"Summer Evenings" was a labor of love! The painting is from our beautiful Boise greenbelt and is a 24x36 acrylic on canvas. We are lucky in Idaho to have long summer evenings. Darin created a perfect frame out of streaked wormwood using a new Mitter joint for the corners. The effect is splendid! This painting will hang in the TVAA Play of Light and Shadow show through January 2023.
Today was an exciting day. Over a year ago, I applied and was accepted to display my artwork at Eagle City Hall. A collection of Mother Earth paintings will hang for the month of April in the city hall lobby. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day this year, which is April 22. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and see them.
Just finished another Boise Community Education drawing class. It is alway challenging to try to teach all of the drawing concepts in such a short periods of time. Four weeks is not enough, but I am happy to donate my time and share my experience.
My latest large Mother Earth Triptych with natures most fierce elements "Wind, Ice, & Fire" acrylic on canvas.
One of the Mother Earth drawings was chosen for exhibition at the We ART Women juried art show to take place in October 2020.
This fundraiser is personal for me. I was born in Oregon and will always consider myself an Oregonian. The wildfires have brought me deep sadness, and nothing has been harder to read about than the young boy who died with his family dog. Heartbreaking.
I am offering anyone who donates to the Oregon Humane Society, one of the organizations assisting with animals displaced by the wildfires, a free Mother Earth print created from one of my paintings. I hope it will be a reminder to all of us to take care of mother nature, or the consequences can be severe. I hope you will help: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1024325921321504/3863644723663973/
The Mother Earth series began over 15 years ago with my vision to create an environmental statement. If we would all treat the environment like a beloved family member, the world would be a better place. This series represents my love of mother nature and all its peaceful beauty.
This is the most recent addition to the Mother Earth series, “The Sentinel” two 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas.
Our story begins in Monmouth, Oregon at Western Oregon State College where we met in 1986. I was majoring in art and graphic design and Darin was majoring in criminal Justice. That is where our love of travel began. A year after we met, we sold most of our things and took off for Massachusetts. While living on the East Coast we were fortunate enough to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, Boston Museum of Art and all of the States from Maine to Washington D.C. After five years living in New England, we decided to head back West and settled in Idaho.
My first memories are of me sitting at a table drawing a horse. I could not have been more than four years old. As a kid, I always had a pencil and drawing pad in hand and took them everywhere I went. I participated in my first watercolor painting lessons at age seven and started oil painting when I was twelve. Art has always been a part of me and how I see and experience the world.
Darin has always loved photography and he has continued to develop his skills as cameras have evolved from film to digital. He completed a great program through the New York Institute of Photography to help expand his knowledge. In recent years, he has found abstract photography and that has piqued his interest in modern art.
Artwork and photography have continued to be a big part of our lives and we are excited to start creating!