Embrace the present

“Embrace the present to observe, honor the process and be patient during times of loss, grief and everything in between…” I feel I’m continually searching for something that can’t be found with any method I’m familiar with. This is a good thing. I’m determined, to keep focused, take the time to be present with myself and be patient in the process. This summer has been hot and dense with smoke filled skies. I’ve been witnessing a friends’ loss of health, and a relatives’ decision to downsize, refine and re-define their.. Read More

Plunge deep

“Plunge deep enough in order to see something that is hidden and glimmering.” -Matsuo Basho Consistency is key. Practicing with my brushes, taking photographs, and printing my work is all part of the process of producing work and going deeper. 

Tiny Wings

Last weekend was 3 days of glorious sunshine. On Sunday, I went to a local park to see what birds I could find and take photographs. There was a wonderful grove of trees with a Rookery of probably 12 Great Blue Heron nests. The fledglings were fairly quiet, occasionally flapping their wings and taking a good look at me now and then. I got a few good pictures and then moved on to a mystical thicket… where I found a beautiful Rufous Hummingbird nest with two chicks in it. Mom came by.. Read More

Just Begin!

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. – Pablo Picasso If we imagine that every creative work began with a totally different idea than the one we see today, there could be layers of expressive content just beneath the surface of every creation. There’s so much more than what’s exposed to the light of day.     

A gathering of wings

Had an opportunity to go to Reifel Refuge again and found a wonderful place where eagles gather. There are plenty of juveniles and mature birds to see. 

The space between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Victor Frankl

Seeds take time to grow

Doesn’t Spring have a way of magnifying what our goals are? It seems I can’t look in the garden and not get ideas for new plants, new views, new vegetables and flowers I want to grow. And then of course there are the personal goals that call to me. More photography, more painting, more art making. Nature can be both gentle and strong at the same time. The small buds are appearing now… new growth, renewed energy, new potential.  I take a lot of inspiration from nature. I want to.. Read More

Second Nature

Second Nature - Birds in new show at Studio 103 Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle. Feb. 2017

I’m happy to announce that I’m exhibiting new work at ‘Studio 103 Gallery‘ in Pioneer Square, Seattle during the month of February. The show opens on February 2nd, Thursday. This is a group show with very talented friends of mine. The show is composed of photography and works in clay. Join me for food and refreshments at the reception! Reception Feb. 2nd, 2017, 3 – 9 PM Additional celebration: Feb. 11th, 12 – 5 PM Gallery Open every Saturday noon – 5:00 or by appointment Studio 103 Gallery is located at: Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 306.. Read More

Listen to your own private muse…

Stilt in the Rain - Kealia Pond, Maui

“Follow your own private muse. The key is to reveal our quirks and flaws, not to hide them, and to listen to the inner self, the voice inside. — Sol Lewitt. I’m continually amazed at all the talent and beautiful artwork I see. It’s inspiring and exciting to see and the evolution of social media. I understand the value of sharing work with each other and I look forward to more connection with other artists. It’s important to me to find my center each and every day and stay the course.. Read More

Imagination is only the beginning…

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw I love how butterflies transform themselves. I had some fun making this from a photo at a butterfly habitat yesterday.