Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you from?
I was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Barrington, a short distance away. The house my parents built is still there and looks exactly the same. Most of my childhood was spent outdoors. We lived in a rural area and were always outside in nature, riding bikes, ice skating, and walking in the forest preserves. Cows used to come up to our dutch door in the kitchen! My parents loved the west coast so much they decided to move there. As a teen, I spent almost every weekend on the coast or in the mountains skiing. Having lived in Seattle most of my life, I now divide my time between Seattle, Portland, and Camano Island.
How long have you been an artist?
As long as I can remember I have been a visual thinker. One of the earliest memories I have is looking through the pages of my Mom's decorating books. I disliked being read to as a child, because I couldn't see the words in front of me, so it was harder for me to comprehend. The support I had from my teachers in college encouraged me to pursue an artists path. I hold two college degrees - studio art and interior design.
I started painting professionally and full time when my two children went off to college.
Where can I purchase your work?
My work is available in my Etsy shop, and in my art studio which is open by appointment.
My studio is also open for the annual Camano Island Studio Tour, which showcases a juried selection of the islands' artists usually in May.
Can I post about your work on social media?
Absolutely! Just make sure that you give proper credit and attribution, and link back to me.
Do you do commission work or custom paintings?
Yes sometimes! I typically do 2-3 custom paintings a year, but it really depends on the scope of the project. I'd be happy to discuss your needs with you- just message me through my contact page here on my website.
Do you offer your work wholesale?
I offer wholesale pricing on my art prints and note cards only. For the first order, the minimum purchase is $300.00 retail, and $75.00 for subsequent orders.
Where is your studio? I like your work and would like to see it in person. Can I visit your studio?
Absolutely! Visit me in my art studio which is open by appointment on Camano Island. Please inquire via my contact page.
I am just starting out as an artist. Do you have any advice?
You must work very, very hard, and most importantly, paint what you love. Listen to your teachers and their advice. It may not be easy, but you need to find what it is that you are passionate about. My inspiration can be found in our domestic lives - what surrounds us each and every day. I hope to convey the beauty of objects through my paintings, using imaginative, artistic, visual representations of furniture, decor, and the domestic. Not so much interested in detail ( I leave that to the art of photography ), I am more interested in capturing beautiful color arrangements, along with artistic compositions for my clients.
How are your prints and reproductions made?
I print all of my own work in house because that way I control the color and quality of my products. And I like to have that direct connection with my clients! Each print is handmade in my studio and signed by me. I use a professional Canon printer that I love. The inks I use are authentic and archival Canon inks. I use a museum grade matte, 100% cotton, fine art archival paper for my reproduction art prints.
Explain your artistic process.
I paint what I love, and often switch mediums because I like to have variety. I use pastels, acrylics, oils, and markers in my work depending on my mood and how much working time I have. I like to paint quickly however that doesn't mean the paintings are completed quickly. The surface of the painting, is just as important to me as the substance of the subject matter. So you'll find that I love to paint utilizing lots of loose brushwork, mark-making, and texture in my work.
Can I see photos of your studio and you working?
Yes, I post photos typically in the spring and summer, when I am in my working studio most frequently. Follow my blog for more!