Mosaic Watershed Trilogy

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

In a series of three related works, follow the movement of water through a coastal watershed.  First, the rain falls heavily on the headlands and Coast Range foothills as the incoming storms run into these landforms. Towering forests of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, western red cedar and red alder cover the landscape, while delicate ferns […]

60 Works, completed

Posted on Aug 7, 2018

In July, the final piece of my 60 works series was completed for an upcoming exhibit in Lincoln City. Hooray! Here’s an example of the little mosaics I made over 60 days, exploring two distinct materials and a seasonal range of subjects.  Learn about this series and the exhibit, here and here. Two of my […]

30 done, 30 more after a brief intermission

Posted on May 15, 2018

In April I completed a series of daily mosaics, working in tandem with my friend Katia Kyte on an upcoming exhibit. See more about it here. I’m taking May off for a few reasons. First, I wanted to have a chance to step back and assess what I had learned in the first half, and […]

Tomorrow, it begins.

Posted on Mar 31, 2018

It’s no April Fool’s Joke: I’m embarking on a new adventure, starting a series of work on April 1st for an upcoming show: 60 Works in 60 Days. Daily mosaic is a challenge I’ve taken on before. Following the popular model of daily painting and 30-day challenges, I decided “why should painters have all the […]

Chiaroscuro mosaic exhibit heads to wine country

Posted on Feb 7, 2018

 In December 2017, I was thrilled to join a group of Pacific Northwest mosaic artists to present a group exhibit responding to the theme, “Chiaroscuro: Casting Shadows in Mosaic.” This exhibition explores the nature of light and dark, how shadows are cast by the materials in the works, and how mosaic materials either reflect or […]

Make a Heart with Me!

Posted on May 8, 2017

As part of the very first Lincoln City studio tour known as Art on the Edge, I’ll be welcoming newcomers and old friends to my workshop. For this fun event, I wanted to include an activity for visitors to experience mosaics, no matter their skill level. So I thought… let’s make hearts! In a wonderful project designed […]

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 […]