art journal winter-spring 2022-23
brimming with art and gifts
Enjoy browsing through five plus rooms of fine art, wearable art, and gifts crafted from treasures gathered from garden, woodlands, and seashore.
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Visit my lakeside home-studio at
4137 116th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Call me at my landline phone number at page bottom to arrange a visit.
reflecting on visibleinvisible
thirty years of art business
Over thirty years ago...
In the spring of 1992, I walked into the (former) Washington State Department of Licensing office in West Olympia and registered a sole proprietorship in art business. Back then, we filled out physical paperwork. A few years later I registered the name visibleinvisible as well.
In '92 I was creating large, black and white drawings of plant behavior - tropism as metaphor for what we pursue in life, and what we avoid.
My drawings in graphite led me to opportunites to create in stone lithography (drawing on limestone and printing) with Trilobite Press and master printer Craig Cornwall.
And then over the many years, I've created in all the traditional art media, and also in public art, glass, and dye-painted silk.
I'm enjoying discovering the properties of transparent oil paints. Using layers of rich glazes reminds me of my work in stained glass combined with printmaking, but more immediate. I'm charting out my new colors with mixes and overlays of each.
Then I want to maximize on oil paint's greatest attributes - its transparency, its opacity, and its drying time. I feel like I've gone back to art school. Fun!
Here below are some paintings in oils and in pastels in my December 2022 studio show.
A few springs ago, I engaged a self-challenge to paint for fifty consecutive days. I painted in watercolors.
Click or tap here to see and read more on my fifty days of painting.
and garden-inspired watercolors...
In spring of 2020, with the virus keeping us all home, I challenged myself to thirty days of painting - Monday-Friday, for six weeks. This time I painted in oil paint on canvas, and in a few dry pastels on colorfix paper.
I put any free time into the studio, and challenged myself to work small and try to complete five paintings a week. This was a bit ambitious. I ended up painting on Saturdays also, to complete the paintings that required additional time.
Click or tap here to see more...
select past commissions
I'm pleased to announce my first completed installation of silk laminated within glass. The artwork fills the spaces between open trusses of a residential interior. The photo at right two of four panels. Click to see more.
As students, faculty, and visitors enter Gilson Middle School in Valdez, Alaska, they are greeted by a vibrant suspended mural--over 26 feet wide. Read more...
Three new glass artworks resembling over-sized microscope slides measure two feet high by six feet wide. Each artwork is uniquely created in mouth-blown art glass laminated onto dichroic float glass. They are installed in the Margaret Murie Life Sciences Building at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
This suspended mural of dye-painted silk measures over 300 square feet. For Liberty Middle School in Spanaway, Washington, it depicts junior high years in a metaphor of a river passing through a canyon.
I love it. It turned out to be all I hoped for and more. Read more...
I continue to collaborate with Seattle glassblower Jim Flanagan to create gently abstracted imagery within colored glass. Click here or on the photo at right to see our most recent sheets of blown glass (and scroll down, as the newest work is near the bottom).
Commissioned for a thriving church in the town of Dunwoody, near Atlanta, Georgia.
This mural in dye-painted silk was commissioned for Katchemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College of the University of Alaska. Discovery was installed in Homer, Alaska, in June of 2012. Read more...
Here is a link to KPC installation photos
studio and story
Click here to see photos of ten images completed in January 2011
People often ask me how I create a stone lithograph. It's hard to explain in words so I have a short video that shows the process.
These river silks were inspired by and modeled after the beautiful Fremont antique glass we used for the Kenai Peninsula College installation.
My Grandma's name, Florence, means "to flower" as in the sense of a blossom. And 2012's flowers were an explosion of color. See photos in her memory...
Be silk scarves
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