Birds & Blooms

Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and the flowers are blooming everywhere! In fact it seems as if a superbloom is covering the entire southwest and is beginning to show itself in Oregon & Washington. Talk about Flower Power! It’s a spectacular sight to see. As the earth is covering itself in flowers the gallery is also! Join us for a wonderful array of spring with flowers, birds and butterflies. From the whimsical to timeless masterworks there is something for all lovers of the season. The Earth Laughs In Flowers! Birds & Blooms is now showing through May…

A Hometown Holiday

The Holiday Season is upon us and the year is fast coming to a close.  Reflecting back I can say with gratitude that these past twelve months have been good.  The Gallery is growing! Many new artists have joined us and new work is coming in every day!  So much of this I owe to you!  My sincere thank you for the gracious support given! HOLIDAY STROLL I wish all of you the very best and invite you to join me to celebrate the season in this wonderful community I call home. On Saturday December 15 enjoy an old fashioned Holiday in downtown McMinnville!  Get a hug from Santa, take…

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…