"Watercolor Paint Brushes"

My Story

Glad you stopped by! I am originally from the Midwest but I have lived in the Seattle area for many years and happy to call it home. I am an artist and designer. The beauty of nature in the Pacific Northwest inspires my artwork along with adventure trips around the States. I hand carve and print linocuts, paint watercolors and create lots of drawings. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a painting degree and I received a Master's degree in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Before moving west, I taught at Northern Illinois University.

In art, I am working on a new series of drawings, watercolors and linocut prints called “Drawings from our Edible Gardens.” In design, I have worked on cultural and educational projects for Microsoft, the Experience Music Project, the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, the Tech Museum in San Jose among others. Awarded and published nationally and internationally, in 2014 my design work for the interactive exhibit "Neighborhoods" received the AAM MUSE Gold Award.

I have a blog Little Sunny Studio (www.littlesunnystudio.blogspot.com) where I study the history, culture and stories of color and experiment with photography. You might see one of my sun illustrations on “The CBS Sunday Morning Show.” My artwork helps support the Arbor Day Foundation, Seattle Tilth and the King County Libraries.


"Sketchbook: Farmer Market Fruit from Kauai" (above) The yellow and green fruit looked the most interesting but surprise, surprise the brown fruit tasted the best.

Public Art Commissions

• Public Art Commission, Richmond Beach Community Association, Shoreline, WA. “Wildflower Orca” Painted 3d Orca Sculpture. April 2017
• Public Art Commission City of Shoreline, Aurora Avenue Street Banner Art Project. November 2016

Art Shows

* One person exhibit, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, University of Washington Botanical Gardens. June 13-August 31, 2017
* Two person exhibit, Lake Forest Park Gallery, Washington: Oct 4-Nov 12, 2016

• Edmonds Arts Festival, Juried Gallery 2017 (Honorable Mention: Prints)
• Group Show, Dendroica Gallery in Seattle. December 8-January 8, 2017
• Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace Juried Art Show, 2016
• Kitsap Juried Arts & Crafts Show, 2016
• Edmonds Juried Gallery, 2016
• Small Works Show, Lake Forest Park Gallery, 2015
• Northwest Fine Arts Competition Show, Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, 2015
• Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace Juried Art Show, 2015
• Kenmore Juried Arts Festival, 2015 (Honorable Mention)
• Shoreline Arts Juried Show, 2015
• Edmonds Juried Gallery, 2015
• Richmond Beach Library Art Show, 2015
• Arts of the Terrace 2014, Mountlake Terrace Juried Art Show
• Krukeberg Garden Photo Contest & Exhibit, Shoreline City Hall, 2014
• Shoreline Arts Juried Show 2014
• Richmond Beach Library Art Show 2014
• Richmond Beach Library Art Show 2013

•  Gallery at Town Center, Lake Forest Park
•  Venue Gallery, (Ballard Neighborhood) Seattle

 Sketching a lighthouse near Victoria, Canada

Sketching a lighthouse near Victoria, Canada