Vertigo @ Washington State Arts Commission


Vertigo, a simulataneous color intaglio, is featured in the exhibition Washington’s State Art Collection, co-organized by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia. The exhibition is on view at the Washington Center through February 29, 2016.

The exhibition highlights 40 years of the State Art Collection and includes artworks that demonstrate the quality and diversity of the Collection.

The exhibition is open to the public by appointment from noon to 4 pm, Monday-Friday and to ticket holders during performances hosted by the Washington Center. Call ahead to ensure access: 360-753-8585. Should you not have a chance to visit, but are interested in seeing more artworks in the State Art Collection, check out My Public Art Portal ( to view artwork acquisitions from the past decade.

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MoNA – “From The Artist’s Eye”

An exhibition of contemporary prints, From The Artist’s Eye, co-curated by Kathleen Rabel and Museum of Northwest Art Exhibitions Director, Lisa Young, will be on view this summer, July 4th through September 23, 2015 in La Conner, Washington. Preview the exhibition here MoNA or if possible, visit the actual museum.

Published by Editions Lacourière et Frélaut, Paris

Interieur du château, aquatint (spit-bite) 24″ x 34″ on Arches paper

In Interieur du château, as in other artworks of that period, I used abstraction to explore a sense of mystery, emotion, and embedded history in architectural spaces. In response to a specific space – a seemingly empty room Continue reading →

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Printmaking in Paris – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Printmaking in Paris – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Serge at the press - Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Serge at the press – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Parisians and most visitors know that Paris is a city for walking.  In addition to the must-see monuments, churches, and museums, whether on the narrow streets or along the broad avenues and boulevards, there are always discoveries to be found. Sometimes, as we wind our way through these rues and avenues, we are passing by interesting things that often go unnoticed, not knowing what we’ve just missed. Other times it’s as if a discovery was meant to be. It’s always a treat to see a placard on a building telling us Continue reading →

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Stone Lithography with Rudolf Broulim

Stone Lithography with Rudolf Broulim

at the press in his Zwiindrecht, Belgium studio

Earlier this month, to celebrate the new year and share some images with friends, we brought out the old slide projector and pulled some slides from the archive. It was an evening filled with nostalgia, a hot lamp shining light through old transparencies, complete with dust and scratches, the sound of the fan, the aroma of hot dust, and to complete the experience, there was the obligatory stuck slide; we were lucky the bulb didn’t burn out as there were none to be had locally. All in all, it was a fun evening seeing these images again and sharing them with friends. It was also a reminder that the time had come to start that long put off scanning project. Now that scanning is underway I’ll be posting a variety of images, many shot with my favorite camera at the time, a Leica IIf, primarily using Kodachrome 25. These first images are in the atelier of master printer Rudolf Broulim, Continue reading →

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