WA.
2010 Long Drawn Out Process:Group Drawing Exhibition,Anchor Art Space, Anacortes WA.
2010 Smith and Vallee Gallery, Edison,WA.
2010 3rd Annual CVG Juried Exhibition, Bremerton,WA.
2009 11th Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Exhibit, Port Townsend, WA.
2009 Envisioning Cascadia, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles,WA.
2007 Peace, Another Roadside Attraction Gallery, Mount Vernon,WA.
2004 Heads, Edison Eye Gallery, Edison, WA
2000 Northwest Annual Juried Exhibition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham,WA.
1999 Ink People Gallery, Humboldt CA.
1996 13th Annual Lewis and Clark Exhibition, Lewiston, ID.
1996 13th Annual Gallery 76 Juried show, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee,WA.
1994 Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA.
1993 Northwest Departures Gallery, Anacortes,WA.
1992 Northwest International Juried Exhibition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham,WA.
1991 Aids in Our Valley, SVC Foundation Gallery, Mount Vernon,WA.
1990 Pacific Northwest Drawing Invitational, E.W.U., Cheney,WA.
2010 Artist Trust GAP Grant
2009 Merit Award, 11TH Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Exhibition
1996 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA.
Press and Publications
2011 book cover, Necessity of Flight, Cherry Grove Collections, Cincinnati, OH.
1996 Crosscurrents, Washington State Humanities, Washington, WA.
1994 Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA.
1990 Bellingham Review, Spring Issue, Bellingham, WA.
Island Hospital, Anacortes, WA
Skagit Regional Clinics, Mount Vernon, WA
McDonalds’ Regional Offices, McDonalds Corporation, Spokane, WA.
Washington State Arts Commission Percent for Arts Program, Olympia, WA.
Lectures and Workshops
2013 North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene Idaho
2012 Wenatchee Valley College
2011 Skagit Valley College
2000 Museum of Northwest Art, LaConnor,WA.
2000 Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA.
Education and Selected Attended Workshops
2001 CIEE International Faculty Seminar, University of Westminster, London, U.K.
1981 MACI Eastern Washington State University, Cheney, WA.
1979 Yale Acre Summer Institute, Fort Wright College, Spokane WA.
1978 MFA Program Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1974 BA Studio Painting, Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA.
Selected Work Hstory
1986 -2008 Instructor of Art, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA.
1980 -1986 Instructor of Art, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA.
2011-2014 Board Member, Anchor Art Space, Anacortes
2009 Juror, City of Ferndale Public Art Purchase
2008-11 Board Member, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes,WA.
2001-08 Education Committee, Museum of Northwest Art, La ConnorWA.
1987-89 Board Member, Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon, WA.
1987-89 Board Member, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA.
1985-86 Director, Touchstone Center for the Visual Arts, Spokane, WA