Lynnwood, Washington Public Art Commission. A group of artists were selected to paint eggs to commemorate how the city of Lynnwood, Washington was founded by egg farmers.
My painting/collage is a tribute to the farmer’s wives of Alderwood Manor who helped settle the area in their 1 acre “ranchettes.” Animals that might have been on their chicken farms circle the egg. Visually, it’s influenced by appliqués, a style of quilting that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s in America.
A visual celebration of the diversity of our locally grown vegetables and fruits. (See the "Project" button on the top navigation for more artwork.)
Public Art: Wildflower Orca
Public Art for the Richmond Beach Community Association, Shoreline, WA.
Orcas travel throughout our oceans with larger populations living in the Pacific Northwest and Scandinavia. To celebrate their matriarchal society, I painted wildflowers from these regions on my Orca.
I joined the online group "30 paintings in 30 days" where you create a painting a day for one month. Here is a selection of the pieces that I painted for January.
Public Art: Be Kind
“Be Kind/Connected Hearts”
Edmonds, Washington Public Art Commission
In current times, there is noise from the media trying to divide us, in contrast we need to send a strong message of what ties us together. In An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper, she describes the heart symbol as “the centre of being...compassion... love...charity...generosity...” Through acts of kindness, our community becomes stronger with the connection of our hearts.
City of Shoreline Art Commission for Street Banners. Two sets of designs. Shoreline, Washington
The Shoreline Park Board Art Committee had a contest and chose 2 artist's to create new Banner Art project for Aurora Avenue. (Rt 99)
Content: Banner 1 & 2- Fruit and Vegetables. Shoreline has a history of growing berries and the Northwest Indians ate nettle leaves, arrowhead plants, red huckleberries among other native plants still found in our area. The other edible plants celebrate the urban gardens and hint at where the plants originated through an added pattern. For example bok choy has a Chinese pattern and the okra has an African pattern. For a greener solution, we have goats that eat grass in our community areas.
Banner 3- Culture and Nature. The artwork reflects the cultural diversity and the beautiful nature in the city of Shoreline, Washington. Starting at the top in my abstract landscape: the red shape represents the sun and it is a lotus pattern from China. The orange birds are an Ancient Mexican pattern and the yellow mountains are from a Northwest Indian basket pattern. In the middle, you’ll see green trees which are from a historic Hawaiian quilt and the purple shape represents the land; it’s a pattern from Africa. At the bottom is the blue water and it’s a historic German lace pattern. They were one of the earliest Europeans to settle in Shoreline.
The sketchbook paintings (top to bottom) show the landscape from Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. The next one down is outside of Sedona, Arizona where we went on a hike in the Oak Creek Canyon and the trail went by this amazing rock wall.
Further down, you'll see sketches from La Jolla, California—a dragon tree and palm tree.
Pen & Ink Drawings
Here are a series of pen and ink drawings from the garden, kitchen table and a back window where I see my beautiful maple tree. It's the inspiration for my Happy Tree Press logo.
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"Japanese Maple Tree" pen and ink drawing, 8" x 10"
"Field of Red Flowers", watercolor painting 5" x 7"
"Young Hydrangea Flower" (Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle): watercolor painting, 8" x 10"
"Helleborus Flowers" (Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle): watercolor painting, 8" x 10"