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"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. The art happens somewhere between what my eyes see and my hand interprets.

I have a passion for trees; they are heroes of the environment and I want to honor them in my current work. This work consists of large graphite drawings done on multiple sheets of paper. These create their own mood along with the image. I want to bring the viewer's focus up close to examine shadows and textures for an intimate visual experience.

In my older work the graphite tree drawings may have an insert of a colored pencil element to add interest. I also did a series of rock drawings, all in colored pencil, with a close-up presentation for a different aspect of landscape.

The still life work is mostly done in colored pencil. I use negative space as a forceful element in the drawings and to bring them into a contemporary format. Because I am very interested in other cultures, I like to use various folk artifacts to make visual statements about diversity.....Enjoy!


2019 On Location, WPW Gallery exhibition, Seattle, WA
Collective Visions Gallery, juried show, Bremerton, WA
Invitational Solo Exhibit, Cascadia Art Museum, Edmonds, April 10 - June 30
2018 Drawing Discourse, 9th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, UNC, Asheville, North Carolina
Portraits Without People, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle, WA
Fusion; Women Painters of Washington Spring Juried Show, Gallery at the Park, Richland, WA
Skagit Artists Fall Exhibition, juried show, Arts Alive, 2nd place, La Conner, WA
2017 Point of Lead, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle, WA
"Revering Nature," Invitational Show, Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Bainbridge Island,WA
2016 Women Artists Coast to Coast - West, WPW and NAWA juried show, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
"Revering Nature," Invitational Show, Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon, WA
Solo show of colored pencil drawings, University Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA
Big Show, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle, WA
Juried Show, 3rd Annual Living Mark Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR
18th Annual Juried Show, Expressions Northwest, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA
2015 Auburn City Hall Gallery, Invitational, January 30 - February 27
Visual Voices, WPW Juried Show, Larson Gallery, Yakima Community College, WA
Black & White + one. Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle
Into the Woods: Leavitt/Meyers/Weiner, Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, OR
Wild About Trees Exhibition, Group Exhibit of Trees in Art, The Gallery at Grace, Bainbridge Island, WA
WPW Painting Poetry Fall Show, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle

2014 Objectification, Annual Invitational. Smith and Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA
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

Women Painters of Washington Gallery Exhibitions, Columbia Center, Seattle
2008 Struga, Macedonia, Exhibition of work done while in Peace Corps
Peace Corps Volunteer, Macedonia
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


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