Three of the gouache nocturnes from the It Was Dark.. show went up as part of the 20th Anniversary group show at Froelick Gallery. And three of the Oregon Sketchbook monotypes showed on November 7th and 8th at the 2015 Sitka Art Invitational.
When I started preparing for this show, I found myself wanting more than anything to find a way to bring the in-depth investigation and focus of the dye paintings to larger works that used the same variety of paper and media that I have used in my sketchbooks for years. Gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, charcoal, and pastel, multiple colors and surfaces of paper, all create their own effects and describe different moods and aspects of the winter landscape in Portland and beyond.
Working with these materials to create finished images that still keep the immediacy of my sketchbook studies has sometimes been a challenge, but I always did want to see where the unmarked paths led.