Entranced

Between the water’s reflections and the koi’s dancing motion, I can’t help but be entranced by these colorful creatures. Having taken many photographs of them over the years, I decided to put some together into one image. I then divided it into five segments for prints that work side by side. You can see this series of five koi on Crated.

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

Summer Thunder

Rain - glass

“The sound of the rain needs no translation.” ~ Alan Watts Summer thunder! I’m enjoying the rain and I’m not surprised. We’ve had a long and warm Spring and Summer this year and our yard is suffering for it. But this week we’ve had not one but two days of thunderstorms! Reminds me of my childhood back east, “the old country”, as my dear friend used to say. Thunderstorms were more common there. I enjoy the sounds of rain and fill my day with reading, making art and drinking tea… 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.

Lighthouse Gallery Show

Ten of my photographs are now on view at Lighthouse Gallery at Covenant Shores. There are five of us in the show which includes some wonderful watercolors as well as photography.

Marsh Wrens

Marsh Wren

This is a Marsh Wren taken at Montlake Fill in Seattle. These little guys sound like sewing machines and are very quick. With patience, I was able to catch a few working on nests in early morning. I bought a used Canon 70D and rented 100-400 lens last weekend. I’m a happy camper and really enjoying my new tools as well as having fun finding birds out in the parks and reserves.  

Our doubt is our passion…

Mandarin Music and Shadows

 “We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have.  Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” — Henry James  

Sushi, Swords and Birds

Tsuba - The hand guard on a Japanese Sword, ceramic cup

Last night we met with friends to have sushi and share photos of our recent photo shoot. We were joined by additional guests who brought a selection of rare, and very sharp, Japanese swords. It was fascinating and interesting to see the variety of craftsmanship that went into the making of these 14th century weapons. The photography was wonderful to see and it was fun to see what lively characters birds can be. We each got some very interesting captures. See my “Wildlife” gallery.