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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.  These photos have been taken in many parts of the world. Even when I can’t speak the language, I feel I instinctually understand the visual communication expressed in these surfaces.

 

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Edinbourgh wall

 

Oaxaca wall


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turquoise wall OAX

 

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Tibet wall

 

Myanmar

 

Alchi monatery

 

Pompeii wall

 

Herculaneum wall 2

 

Ladakh wall

 

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Oaxaca wall2

 

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Fez wall

 

Graffiti wall Myanmar

 

Paris wall

 

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August 17, 2018

Connections: travel – people

Some of the most formative experiences occur during travel with my husband and friends. Many places we visit are difficult to reach so we often get around on motorcycle. I am his 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.

Young monks Punakha Dzong

 

Burma

 

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Patagonia

 

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Nelpal

 

Kenya

 

Bagan

 

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Darjeeling monk

 

Tanzania

 

India

 

Morocco

 

Khajuraho woman in sari

 

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Ladakh1

 

Kamakhya temple Hindu holy 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 life was on the move between cities and states scattered all across the US, but here is the 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 consciousness.

I never tire of watching the seals gather on its 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 photographing this little island with its veils of light and numinous colors and have taken hundreds of photos. Someday there may be an exhibition in this, but for now here are a few. I could go on and on….

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Cutts island 2

 

Cutts island 3

 

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Cutts island 6

 

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August 16, 2018

Connections: the garden

The garden is one of my greatest teachers and inspirations. Below are growing things on the walk up to the studio at different times of the year. 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.

Studio-April

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May garden

 

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studio north

 

Grasses studio

 

Studio at night

 

Hydrandea studio

 

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Studio in snow

 

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July 1, 2014