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I am in love with - smitten by - Nature.
I thrill at light dancing through a backlit leaf or flower petal or the radiance of a butterfly wing. Hundreds of vivid and subtle hues of color and luminosity surprise me. Like many people are touched by hearing music, I am deeply moved by color - sometimes near tears - with heartbreaking gratitude or giddy exhilaration.
Close observation of Nature is the best part about painting for me. Being still and seeing deeply; taking time to fall in love with what I see. Savoring an intimate connection with Creation. The graceful curve of a flower petal, the myriad shades of green in a single leaf, the unexpected shape of the horizon line all inspire me.
I am third generation, living on and caring for my rural wooded land-seeing the stars at night, hearing the coyotes yipping, watching the seasons shift. Some particular trees I have known since childhood. My heart’s passion for creativity is a direct connection to the power and mystery of the larger force that surrounds all of us. My hope is that my art communicates the intimacy, vitality, aliveness, and lusciousness of Nature.
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Galleries and Shows
Wild Arts Festival, Audubon benefit 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Portland, Oregon
As the Bee Sees: a Pollinator's Perspective, Beaverton Main Library; Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon State University,Covallis; Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon 2019. Hillsboro City Hall, Hillsboro, Oregon 2020
Ode to the Tides: Estuaries and Tidepools, invitational, Wetlands Conservancy benefit. Newport Art Association, Newport; Seaside; Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River; Beaverton City Hall, Oregon. Spring-Winter 2019,
Cawein Gallery, Pacific University, March 2018 Forest Grove, Oregon
Ryan Gallery Lincoln City, Oregon (Gallery closed)
Valley Art Gallery Featured Artist 2011, 2014, 2017 Forest Grove, Oregon
“Beaver Tales” invitational, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; State Capitol, Salem, Oregon; Seaside, Nehalem & Astoria, Oregon; Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon. Spring-Winter 2017
Fairweather Home & Gallery Featured Artist April 2016, May 2017, September 2017, Seaside, Oregon
Cannon Beach Art Association, Creatures (juried) show, May 2016, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Curiosa, Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cannon Beach Gallery Miniatures show November-December 2013, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Trilogy "Quick Draw" Wine-Art-Food, The Allison Inn, March 2012, Newberg, Oregon
Art Elements Gallery invitational Show, December 2011, Newberg, Oregon
Newburg Chamber of Commerce One Woman Show, December 2011, Newberg, Oregon
Sitka Art Invitational November 2011, Portland, Oregon
Chehalem Art Fest July 2011, Newburg, Oregon. Juried show, Voted “Best Booth"
Sequoia Gallery Featured Artist show, August 2010, Hillsboro, Oregon
Village Gallery of Art 2010, Portland Oregon
Commercial and permanent Collections
University of Portland, School of Nursing, Portland, Oregon
Linfield University, Library, Mcminnville, Oregon
Oregon Food Bank, Headquarters, Portland, Oregon
Meals on Wheels People, Portland, Oregon
Pacific University, Science building, Forest Grove, Oregon
Marjorie House Memory Care, McMinnville, Oregon
Wetlands Conservancy, Portland, Oregon
PacificSource corporate offices, Portland, Oregon
Tillamook Health Center, Tillamook, Oregon
Althea Wellness Center, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital, Newport, Oregon
Law Offices of Littler Mendelson, Portland, Oregon
Law Offices of Kell, Alterman & Runstein, Portland, Oregon
Private Collections: Many pieces of art in private collections in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, California, Texas, New York, France and England.
Oregon Art Commission, Artist Relief Grant 2021
Regional Arts and Culture Council, Project Grant 2019
Yes Project Micro Grant 2019
Regional Arts and Culture Council, Professional Development Grant 2016-17
Washington County Open Studio participating Artist 7 years, chairperson fundraising committee 2017
Oregon Society of Artists
Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, Interdisciplinary Studies (Health, Psychology & Art), Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR 1982
Relevant work and life experience
2009-present: North Woods LLC, Manager & Marketing Director. Providing Pacific Northwest Hardwoods (reclaimed or sustainably harvested) for wood artisans and wood turners.
1998-2003/2008-2011: Cloud Mountain Board of Directors, Castle Rock, WA, a non-sectarian Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center, 501C3
2006-2009: Evergreen Investments Corporation, President. Designed 22 new homes on the Oregon Coast; Chose color schemes, materials, style; Completed interior decorating for multiple homes
1995-1998: Volunteer Teacher for Tibetan Nun’s Project, under the auspices of HH the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India. Subsequent fundraising for Tibetan Nun’s Project, USA, 501C3
1982-2008: Licensed Massage Technician, Psychophysical Therapeutic focus
1982- 1995: Therapist training, extensive graduate level courses in various modalities
1987-1995: Meditation teacher, Cloud Mountain, Castle Rock, WA, a non-sectarian Buddhist retreat center, 501C3