I was raised in Batavia, Illinois, attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and moved to Vashon in 1978.
In Meta-tinations 2016, Brett Carlson, a metal artist, continues his meticulous exploration of hand-cut tin, piecing together strips of metal reclaimed from diverse sources to create new images. The Meta-tinations series “presents visual images and messages utilizing recycled decorative containers in a collage-style format”, he writes in an artist statement. By using recycled decorative tins, brads, and wood, this represents a rebirth of iconic images into new concepts and visuals.
Each piece is composed of abstract shapes sheared from recycled tins, hammered together with approximately 250 brads “used to give a more contemporary style,” and mounted onto a plywood board. Recognizable and disparate images from cookie cans and random signage float through the newly created figurative work, spurring free association. In Amanda Knox Recycled, prim Victorian roses cover the face of the Seattle woman accused, acquitted and then convicted of a lurid sex murder overseas, then overturned… suggesting how the media-Knox- may manipulate the defendants image. In A Day in the Life, a rendering of the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album is superimposed with snippets from French Impressionist paintings, in a time-traveling continuum of psychedelia. Amber Alert illustrates the difficult task of mixing predestined images… Pandora eyes with a missing element. Lennon on the Cross, a modern day interpretation of a crucifixion.
Recycled Tin, Brads, Wood.
Michelle is primarily a draftsperson working with carbon pencil, charcoal, and pan pastel to create representational drawings on paper. She loves the graphic nature of working in black and white and the uncluttered way this allows the expression of ideas.
Years of studying late medieval and early Renaissance art has given her a love of tales of the mysterious and miraculous and, although her subject matter is very different, she works to bring the same narrative sensibility to her art.
Michelle is also a digital photographer working in black and white. Her photographic work embodies some of the same aesthetics but is less grounded in realism and pushes at the boundaries of abstraction.
Visually, her drawings and photographs are influenced by the aesthetics of rayograms and pinhole photography as well as contemporary artists and photographers including J Ariadhitra Pramuhendra, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Marc Bauer and Lauren Simonutti.
Michelle lives and works on Vashon Island.
2017Carbon Pencil and Pan Pastel on Paper
2016Carbon Pencil and Pan Pastel on Paper
2016Carbon Pencil and Pan Pastel on Paper
Water Truck Guatemala 1941
2016Carbon Pencil on Paper
WaWa Baby at the Lake with Daddy’s New Car
2016Carbon Pencil on Paper
Bound/Unbound - Zig Zag
Bound/Unbound - Skewed Square
jennifer hawke hails from Billings, Montana. She studied at MSU-Billings, and has her extended degree in Cast Metals and Painting.
She is in numerous private collections, as well as the permanent collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum.
She has been living on Vashon island since 2007. She is the sole proprietor of Bearded Lady Housecleaning, and she loves her job.
My primary influence is Robert Rauschenberg. I do hope to give a nod to Joseph Cornell and Jasper Johns.
I love working with the energy of objects. To me, there is a palpable field with anything I might use in my work.
All surfaces carry memory, and I delight in joining their stories.
These images are from my last gallery exhibition in Billings, Montana. The title of my show was "hope", each piece had a wishbone embedded in it somewhere. I felt a collective story running throughout my work in this series – a story about dreams that had been set aside to raise a family, or to keep a home, or other sociological expectations that fell on the shoulders of women. I dedicated the show to my great-grandmother who entered into an arranged marriage at 16, and bore 17 children.
Lin Holley is a mixed-media sculptor. Her work is narrative, sharing stories where intuition meets reflection. Her work has been represented nationally in many galleries, museums, collections and publications.
some people don't know they are angels
Pascale Judet was born and raised in France in a family of eight children. She moved to the United States in her early twenties to study philosophy at U.C. Berkely and turned to art a few years later. She is a self taught artist who now lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband of 38 years with whom she built a house on a thirty acre piece of land. Their son Gabriel is a film maker and a musician (Max Gabriel) who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Art is the backbone of my life. I discovered that I was an artist in my late twenties. I am self taught but I make frequent visits to museums and galleries to learn from other artists. Walking into a room and seeing the art chosen by its occupant always makes a deep impression on me; it gives me an immediate sense of knowing the person who occupies that space. Art makes sense." - P.J.
Ink and acrylic on paper on panel 36" x 24" Collection of Camille Cheret
Ink and acrylic on paper on panel 18" x 24" Collection of Mia Mc Eldowney
Ink and acrylic on paper on panel 36" x 48"
Ink and acrylic on paper on panel, 36" x 24"
Une Page d'ecriture Ink and acrylic on paper on panel 35" x 47"
Rachel LordKenaga is an oil painter and art therapist who uses art making as meditation, exploration of memory and emotion, and catharsis. She is passionately fixated on color and capturing a moment.
oil on wood 9" x 12"
oil on canvas 32" x 40"
oil on canvas 32" x 24"
oil on canvas 3' x 4'
oil on canvas 5' x 3'
For me, the visual world, and especially the natural world, glows vividly. Colors, shapes, and textures stop me in my tracks. I pause to watch the sky or the sea or the trees shiver in the wind. I began painting as a child mostly because I needed to record these moments (and also because there were artists in my family). After attending the Art Students League of Denver, I suddenly and unexpectedly abandoned oil painting and immersed myself in encaustic painting. Wax is my medium because it has a luminescence and texture that more accurately captures the moving elements of nature. I paint in my studio on Vashon Island.
Hita von Mende
Many of Hita von Mende’s oil paintings are about the American West - the cowboys, the cowgirls, the ranchers, horses, coyotes, eagles, landscapes and wind farms. “These figures embody the romance and drama of the West, a dynamic space where heroism is both epic and everyday.” von Mende works and lives on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, another great source of inspiration for her paintings, where she and her family are finding out how addictive raising foals can be. Her painting Downhill Racers was chosen to be in the tv series “Longmire”. She was the featured artist and poster artist for the 2014 National Western Art Show. In 2012 and in 2004 she was named the poster artist for the Ellensburg National Rodeo. In 2013 she was artist of the month at DueWest Gallery in Santa Fe, and previously was named the commissioned artist for Allied Arts on Vashon. She has designed theatre, opera and ballet sets.
She has a show at the Clymer Museum January – February 2015, was featured in the January 2015 issue of Cowboys and Indians Magazine, will be showing at the WAA National Fine Art Show and Auction, and will be participating in the "Windows to the West" invitational art show to be held in Estes Park as part of the Western Heritage Festival in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain National Park's 100-year celebration in May 2015.