A grouping of my work will be on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center (www.chehalemculturalcenter.org) in Newberg, Oregon December 1, 2017 through February 3, 2018. The title of the show is No Words. Coinciding with Newberg's First Friday events, there will be an artist's reception for me and two other artists Friday December 1, 6-9 p.m. It is my understanding that local wines will be served; so if art isn't enough to get you to drive to Newberg maybe free wine will help.
P.S. There will be new art included in this show ----- pieces that are not on the website, and have not been shown before. Come check it out!
I wear a lot of hats in life, encompassing a variety of roles and relationships. I am becoming more comfortable with the whole "cancer survivor" hat, even finding silver linings in unexpected places --- like adding artist to my self identity. "Blogger" hadn't really appealed to me until I began getting requests to talk about what lies behind my art. So I'm going to give it a try. If you have gotten to this page, you have probably noticed from my paintings that I am quite frank about my experiences. Some of the images are stark and difficult to look at. To me, beautiful is not the same as pretty. "Beautiful" encompasses complexity that can include pain, tragedy, and darkness. Therefore there can be a strange beauty present in stark emotional and experiential truth. I am a seeker of beauty within pain, and of the beauty that grows out of pain. If you are too, we'll get along just fine.