When Science Meets Art

Meet Nora Sherwood, certified Scientific Illustrator! This is where Science meets art in an amazingly intricate way that echoes the beauty of the natural world around us. Nora is one of a small group of talented artists worldwide that create to educate and inspire a love for nature to conserve this treasured resource. This world we all call home is a complex yet fragile ecosystem where there is a shared interdependence of all species.  This video put out by the Yellowstone National Park made a huge impact on me, showing just how much the species rely on each other.  (it’s…

This Is Oregon!

                              “Cape Kiwanda Drama”  Hoku Manga print by Dee Boyles Welcome to Oregon, a place I have the good fortune to call home.  Oregon is truly beautiful.  I know there are numerous places that the same can be said of, yet there is something special about this land.  Living in the lushness of the Willamette Valley it takes one only a small road trip in any direction to be in a completely different landscape, a stunning one! A one hour drive will lead you to the Pacific Coast where one never knows what will greet them. At times it is quite dramatic and others times…

Beauty is Abundunt

This past month I was overwhelmed and overstimulated with Beauty! Since October the Seattle Art Museum has been showing the works of American painter Andrew Wyeth.  I had the opportunity to see this amazing show. It was much to absorb, with well over 100 paintings on display.  Known for his work in the medium of egg tempura, Wyeth depicted hyper realistic scenes of rural life that are stark and at times oddly disquieting yet retain a simple calmness.  All were truly stunning in their beauty! Wyeth’s attention to the smallest of detail shows sensitive awareness to his surroundings, even the smallest…

Wishing you a Warm Wonderful Winter

I do hope you have a wonderful winter! The “dog days of summer” are pretty sweet yet there is something special about this season. It is my favorite time of year to take the camera out on the back roads. The weather doesn’t deter, it just adds to the appeal. The moodiness of the low clouds an Oregon winter brings suits me. I like going out into the lonely “Wyeth” landscapes or better yet a thick blanket of fog. Then the world changes. It’s like walking in a dream wide awake! Surrealism comes to life. And there is nothing better…

The Art of Byzantine Iconography comes to the Gallery

We are pleased and honored to announce works by the hand of Master Iconographer Magdalene Grace Deane now showing at the gallery. For the past 14 years, Magdalene Grace Deane has been producing Liturgical Art in diverse medium for church and home. Her focus (and sole vocation) is depicting and teaching Iconography of the Eastern Christian Tradition.  Magdalene Grace’s work is a sacred journey back in time using the ancient form of egg tempura and gold leaf on panel. The lengthy process of using egg with natural pigment produces a  luminescent glow of light, uniquely rich in color and depth.  Her…

The camera is just a tool

“Oh you must have a really good camera”!  These words are often heard by myself and other photographers.  They are said with sincere praise and appreciation for my work and for that I am grateful. taken with a Canon 5D Mark II My reply is yes, I do have a great camera!  Actually I have many great cameras that I shoot professionally with. They include my cell phone,  a box camera from the 1950’s, a toy camera with all of its wonderful light leaks and I am in the process of making a camera out of cardboard!  Many would say…

Oregon the beautiful!

It is said we should love where we live and I can say with all honesty I do!  Gratitude is a constant for my parent’s adventuresome spirit that took them on the long journey west from Ohio when I was just a babe in my mother’s womb.  Oregon is the only place I have called home and what a place it is, all 98,466 square miles of it! My youth was spent in the abundant lushness of the Willamette Valley.  It was an idyllic childhood. Early memories remain of the flowers mama grew, of climbing the tree in the front yard to feast over their…

When the Heavens Answer I Listen

It was 2006.  I had been operating a small heirloom and herb plant nursery for many years while also being a mom.  That year our Oregon winter had a record snowfall and like so many other green houses in the area ours collapsed under the weight. It made me take pause and wonder if it was time to start something new.  Were the heavens telling me something?  Dare I think that maybe I could pursue my photography? Or was that thought too self indulgent, was I good enough, who would want to see my work anyway? All these questions and…

FLOWERS!!

“April showers bring May flowers” and they are starting to bloom!  Yes!  I am so hungry for their color and sweet fragrance.  It has been a long wet winter here in the Northwest and while my back yard is still like a sodden sponge of water I have brought flowers to the walls that surround me! Looking into the windows of my studio gallery you will see a perfect Master Copy of Georgia O’Keefe’s “White Flower on Red Earth”, a piece that “desert transplant” artist Mercedes painted this past January while the snow fell outside. The center of attention is the 56″ x 44″ Red Rose by Mercedes truly stunning in it’s size…

30 days 30 Paintings

What does one do when there are endless days of snow, cold and rain as we had this past January?  Outside of work there are lots of books to read, indoor projects to complete, or for me an online marketing course to take, something I am not passionate about but one that came at good time.   Seriously I would rather be painting! But what if one’s passion is about making art? You can paint! You can paint every day and all day. This is just what Anna Lancaster did when winter held sway outside.  She painted every single day for…