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East Creative Collective



East Creative building at 211 SE Madison Street, Portland, OR 97214

I have recently moved into a new studio space in the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, Oregon.  East Creative Collective is the name of the building, and houses over a dozen visual artists working in various mediums. I am very excited to be a part of this vibrant artist community.

We host a monthly Art Walk on the first Friday of each month, from 6 – 9 pm.  Food, music, wine, art and craft vendors join our house artists for a fun-filled evening of socializing and entertainment.  The event is free and open to the public. Stop in to meet the artists and see where we create. 

Catherine Bede Gallery

I am pleased to announce that my work will now be featured regularly at Catherine Bede Gallery in historic downtown Hillsboro, Oregon.

Catherine Bede Gallery features original fine art, prints and art greeting cards. The gallery represents local artists who work in a wide range of materials and styles including watercolor, pen & ink, charcoal, oil, acrylic, mixed media and sculpture. The gallery is under the direction of Catherine Bede, who is also a participating artist.

On the First Tuesday of each month the gallery hosts an artists’ reception during the Downtown Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk.  For more information about the Downtown Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk and participating businesses, visit

Staffed Hours:
Monday 5 pm to 8 pm
First Tuesday of each month 5 pm to 8 pm (monthly artists’ reception)
Saturday 10 am to 2 pm


Three of my abstract acrylic paintings on display at Catherine Bede through August 2017


Two of my Coastal Collages were used on the set of the popular T.V. show “Portlandia.”
I submitted my art last fall for consideration, and recently learned that they were selected to be used in Season 7, Episode 9, “Passenger Rating.”

Here is a screen shot of one of the scenes in which the art appeared.

IMG_3046Here are the two pieces that were used on the show.  These collages measure 8 x 10 inches and matted prints are available for sale.


“Cape Kiwanda”, 8 x 10 inches, Acrylic Collage


“Proposal Rock”, 8 x 10 inches, Acrylic collage


It has been a busy fall. It seemed once school started for the boys I would start painting up a storm, but recent discoveries in print-making led me to collage.  It started with Gelli-plate printing.  With short, infrequent bits of time for art-making I found myself unwinding by creating textured papers with my Gelli-plate.


Printing at my kitchen table


Gelli-plate prints made on deli paper








After printing an assortment of papers, I cut and tore them to assemble abstract coastal landscapes, which I further embellished with watercolor crayon.


“Tillamook,” Acrylic collage, 8×10 inches


“Boiler Bay”, Acrylic collage, 10×8 inches








These collages were so much fun to make.  I ended up with nine of them, and they will be on display during the month of December at Village Gallery of Arts, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR  97229.  There will be a reception on Sunday, December 13, from 2 – 4 pm.

Today I found myself really missing my watercolors, so I translated one of my collages into a painting.  “Cannon Beach” is shown below in two versions:  collage on the left and watercolor on the right.  Which one do you like best?

CannonBeach BeachWatercolor

50 Figures

IMG_2989With the beginning of autumn, and more time to paint, I have made a personal goal for myself to draw and paint 50 figures before the end of the year.  I am looking forward to this opportunity to play, to not get hung up on details, to let go of perfectionism and explore the many ways I can make these figures my own through color, shape, line and collage.

These are small pieces, and I am drawing my inspiration from the work of favorite artists, magazine photos, and my own personal images.  This painting, titled “Flower Lady,” is based on the outline of my shadow on the sidewalk on a sunny afternoon last week. I used hot press paper, which is so smooth it almost feels slippery.  I haven’t painted on hot press for some time, and I really enjoyed the loose feel of painting on it.