While my sabbatical, and the events leading up to it, have dominated the blog for the last few months, I’ve been getting in some painting time. Additionally, other artistic projects have come to a head, and I haven’t had time to devote myself to laying them out. This post is a catch-up to keep everyone up to date.

Pacific Artists’ Co-Op Gallery

Last year, during my open studio, one of my guests mentioned that the Pacific Artists’ Co-Op Gallery in Lincoln City was looking for new members. At the time, I felt too busy to pursue the tip, but right around the time I was considering my employment options, I happened to see that they were accepting applications for this quarter. So, I sent in my application. I was invited to take the next step of an in-person interview on February 27. The interview went well, and a few days later I was delighted to receive word of my acceptance. Starting April 1 (no fools) my work will be in a gallery!

Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Exhibition

For the last several years, I have been batting zero at getting into WSO shows. So I was thrilled with the news that my painting, Graceful Grazers, had been juried into the Spring Exhibition by juror Keiko Tanabe.

“Graceful Grazers”

The Exhibition and Convention will be in Yachats, which is just a stone’s throw down the coast from me. I’m looking forward to attending the convention in a few weeks, and I’ve been working hard to finish my presentation (and video) for the conference break-out sessions. The title is “Paint Like a Parisian” and I’ve been spending a lot of painting time working on examples and filming them for the video. Consider coming!

American Academy of Equine Art – 2024 Spring Online Limited Palette Show

The AAEA is displaying out several online show this year. The first is a spring show designed to challenge artists to look at things differently. I decided to enter a couple of works that met the limited palette (no more than three colors) criteria.

Neither is my best work; I see drafting errors in each, and I wish (as always) I hadn’t used Thalo blue. But it’s still fun to have something up anyway.


A couple years ago I applied for an artist in residence position through the Voices of the Wilderness program. I did not get in, but this year seemed like a good time to try again. I turned in the application a couple days before the deadline and have received confirmation of receipt. Fingers crossed!

Other Painting

As I said earlier, there has been a lot going on. But I’ve been spending some time each day doing a little painting, and I thought I’d show off the results.

I’m still not able to focus, but applying paint is a step forward. I’d like to explore a series, but I’m still just trying to get my head around all the other stuff going on. In other words… more to come!