art journal summer 2017


summer plans

  1. I have glass artworks (inventive media) brewing in my soul - needing to be made tangible and seen by others. That vision remains and grows. If funded, maybe my dreams will be realized this year, or early 2018.
  2. To generate funds for glass, I'm working toward some private art gatheirngs, and then a public art show on July 15. The plan is to feature fine art from twenty-five years of art making, as well as wearable art, garden art, living art, and living plants. Mark your calendar and invite friends to this art show in the gardens by the lake. garden art and plant sale
  3. I'm now creating some smaller artworks of silk-in-glass.
  4. I began this year with high hopes of painting daily to cultivate personal artistry, discovery, and wellness. While not daily, I've painted much more frequently this year than most years prior. See my daily paintings...


photos and stories

In this summer 2017 journal (and linked pages) I share photos and stories of this significant season. Do click often on photos as they lead to more pages and photos to discover and enjoy.

Here's wishing you a warm and healthy summer season!

The small watercolor study above is of the Chehalis Western Trail near my home.




garden art show and plant sale july 2017

Come discover original fine art, living art, and plants for sale at the artist's home-studio gardens on Offut Lake.

Save the date

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • 10AM to 6PM
  • outdoors at 4137 116th Avenue SE, Olympia WA 98501

Click here to see photos of gardens



artful living

Summer is here and the flowers are abundant. Click here to see more photos of garden beauty at my studio on Offut Lake in Washington State.




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.







an inspiring day at offut lake studio

a dye-painting silk workshop

In May this year, my studio was graced by four talented and inspired ladies. None had dyed or painted silk before,yet they all created beautiful silk artworks. This group was full of grace and joy, some singing as they painted.

Click here to see photos of this beautiful day.

Click here to see photos of a studio day in April.

Click here to see photos of a previous summer silk workshop.

Click here or on the "classes" tab at top to see upcoming classes schedule...


wellsprings chosen for public art

Imagery of artesian waters in dye-painted silk was selected to print to vinyl and cover a traffic control box at the intersection of Boulevard Road and 18th Avenue in East Olympia WA.

The original artwork in dye-painted silk was inspired by the McAllister Springs artesian wells which supply water to Olympia. A reproduction of the work (in vinyl) will be adhered to a traffic box in East Olympia. Click here to read more about "Wellsprings."

and also for city council greeting cards

The Olympia City Council was apparently so taken with four of the traffic box artworks, they have requested printing council greeting cards (for their use, not for sale) of the following artist’s images.

Nikki: Persist
Steve: Wellsprings
Mimi: Buoyed
Jane: Capitol Rhodys

So in the unlikely chance you receive a greeting card from an Olympia city council member, you may see my artwork on it.  




my public art portal

The Washington State Arts Commission (a.k.a. ARTSWA) is in the process of posting their entire art collection to the web at "My Public Art Portal." Over a third of the state's collection is online with more being added each week. I am pleased to have multiple works in the state collection. So far, just two of my artworks have been posted in the new site. Click here to view them.




featured links



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



past journals