I’ve lived on Vashon 41 years, after arriving on the island and immediately sensing that this place felt like home. I bought a house in Dockton and like everyone on Vashon, my husband Richard and I are still working on it. Having started drawing and painting from the age of 5 years old, I enrolled in Cornish College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Art has been a life long passion.
In addition to painting almost everyday, I belong to a Museum Group. We attend art exhibitions and lectures throughout the Northwest, traveling to other states to absorb museums, see galleries and pilgrimage to artists' studios and houses. We see what they saw, what inspired them, and of course we eat well on these journeys.
My earliest work focused on studies of color, refractive light and shape in still life and on interiors which allowed me to tell stories and suggest moods. My current work focuses on nature’s comforting and uplifting beauty. Vashon reveals nature’s rhythm through its budding trees, many birds, dense woods and changing light, each offering inspiration. I enjoy the process of painting, it is like a meditation for me and I enjoy puzzling out how to render the natural world. The inherent glow of oil paints enlivens that process for me.
In 2013 the world changed for my family when our son Ryan died in a car accident. Art became an even greater focus for me. Two very important things happened that year: My husband Richard built me a studio and we started a scholarship through the Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation; the Ryan Krug Memorial Scholarship, benefitting graduating high school seniors of the Vashon community.
My most recent exhibitions include 2016’s ‘My Vashon, My Home’, the Barnworks reunions of 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Vashon Artists’ Studio Tour of Winter 2015 and 2016 and the 2014 and 2016 Vashon Center of the Arts ‘Miniatures’ show. I enjoy sharing my love of art with all ages. I have served as Artist-in-Residence for the Vashon Island School District (VISD), and in spring 2016 mentored VISD faculty on how to incorporate art into their classrooms. In April 2017, I will be the Artists-in-Residence for 100 fourth grade students learning how to draw and paint birds at Chautauqua Elementary.
When not painting, I am energized by spending time with my family, my loving dog and dear friends, and of course visits to museums and walks on the beaches and through the woods.