Since childhood, I have been making art. I even have a degree in it (a BFA from SUNY Purchase).
Alhough I have embraced other media, I have recently returned to my first love, painting, and have set to work painting the things around me. That includes chickens.
Chickens, it turns out, are well suited to my painting interests. They have a lively presence, strong line, pattern, and the flow and texture of feathers to offer. Plus, eggs.
It seemed logical to take my new chickens to the fair. “At the Spa” won a blue ribbon at the 2016 Stanwood/Camano Fair and at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, where “Minerva Louise’ made her debut and got a giant purple ribbon for Best in Show!
I also did a demo day at the Fair, where I painted on site — the subject was a 4-H rooster from the chicken division. It was fun to have people stopping by my “studio” as I worked, and I was pleased with the result.
I don’t just paint chickens. I started with ferns — the ones that I see every day in the Pacific Northwest, on foot, on horseback or driving along the road. It is easy to take them for ranted, but they are strong as well as graceful, designed to withstand even the most punishing rain and wind.
Bracken fern – 24×30″
Lady fern – 16×20″
A lare selection of my paintings are currently on exhibit at Fish Tale brew Pub for the Olympia Arts Walk (through November, 2016).
I will have other paintings at black Lab gallery in Everett and Dendroica gallery in Capitol Hill, Seattle for their respective Art Walks in October and November.
Check my Triangle Ranch Facebook Page for the most current information and more new paintings.
A few paintings are also available at the Gro Washington Store in Sultan, WA on Highway 2 , and Giclee (archival) prints can e purchased via Society6 page