Patricia is an abstract painter working in the traditional medium of plaster (fresco). As a lifelong painter, Patricia has studied at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Students League in New York and with various fresco and plaster masters in Rome. In addition to painting, she works as a graphic and surface designer. Patricia also created the Chairity logo and contributed her graphic talents for the Chair Trail Map.
"Art has always been a tool to express our interactions with and our wonderment of the natural world.Never a direct reproduction of what we see in front of us, a piece of art always carries with it our stories and our connections. Birds, flowers and animals all talk to me of our shared experiences: connection and isolation, love and loss, permanence and impermanence.I paint to tell a story of beauty, of loss, and of hope."
Michael has painted in the Northwest since the 1980's.He studied at the Art Students League in New York, and SUNY Cortland.He shows in galleries nationally and in Washington State and is in many public and private collections. A recent commission was for the US State Department for a 60x180” painting for the new US Embassy in Pt. Moresley, Papua New Guinea.
"Painting with watercolors, oils, and pastels has always been an opportunity for me to lose myself and enter another world, a beautiful world full of color, culture and life. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the arts. We all need to be able to take ourselves to that special world of creation and innovation. Especially the children of our world." Growing up in NYC and Tunisia, Pamela was encouraged to draw and paint by her fashion illustrator mother. Watercolor painting was what she did all summer in Tunisia. Pamela's work has been influenced by the Romans, Phoenicians, Ottoman Empire, and Moors, all found in the beauty of the Tunisian architecture and culture. She draws and paints using oils, watercolors, oil pastels and ink. Many of her watercolor paintings incorporate pen and ink and are a style recognizably her own.
Darci Hammond moved to Whidbey Island seven years ago after retiring from her career in education.Understanding how important nutrition is for learning, she became involved with WIN as a baker. Darci enjoys the playfulness of exploring mixed media art, especially when she can find intriguing ways to combine cast off bits and pieces with fabrics, paints, and other more identifiable art materials.
Laura Hudson grew up on Whidbey Island. After high school she moved to Bellingham and earned a BFA from Western Washington University. Shortly after, Laura crossed the country to embrace city life and attend Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she received an MFA from the Mt. Royal School of Arts program. Following graduate school, Laura became a part of Gallery Four, an artist collective in Baltimore. Longing for a deeper connection to the natural world, she crossed the country once again to move home to the Pacific Northwest, where she met her husband and together they embraced the farm life on Whidbey Island. They are currently busy raising their three boys and enjoying rural life in Clinton — close to loving family and friends. Laura’s studio is just a short walk down the road, where her mother, Georgia Gerber has her sculpture studio.
Faith Scott Jessup was born in England and raised in Canada.She moved to the US as a young adult and now resides on Whidbey Island.Inspired by the natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest, her work hovers at the intersection of the closely observed and the imagined.She paints in oils, with attention to detail, light and mood.
Peggy Juve is a practicing studio artist, and her work has been shown regionally and nationally for over four decades. Peggy has worked in many mediums, including textile surface design, painting, glass painting, wood, ceramics, mixed media, clothing design, and construction. Peggy has also been a teaching artist and has taught regionally and nationally.
Peggy has been a community volunteer for the past 30. Since moving to Whidbey Island 25 years ago, her volunteer activities have included: Co-Founding the Island Shakespeare Festival (ISF) in 2010, Board President of the Whidbey Children’s Theater, and serving on the steering committee for Langley Create. Peggy has been a merchant and business owner since 2008: Eddy’s, Langley WA 2008-2011, Side Market, Langley WA 2016-2018, and in 2019, she founded The Bard’s Boutique, a gift shop supporting Island Shakespeare Festival.
Meredith MacLeod migrated to Seattle in 1980. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art in Glass. She landed at the Pilchuck Glass school as a teachers assistant for Richard Posner and Ann Wolf where she met Peggy Juve. Who would have known 16 years later they would rekindle their friendship after both moving to Whidbey Island.…Merediths entrepreneurial adventures have included MEREDITH DESIGNS (t-shirts), Cultus Bay Tile (production handmade glass tiles sold nationally) and Stubborn Twig Design (bird themed greeting cards). She has shown locally at Museo in Langley and served on the board of The Bayview farmers Market where you could find her on Saturdays selling her wares. Sheco -owned SideMarket with Peggy and fabric designer Marcia Derse. She now pursues her passion for writing. She donates generously to local organizations and is excited to be in collaboration with her long time friend Peggy on such a worthwhile cause.
"Color, texture and light, patterns and shapes emanating from nature have always fascinated me. Much of the inspiration for my work comes from the landscape of flora and fauna that abundantly surrounds us in the Pacific Northwest. The process I use to create my work is what I like to call SLOW ART. Everything is made by hand from the paper to the paint. The resultant pieces are mixed media combinations of ink, pencil, and paint." Melissa grew up in the Mediterranean and was introduced to the world of mythology. She moved to the USA, and an invitation to carve canoes with a Haida carver immersed her in another world of storytelling and a deeper understanding of our connection to nature. She is not connected by identity to any one place but to a blending of many places and influences which can be seen in her work.
