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Art for a Thriving Life

I grew up wandering the woods of Illinois with my Dad. He instilled in me a love of being outside, exploring and learning about local plants, history, and culture. When I moved to Seattle, I transferred that love of exploring to new landscapes. I noticed that the more time I spent outside, the better I felt. That inspires me to create art that celebrates the connection between humans and nature, for mutual benefit and wellness of our shared ecology. My nature inspired artworks utilize plant-based and reclaimed materials - offering natural luxury that brings nature to your living spaces.

A portion of my proceeds go to support intersectional conservation and social justice organizations.

I exhibit my work at my Ballard studio, and at local art festivals, markets, and galleries. For upcoming events, please visit the Events tab.

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I'm an oil painter, and I seek to make positive impacts during this wild, precious, and limited time on earth. My goal is to create art that can biodegrade, using high quality, earth-friendly materials. I work with walnut-based oil paints, plant-based solvents and varnishes, mineral gesso and pigments, along with a variety of natural material and salvaged surfaces. 

This journey to phase out plastics guides my process and has created for me more texture and a sense of adventure. Know that when you collect my art, you are joining me in creating a more sustainable path that reflects community values and a connection to nature.



I create in the studio, and outside (en plein air". I take a lot of walks, often with my sketchbook in hand. From a stroll in my neighborhood or local parks to more remote trails,  I love spending time outside, collecting inspiration, and exploring. I sketch and do small studies, and also take a ton of photographs! (Oh, the photo storage!)

I then work on larger paintings in my studio, based on a specific place or an assemblage of an area, depending on the intent of a given work, to create an expression of a specific place or mood.

Seattle wetlands, the San Juan Islands, the Oregon Coast, sunlight through foliage, color bursting blooms - these are the sources of inspiration for me!



Selected shows, grants, and awards:

  • City of Seattle smART Grant, 2023

  • Holiday Group Show, Shorelake Art Gallery, Shoreline, WA, 2022

  • Siderails Collective Holiday Art Mart, Seattle, WA, 2022

  • INTERSATE Juried Group Exhibit, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA 2019

  • Art & Flowers Juried Competition, Honorable Mention, Ellington White Contemporary, Fayetville, NC, 2017

  • Salish Sea Conference Art Exhibit, WA State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, 2015

  • Skyfeeder installation, Heaven & Earth 6 Outdoor Art Exhibit, Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA, 2014

  • Group show, Allied Arts Gallery, Yakima, WA, 2011

  • City of Seattle smART Grant, 2010



I also create commissions, and can create art for you that incorporates a favorite local hiking spot, your garden landscape, or specific colors or sizes. Please explore my art and let me know if you are interested in discussing a custom artwork.



View a selection of my favorite and best-selling works HERE.

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