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Saturday, October 1st, 2011

I was recently in Spokane to deliver work to a show at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.  More on the show soon, but the trip was rewarding in itself.  The entire museum is between shows, and curator Val Wahl very generously gave me a glance at the backstage work going on to change the galleries around after a major exhibit.

I have spent the better part of the past year immersed in solitary concentration on painting.  For me, that is not just intense, but very internally focused.  So it was a welcome change to lengthen my gaze and be reminded that people beyond the studio also dedicate their lives to art.  Seeing that passion and care was incredibly heart warming.

Rather than make the five-hour return trip on the same day, I stayed overnight and took extensive photos in Eastern Washington.

Not only is it a different season from my recent wetlands paintings, but the climate, vegetation, and light are all so different from Seattle’s that they yield a completely changed palette to work with.  On my winding backroads return, I stumbled across the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. I spent a very productive morning there, making observations and photos which will probably turn into future work.


Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Pressure, oil on canvas, 24 in x 36 in.

Work in progress

Friday, August 5th, 2011

New work

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Intersection, oil on canvas, 18 in x 30 in.

Tamara Stephas, "Ventilation Shaft," 20 in x 40 in. Ventilation Shaft, oil on canvas, 20 in x 40 in.

Photos from Artwalk show

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Installation photos from the Drawing and Painting Atelier show “Projects.”  Turnout was fantastic – thanks to everyone who came!  With so much terrific work surrounding it, I was gratified that my painting Spill generated a lot of interest.

"Projects," Installation view 1

Left to right: Chandler Woodfin, "The Living Grave"; portrait by atelier instructor Mark Kang-O'Higgins

"Projects" Installation view 2

Left to right: Elana Winsberg, "Soma Amor" (in back); Tamara Stephas, "Spill"; Stefan Cummings, "Agent X"

Projects – Pioneer Square Artwalk Show

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The most frequent comment I got about the Bellingham show was “congratulations, but are you showing anywhere closer to home?”

Actually, yes.  Two new pieces of mine are included in Projects, a show of Drawing and Painting Atelier artists.  It will be on view during the July Pioneer Square Artwalk this Thursday (tomorrow!)

Thursday July 7
6pm – 9pm
619 Western Avenue (at Yesler), 2nd floor South

Halt, 2011. 21 x 18″, oil on canvas.

Bellingham Show

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The Art of Trees - at Whatcom Museum

My new painting Exit Route is in the show Fate of the Forest at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham from June 4-September 18.  This exhibit of local artists’ interpretations of the Pacific Northwest forest accompanies Evergreen Muse: The Art of Elizabeth Colborne.

The reception for both shows is Saturday June 17th:

6-7pm: Member preview and talk
7-9pm: Public opening

If you are in the area, I would be delighted to see you there.

Exit Route

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Recently completed.  I have been thinking about themes ranging from evacuation routes from the coast to cutting old growth forest and what climate change will mean for niche ecosystems.

Exit Route, oil on canvas, 60in x 36in, 2011

Exit Route, oil on canvas, 60 in x 36 in, 2011.

2011 RAMROD jersey

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The painting….

…and the jersey design.

The jersey will be available from Redmond Cycling Club, but there is only one day left to register for the RAMROD entry lottery!

New Work

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Rift.  Oil on canvas, 36 in x 48 in.

I found the brick wall in Prague.  The split is mine.  As far as I know, the original continues to hold up the hill below the castle.

No Way Down.  Oil on panel, 22in x 36in.

This is the text on a sign at the top of the stairs up onto the dome of St. Paul’s cathedral in London.  I found myself wondering, if there is no way down, where do they store all the tourists who climb up to see the view?