From the Ashes, From the Desert

Posted on Mar 6, 2016

Death Valley Exposed: Wildflowers – February 2016 from Bristlecone Media on Vimeo. Many years ago, I was given an artist residency at Glacier National Park in Montana. The year I was scheduled to arrive (2003), the park had its driest season in a long time and huge wildfires forced evacuation of the park. So instead […]

30 Mosaics Challenge: Oregon Icons

Posted on Sep 29, 2015

As I cross the finish line today, the plants that inspired these 30 days of mosaics form a collection. To me it looks like home. In this final set are two of my favorite broadleaf trees, Red Alder and Bigleaf Maple. When I was a kid, fall was celebrated by leaping into the pile of yellow leaves […]

30 Mosaics Challenge: Forgotten Fruits

Posted on Sep 22, 2015

Among the many native plants in my collection for the 30 Days challenge, there are some quiet heroes that provide food as well as beauty. Many native plants provide shelter or food for wildlife, but these understory shrubs can feed humans too, if we pay attention.  To see all my 30 Days mosaics in real […]

How to Get the Most out of Mosaics

Posted on Sep 14, 2015

The average art-lover will find little guidance in this country for appreciating mosaic artwork as a distinct art form. It can be difficult to understand, or to even figure out the best way to view it. I’m writing this in response to the many questions from visitors to our gallery, and in other venues. Here […]

The First Seven Days

Posted on Sep 7, 2015

This time around the 30 Mosaics in 30 Days challenge seems a little less daunting, and I planned ahead. With a roadmap and some sense of the rhythm needed to get through all 30 days, the exercise is proceeding more smoothly than I guessed.  It’s a joy to spend some focused time on plants again. I […]

30 Mosaics in 30 Days, revisited

Posted on Sep 1, 2015

Embarking on my first 30-Day challenge since January 2014, I am heeding the advice of the artist who popularized this effort. Leslie Saeta urges the 30-day artists to first make a plan for what you will paint (or in this case mosaic) ahead of time. That way the artist isn’t searching for an idea when the […]

A New Lease

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

Today I’m happy to announce a big step in my path as an artist. A new studio. There are exciting possibilities in this move, but it is bittersweet. For the past several years, I’ve worked in my tiny garden studio since taking a short class from a wonderful teacher, Jan Miller. She alone is responsible […]

Borrowed scenery

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Much of my work is inspired by the garden tended by my own hands. Just as inspiring (if not more so) are the wild areas that surround me. It’s easy to appreciate the grandeur of the coastal headlands and beaches on this stretch of the Oregon coast. Places that require more time, developing a relationship […]

Working in series

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

This month I am remembering last January when I took on the 30 Mosaics in 30 Days challenge, inspired by painter Leslie Saeta’s campaign to get us busy in our studios. Twice a year, she hosts an open event on her blog encouraging other artists to create a daily piece and post the resulting piece […]

New Year, New York!

Posted on Jan 11, 2015

We started 2015 in an unusual manner; normally this is a holiday that finds us home.  This year we enjoyed a few days over New Year’s at the other edge of the continent, in NYC! I make a point every year to embark on a New Year’s Day hike wherever I happen to be.  Central […]

A Farmers’ Market Christmas

Posted on Dec 22, 2014

In this Christmas week, many of us are scurrying about for last-minute gifts in time for the upcoming family gathering. Lucky for me, I come from a family of makers. Several years ago my sister came up with the idea of a “Farmers’ Market Christmas.” With nine grown kids in our family, parents, spouses and […]

Waves of color below the surface

Posted on Dec 6, 2014

Sometimes instead of working with a design in mind, I let the materials speak to me. In the last couple months I’ve been working a good deal with vibrant warm colors reflecting the colors of fall harvest. Meanwhile a jar of blue smalti was beckoning from a high shelf. Smalti is an expensive material so […]