art journal spring 2021

Spring camellia - actually bloomed all fall and winter.


Buttercrunch bib lettuce - covered on frosty nights, but growing through winter (december photo).
We feasted on it Christmas Day. It likes the lake-reflected sunlight on the deck (in a pot).
Click here or on photo for the story...


spring spurts


In spring 2018 I enjoyed a self-challenge to 50 days of painting - in watercolors.

oil painting

In the quiet spring of 2020 I created thirty new paintings - in oils.

soft pastels

It's spring 2021 and now I'm trying my hand with pastels.

As I create more, I'll be posting them here
and also on my gallery page at




soft pastels

sticks of pigment

In spring of 2021 I'm reconnecting with pastels - their colors, consistencies, opacity, immediacy, and reflectivity - for luminous landscape (light-scape) paintings.

I'm washing my fingers a LOT. These guys are messy, but I love the effects!


to buy art

Click on the photos to see and purchase the paintings (if available) on my gallery page at


summer's light

Saturday, January 16, 2021 - Remembering Late Summer  - soft pastel, 5.5 x 7.5 inches

pastel painting in 39 seconds

"summer cycling" - 8 x 8 inches, soft pastel on archival UART sanded paper, Jan. 27, 2021

maple dapple - 8 x 8 inches, soft pastel on UART archival sanded paper, Jan. 26, 2021

maple dapple

maple dapple - reference photo and finished painting

click here to see more pastel paintings


a glance back at my late-summer art journal

Dreaming of warmer seasons? Click here to view late-summer photo memories.


spring silk

As winter decor comes down, the studio becomes again a working studio.
As buds appear on branches, I'm creating new works in dye-painted silk.

This chickadee is dye-painted into a 100% silk habotai scarf, 11 x 60 inches.


spring living

The first crocus of 2021 opening into sunlight on January 22.

This camellia has bloomed through fall and winter... and is still going!

handspun - my artful Mom

Mom's handspun, two-plyed wool and silk yarn on the spinning wheel bobbin. Click to see more...

Mom's fresh, homemade pumpernickel bread - not sure it's a spring thing, but is good anytime.

Some of the best things in life are priceless.



spring garden action

Even recorded in slow-motion video these hummingbirds' wings are a blur. They are delightful visitors and residents of the gardens.

Creamy primulas emerge every year, reminding me of Grandma who planted them years ago.

native oxalis

flowering quince

a spring watercolor of Grandma's quince and red shed



thirty days of painting

Last spring, with covid19 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.
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fifty days of painting - spring 2018

Two 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.




select past commissions



silk-in-glass commission

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.



Land and Sea Passage

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...



Macroscape Slides

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.



Illuminated Passage

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...



Experimental Image Glass

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). 



Tree of Life

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...



Generations: Incubation

Kenai Peninsula College etched mouth-blown glass public art installation

Click here to read about Generations.

Here is a link to KPC installation photos




studio and story





2011 nest images on cotton paper

Click here to see photos of ten images completed in January 2011




stone impressions - watch the art-making process on video

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.

Click here for photos and video on stone impressions.




silk rivers

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

gallery of Be silk scarves
significance in Be-ing
silk care
displaying silk



past journals