|Before the time of modern recreation, the primeval mysteries still permeate in and around Priest Lake and its quiet inlets. The ever-changing atmosphere of land and waterscape is a continual inspiration of poetic tonalism.
After thirty years of living on the east coat, I am continually amazed at the full circle, or maybe even elliptical-shaped journey of life. The egg and nest find their way into my paintings as a recurring theme of my still life work.
On June 22, 1925, on his twenty-first birthday, my grandfather left the family dairy farm in Ashtabula County, Ohio. He hopped a freight train and made his way across the country through the harvests of the mid-west. When the group of migrant workers stopped in Priest River, he drew the short straw to go into town for supplies. He liked it so much that he stayed and worked in the logging industry, boarding at the Hotel Charbonneau. Both my maternal and paternal ancestors were pioneers of Idaho.
In the four-and-a-half years since I’ve returned to my nest, I have been honored and privileged to be the 2016 Artist-in-Residence for Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area for the centennial celebration of the formation of the National Park Service, culminating with an exhibition at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture – THE RISING; MYTHOLOGIA – an exhibition with Beth Ann Rimmelspacher at the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn; and small works exhibitions at the Art Spirit Gallery. I am pleased to accept the 2019 Artist-in-Residency for the San Juan Island National Historical Park – NPS.