A solo show of my paintings will be at the i.e. gallery in Edison, WA. for the month of June, opening this Saturday June 5th from 2-4 PM.
Here are many of the paintings for those of you who can’t visit in real life.
My paintings have always been connected to my work as a children’s book illustrator. Most of my paintings tell stories although they don’t have manuscripts. You can make up your own stories when you see them.
This show includes a few series of work done over the past several years, before and during Covid isolation.
One group of paintings began with this character whom I call Aurinko (the Finnish word for sun). In this painting she has lots of feet so that she can travel far. Those feet were inspired by a Catalan print of La Vella Quaresma that hangs in the kitchen of my friends Karel and Nancy.
I imagined her in different settings and seasons (and with varying numbers of legs and heads).
I painted this series using a dip pen and waterproof ink, then added color. Here is a detail. What is summer without bugs?
The Fishermoon soon joined Aurinko.
And the mermaid. And various other creatures of the woods and waterways.
Another group of paintings was painted with gouache and pinpricks. These were from the heart of the pandemic – a time of isolation.
Here is a detail:
Another series is gouache and collage with simple shapes and bold colors.The paper for the collage elements is hand-painted. I began this series in 2019 and have continued because the strong colors feed me.
Here is a detail:
I made designs for giant enamel panels for Sound Transit in 2020 with this technique, playing with the idea of transportation. I will be redesigning them to be mosaics, so these paintings could be included in the show. You might recognize the influence of La Vella Quaresma again. Unlike that story, my character gets to keep and use her legs. She even gets new shoes.
The Skagit Valley is a wonderful place to ride your bicycle.
I hope that by bike, car or foot you can see the show in real life, or visit the i.e. website to see more work. Thank you.
On the last day of the show (Sunday June 27) I will be teaching a workshop where we will make paper lanterns. For more information on the workshop please click here.