summer journal 2015


This summer, I have a green guest living in my entry flower planter.



commissioned silk paintings

I invested summer days in remodeling and updating aspects of my home studio.

Somehow in the mix, I enjoyed dye-painting two new silk artworks commissioned by Randy and Cheyrl Thyberg as a generous gift to Grace Community Covenant Church. 

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I'm enamored with water--especially water with sunlight dancing in and through it. But water is also enchanting in the form of fog and clouds. Water vapor creates the atmospheric effects that help us perceive distance in a landscape.

And so I've been gathering many photos of water, in hopes they'll eventually become references for artworks. My hope is to create art images of water in its various states, in mediums of glass, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and dye-painted silks.

At left is one of my water photos--this one of Offut Lake, directly in front of GG's house which is now my home studio. I'd post more water images here but I now have hundreds, maybe thousands of photos of water.

Below are shown two sheets of mouth-blown glass in a water theme.



artswa announces online registry

the Washington State Arts Commission, also known as ARTSWA, has a new online listing of their public art collection. It is called "My Public Art Portal." It is located at Visitors are encouraged to browse the site. A suspended silk mural I created for Liberty Middle School is listed in the state collection at this site. Search for Illuminated Passage or my name and see what pops up.



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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




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.





2011 nest images on cotton paper

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




song project - upward call

Read about our spring 2011 kids' pop song project at upward call. Or click on the photo at right to listen to the song or buy it...




silk rivers

Check out my recent river silks 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



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