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Photo by E. Calderon

Current Resume/Art

 

STATEMENT

"Making art is having a contract with an idea....Drawing, to me, is a meditative state where I enter a world of calm reflection and interpretation. Sometimes (often) the result is a surprise!" I have a passion for trees, they are heroes of the environment and I wish to honor them. My approach is to take a non-traditional look by bringing the viewer's focus up close to examine shadows and textures for an intimate visual experience. These are mostly drawn with graphite, some with an addition in colored pencil. The still life work is done mostly in colored pencil, some with the addition of a graphite element. Here I enjoy another artistic continuum but I like to bring the drawings into a contemporary format with the use of negative space and careful composition. Because I am very interested in other cultures I like to use various folk artifacts to make visual statements about diversity. Stones are another reoccurring theme in my work. I enjoy exploring their shapes and textures and, again, bringing the viewer up close for an intimate look at a segment of the landscape. These drawing are entirely done with colored pencil!"
 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014
 
WPW Annual Members Exhibition, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle
19th Annual Juried Art Show, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA
2013
Trees in Art, Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Weyerhaeuser Grounds, Federal Way, WA
Trees in Art, Northwind Art Center, Pt. Townsend, WA
WPW Traveling Show, Celebrations, Everett, Seattle, Olympia, Pt. Townsend, Ellensburg, WA
WPW Membership Exhibitions, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle
Edmonds Arts Festival Museum, Former Arts Commissioners Exhibition, Edmonds, WA
 
2012
 
WPW Membership Exhibitions, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle
 
 
2011
Whatcom Museum, "Fate of the Forest," Bellingham, WA
WPW Membership and Annual Exhibitions, Seattle
Celebrating Trees, Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, WA
Honoring Trees, Miller Library, Univ of Washington Botanical Gardens, Seattle
2010
Women Painters of Washington Gallery Exhibitions, Columbia Center, Seattle
WPW Spring Membership Exhibition, Bothell, WA
The Forest for the Trees, Dept of Ecology, Lacey, WA
2008–2009
Women Painters of Washington Gallery Exhibitions, Columbia Center, Seattle
2008
Struga, Macedonia, Exhibition of work done while in Peace Corps
2006–2008
Peace Corps Volunteer, Macedonia
2006
Signature Showcase CPSA Invitational, Delray Beach, FL
Celebrations III, WPW Exhibition, Columbia Center Gallery, Seattle
2005
Explore This! CPSA Exhibition, La Jolla, CA
An Enduring Legacy; Women Painters of Washington, 1930-2005, Whatcom Museum of History& Art, Bellingham
CPSA13th International Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Celebration! WPW Exhibition, Columbia Center, Gallery, Seattle
2004
Three Person Exhibit, Olympic Community College, Bremerton, WA
2003
WPW Juried Shows, University House, Wallingford & Issaquah, WA
Edmonds Art Festival, 1999-2003
2002
Leavitt & Leavitt, Memorial Exhibit for Dan, Mercer Island Gallery, Seattle
CPSA 10th International Exhibition, Ft. Worth,TX
Puget Sound Country, juried annuals, Seattle, 2002-2004
NW Color II, Hon. Mention, Washington State Trade & Convention Center, Seattle
Leavitt & Leavitt, Edmonds Community College
2001
Solution Exhibition, Edmonds Arts Festival Museum Gallery
"Epic Passages," Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle
CPSA 9th International Exhibit, San Francisco, CA
2000
"Gateway" WPW Exhibit, Sea-Tac International Airport
WPW 70th Anniversary Membership Show, Edmonds Community College
"Millennium Images," Best in Show, WA State Trade & Convention Center, Seattle
1999
"Millennium Images," Ahmed al-Adwah Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Women Painters of Washington (WPW)
Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), Signature Status
Signature member "Trees in Art" since 2009