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. 

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


The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. – Francis Bacon Sometimes you just see things that need to have their picture taken. 

to risk delight

To be “brave enough to risk delight” – poet, Jack Gilbert. To make something of something that moves you to joyous pleasure. How do you access that from here on earth? It takes courage and I want more of it. It’s scary but don’t dare argue for your limitations or they will persist. Just stop! Stop the negative scary thoughts but don’t let the fear stop you from creating the unknown wonders that exist in your imagination. Fear and creativity need to co-exist. Make room for both, allow for both, and don’t fight.. Read More

Finding new paths

Crane of hope banner image

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton The original image of the Sand Crane in this image was taken at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, British Columbia. It’s a wonderful place full of wild birds of many species and a very peaceful place to be with a camera. The perfect place to find myself and lose myself. As I worked on this image, the cranes’ regal stance, the soft light and warm colors kept me engaged as I remembered the peacefulness.. Read More

Make it Your Own…

Watercolor of Photo of Pond

This is an image taken locally of a pond near my home. I like it as a watercolor as well as a photograph. Do you prefer one over the other? These are some good principals to live by especially when making art. Make it your own Everything matters Surprise and delight Embrace resistance Leave your mark — Starbucks  

Maui Time

Waikiki Beach abstract

Ahh…. Hawaii… where the air is softer, the light stronger and the wind blows freely through my hair.