My passion for the artistic process began to develop, along with a fascination with contemporary art, after having wandered through an art fair in the Portland Park Blocks.  The freedom with media that I saw was intriguing.  I began my own development as an artist through experimentation with copper, which I affect with chemicals, and soon began working with more traditional materials as well, while exploring the use of my own personal techniques and processes.  My art has since developed into a mixed media style that allows for the incorporation of these varied methods and materials.   There's now a constant, welcome dynamic of continually being 'behind' on my work and ideas.  Having developed a wonderful circle of artist friends, I appreciate the comradery of other artists and the inspiration we draw from each others work.

Each day I cannot wait to get into my studio to start putting paint on a surface, building up, sanding down, layering, revealing, covering over.  Throughout this push-pull of adding and subtracting, I’m constantly unsatisfied with a piece, covering up areas I don’t like, windowing out areas I do, layering, adding glazes, scribbling with a pencil or oil stick, often not knowing what I’m doing or wanting.

I just keep affecting the surface each day, and then something always begins to work and it starts to be fun.  Shadows or textures of earlier marks show through, or a glaze over scratches is interesting, and I’m suddenly happy.  As always, it’s the unsatisfied covering up, layering and random ’fixing’ that ends up to be the very aspect that makes me most happy with a piece.

Current and past representation

  • Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona AZ
  • Renee Taylor Gallery, Tubac AZ
  • Aurora Gallery, Vancouver WA
  • The Broadway Gallery, Longview WA
  • Nevado Gallery, Camas WA
  • Urban Art Network, Portland OR
  • Gallery Up, Longview WA
  • EWF Modern, Portland OR
  • Lord and McCord Artworks, Longview WA
  • East West Fusion, Portland OR
  • McThreads, Longview WA

Selected installations and exhibitions:

  • Broadway Gallery featured artist, February 2019, Longview WA
  • Oregon Repertory Singers annual auction, Feb 2019, Portland OR
  • McThreads featured artist, January 2019, Longview WA
  • Oregon Repertory Singers annual auction, 24 Feb 2018, Portland OR
  • Broadway Gallery featured guest artist, May 2018, Longview WA
  • Aurora Gallery, Vancouver WA July 2017
  • Ligne Roset, Seattle WA 2015
  • Michelle Dirkse Interior Design, Seattle WA 2015
  • South Lake Union Spring Art Walk, Seattle WA 2015
  • Belltown Art Walk, Seattle WA 2015
  • Federal Construction, Kelso WA 2015
  • Bates Mechanical, Kelso WA 2014
  • 5 Dons Brewing Company, Longview WA  2014
  • Kiana Condominiums, Portland OR  2013
  • Street of Dreams, West Lynn OR, Stonebridge home  2012
  • Koth Gallery, Longview WA, "Urban Elements" series 2012
  • Atwater Place Designer Showcase, Portland OR  2011
  • 937 Building, Portland OR  2011
  • Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver WA 2010
  • Alu Wine Bar, Portland OR
  • Lower Columbia College Art Gallery, Longview WA
  • Columbian Artists Association, Longview WA
  • Mississippi Street Art Fair, Portland OR
  • Alberta Street Art Fair, Portland OR
  • Camas WAM Arts Festival
  • English Estates Winery, Vancouver WA
  • The Bistro Wine Club, Longview WA
  • Luigi's Bistro and Coffee Bar, Longview WA
  • Mantra Wine Bar, Vancouver WA
  • Urban Wine Works, Portland OR
  • Urban Art Network, Portland OR

In the collection of:

  • Reitsch, Weston, and Blondin law offices, Longview WA
  • Longview Country Club, Longview OR
  • Law offices of John Berman, Portland OR
  • Eykis Financial Services, Vancouver WA
  • Wirkkala and Sons Logging, Cathlamet WA
  • West End Dental, Portland OR
  • Longview Public Library, Longview WA
  • Walstead Mertsching law offices, Longview WA
  • Re/Max Equity Group, Vancouver WA

Personal profile

  • Studied chemistry at Lewis and Clark College and clinical dietetics at Oregon State University; Bachelor of Science
  • Employed by an analytical lab, Portland, 1981 through 1984
  • Flight attendant with TWA and Delta Airlines, 1985 through 1998
  • Property Manager for McKenzie Taylor Homes, Longview WA, 1998 through 2006
  • Began art sales in 2002
  • Fine Arts Instructor, Michaels Stores, Longview WA, 2012 to 2015