Travel Photos

Connections: old walls and random marks

When traveling, I’m always engaged by old walls: their weathered surfaces, the random marks of passersby, the layers of disintegrating color. Like a mysterious palimpsest, they have an earned patina that speaks a narrative history of time, revealing presence and suggesting absence. My approach to painting incorporates the building of a surface in a similar manner with additions and erosions, intuitive mark, and asemic writing.  I’ve taken these photos in many parts of the world. Even when I can’t speak the language, I feel instinctually that I understand something communicated in these surfaces.


scribbled wall


Edinbourgh wall


Oaxaca wall



Oaxaca wall6


turquoise wall OAX


Oaxaca wall3


Oaxaca wall5


Tibet wall




Alchi monatery


Pompeii wall


Herculaneum wall 2


Ladakh wall


Ladakh wall3


Oaxaca wall2


Herculaneum wall1


Ladakh wall2


myanmar wall2


Fez wall


Japan wall


Graffiti wall Myanmar


Paris wall


Myanmar 1

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August 17, 2018

Connections: travel – people

Some of the most formative experiences occur during travel with my husband David and friends. Many places we visit are difficult to reach so we often get around on motorcycle. I am the pillion. The people we meet, the encounters with culture, the offerings of each experience, have profoundly changed my life and impacted my artwork. As a tourist I don’t pretend to understand all of this, but I am very grateful to have the gift of interaction with people we meet and to feel a profound interconnection with the world at large.

Lynda David on bike in Vietnam

Young monks Punakha Dzong






















Darjeeling monk








Khajuraho woman in sari






Kamakhya temple Hindu holy man


Patagonia macha man








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August 17, 2018

Connections: water and sky

I live on an island surrounded by the tidal waters of Puget Sound. Most of my younger life was on the move between cities and states scattered all across the US, but here is my homecoming. From my small island I daily view an even smaller island inhabited only by wildlife. This is the fixed point of my compass, the intersection of the sea and sky. In its constantly changing moodiness, its stillness, serenity or storm-tossed unpredictability, this is a mystical scape that seeps deeply into my being.

I never tire of watching the seals gather on the sand spit or popping up around my kayak like curious alien whack-a-moles. I know the seasonal calls of returning seabirds and throw my arms out like wings with the passing eagles. I’m rather obsessed with photographing this little island with its moody tides and weather, its veils of light and numinous colors. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of this singular place and intend to go on and on – each day to be its grateful viewer.

Cutts island 1


Cutts island 2


Cutts island 3


Cutts island 5


Cutts island 20

Cutts island 6


Cutts island 10


Cutts island 7


Cutts island 9

Cutts island 15


Cutts island 16



Cutts island 12


Cutts island 14


Cutts island 13


Cutts island 19


Cutts island 18

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August 16, 2018

Connections: the garden

The garden is one of my greatest teachers, a place of contemplation and inspiration. The photos below are growing things on the walk up to the studio at different times of the year. The artist who sculpted the lovely travertine torso is M.J. Anderson, a new addition to the garden in 2022. The energy of the earth is an unbelievable force in the Pacific Northwest. Vegetation grows all year long – it’s hard to keep up with all that expansion – but what beauty!



May garden






studio north


Grasses studio


Studio at night


Hydrandea studio




Studio in snow






Garden agave


Garden shadows


Glade path web


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July 1, 2014