Liesel Lund is a professional oil painter who often paints outside around Whidbey Island capturing our beautiful landscapes and towns. She studied fine art and scientific illustration at The Evergreen State College, The University of Washington and Gage Academy of Art. In her early career she designed graphics for Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo's Butterflies and Blooms exhibit, children’s books for McGraw-Hill, and textile prints for Tommy Bahama. In 2009, she left the design field to be a full time artist and workshop instructor. In 2016, she moved from Seattle to Whidbey Island - and began painting en plein air in oils. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of Washington. Her Freeland studio will be on the Whidbey Island Open Studio Tour, August 20-21st.
Deborah was born in the UK, has lived in several countries but currently lives on Whidbey Island. She has been involved in the arts most of her life, originally training as a textile designer in the UK. Several years ago she discovered the joy of painting the natural world. In 2015 she completed a distance learning course with the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in the UK to understand more of the techniques and disciplines of botanical painting and became a Fellow of the SBA in 2019. She works in 3 main media: graphite, pen & ink, & watercolor. Her choice of subjects are many, often found on hiking trails, and from local farmers. She also has a passion for subjects with character such as seeds, pods, roots, nests and rocks. She shows at Museo Gallery in Langley, in Artists Studio Tours and in exhibits such as the Lan Su Chinese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.
Laura Viola Preciado’s work explores process, technique and diverse materials, searching for the tension found between beauty and inelegance. Paint, ink, pigments and water are applied with intention while still allowing them to respond in ways fundamental to their properties. The colors and shapes are an expression of Laura’s visual language developed from life experiences including the environment and light of the Pacific Northwest. Lines are drawn and decisions made but the nature of paint and water push boundaries and leave a record of their building and destruction. She editsthe composition embracing the accidental, the intentional and the places where they meet. Laura has a BFA in painting, from Hartford Art School, attended Oregon College of Art & Craft, in Drawing/Painting/Printmaking, Clark College in Drawing, Painting, sculpture and Anderson Ranch in Painting and Critical Thinking. Her work has been shown in many galleries and exhibitions from coast to coast.
"The sensory pleasures of working with encaustics never cease to amaze me. First is the creation of the ground, crackled and irregular, subtly layered with color to bring out the imperfections and character of the surface. Then the studio is filled with the scent of the beeswax that is the main component of the encaustic medium. The wax medium is layered in color, in a subtractive more than additive process, to create the translucent depth of the surface. Finally, the surface is fused with heat, to “freeze” the image in time."
David has pursued encaustics to create pieces that speak to a place that is somehow familiar and timeless. Transporting the viewer into the landscape is an inviting sense of depth, an image with a rich and layered surface that makes each seem affected by the passage of time.
Marj Smith, now a local Whidbey Island artist, relocated from Colorado in 2018 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Bill Dussault. She was a founding member of the Off Main Street Artist, member of the Art Student League of Denver, and taught acrylic art techniques for several years. Her acrylic, charcoal sketches, glass and clay sculpture works were in several art shows and galleries. She has a passion for supporting various non-profit organizations that serve those who experience disability and homelessness. Her art has been donated to Craig Hospital (a brain/spinal cord injury rehabilitation center), Adams Foundation (serving childhood cancer), Friendship Bridge (microloans for women living in third world countries), HaRRT of UW (Harm Reduction Research & Treatment Center focusing on those living with chronic homelessness) and other organizations serving humanity. She is thrilled to be supporting WIN.
"I am a watercolor painter primarily. I paint moments that make my heart skip a beat – usually due to light or shadows. From the simplest rock to an unforgettable sunset, I find inspiration here on Whidbey Island. In each painting I hope to transport you to that moment in time. Watercolor allows me to refine details while still letting the paint flow and mingle on the paper."
The painting she's doing for WIN will be acrylic, which is a real change for her, and the chair will be finished with many coats of outdoor varnish. She is attempting to make the subject look somewhat watercolor-ish. Since Margaret paints what inspires her, she frequently works on series of paintings reflecting one subject. A recent series feature Langley bunnies, so she thought there was no better subject than that for the Adirondack chair. "There is no shortage of inspiration on the island – especially in Langley!"
Cheryl is a life-long, award-winning Illustration artist with a career in advertising, publication and logo design illustration for over 45 years. Currently, Cheryl paints for the pleasure of color and form. The strategies she has taught for over 47 years, assisting over 10,000 artists, and applied to her own dreams, enable her today to enjoy the freedom of her own Ideal Artist Lifestyle to simply live life, explore and help others enjoy the same fate with their artistic expressions. In her retirement, Cheryl has begun copying the Masters of Oil painting to learn a multitude of techniques just for the fun of it.
In 1979 she graduated with a BA in Creative and Performing Art Strategies from Franklin Pierce University.Pen & ink, watercolors and acrylic paints have been her tools of choice.
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