Super Ply & Friends Show

My Super Ply and Friends solo show is now on display at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. It is a big, bold show and fills the display walls of the Fireside Gallery in the Student Union:  19 black and white Super Ply series paintings, plus four related paintings in color. This is the first time I have been able to hang so many of the black and white paintings together so I am thrilled to be able to invite you to stop in and see them.    

The Super Ply series is ongoing. So far it depicts individual characters, each reflecting a moment or feeling that came to me intuitively while I created that specific piece.  Some were begun during live painting exhibitions (for example at Beaverton Arts Mix on behalf of the Washington County Open Studios Tour or at Catherine Bede Gallery in Hillsboro)  but most were painted alone in my studio. I like to work in silence so I can “listen” to the paintings as I work.

I begin these by finger painting in black paint onto a black piece of paper — using my left hand. Then I flip that paper over and press it against the plywood so it leaves a print. The print is just a random squiggly mark, but I use that to begin looking for a face or an eye or perhaps many eyes. I paint in just black and white using only two small brushes — and my hands. I add details with black and white oil pastel crayons and an ordinary #2 pencil. The painting progresses organically with context and perhaps text being added. I continue working until the subject resolves itself — that’s when I finally know the title.

Every painting is its own world created using just black and white acrylic paint, black and white oil pastel crayons, plus an ordinary #2 pencil. They are painted on thin plywood, and sometimes the wood peeks through the paint. The plywood also led to the name for the series — as in Super Ply(wood).

Behind the scenes, I have also learned to use a power chop saw and compressor (this terrifies me) and nail gun so I can cradle the boards. This essentially means the back is reinforced to prevent warping. I also attach d-rings and a hanging wire so the paintings are gallery-ready.

In order to transport so many paintings at one time, I put little felt bumpers on the back corners and then stacked them up. Then I lashed them together with bungee cords. The SuperPly paintings made tidy stacks because they are all the same size: 16″ wide and 24″ high.

This is how they looked waiting to be loaded in the car.

Finally, I added a few “friends” to add a pop of color to the show and to bracket the Super Ply paintings on that lovely long wall. I hope you enjoy the show!

ps Yes! These are available — the original paintings as well as PRINTS!!!!  We are adding paintings little by little. The Super Ply paintings are fabulous as prints, I test ordered one on the least expensive paper and it is great. If you don’t see your favorite, please let me know and I will add it. Here is my artspan site. 

New Art Shows Added

(updated August 9) This summer is shaping up to be a busy national show season. I am so pleased to share that my work has been juried into shows literally from coast to coast. The latest acceptances include:


  • Paradox, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO
  • The OSU 150 Space Grant Art Exhibit, Giustina Gallery at the OSU LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis OR
  • 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth IL
  • At the End of the Day, Art on Broadway, Beaverton OR
  • 82nd Annual National Exhibition of the Cooperstown Art Association,        Cooperstown NY
  • A-Z Art to End Alzheimer’s Annual Benefit, Milwaukie OR
  • 2017 Cars, Cars, Cars, Boomerang Gallery, Vancouver WA
  • 2017 Contemporary Abstraction,  CORE New Art Space, Denver CO
  • 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Source Gallery, Boise ID
  • Art of the Garden,  Schack Art Center, Everett WA
  • Art of Our Century, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem UT
  • Future Tellers, Gallery 114, Portland OR
  • Fire on the Water: The Dragonboat Show, juried group show, Portland’5 Center for the Performing Arts, Portland OR

Huge thanks to my husband for his invaluable work photographing the art, then tracking the myriad details of calls for art and show applications, and then handling the logistics of packing and shipping and/or delivering the artwork on schedule. These out of state opportunities would not be happening without his help and support.


New Landscape Painting for April

Spring is finally beginning to pop here, and my paintings have picked up some of that wonderful saturated color! “After the Rain” just makes my heart sing. It is currently featured at Catherine Bede Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon. Painted in acrylic, it measures 36×48 inches. $950.

October 2016 Art Calendar

Where to see my art in October 2016 — It’s national arts month. So much going on! Special events, a class I am teaching, and all the shows and openings are listed here.

  • Saturday October 8
    BAM (Beaverton Arts Mix)
    demonstration on behalf of Washington County Art Alliance
    Beaverton City Main Library
    12375 SW Fifth Street in Beaverton OR 97005
  • Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16 OPEN STUDIO weekend
hours 11-5 both days
Washington County Open Studios Tour (free)
Visit me at work, hang out, enjoy the art, and shop in my Hillsboro studio!
Complete free online tour catalog and map:
paper catalog and map available free from participating artists

  • ART CLASS: Mini Collage Workshop

October 25 1:30-4 pm — teens & adults
Mini Collage Workshop for adults and teens
Super fun! We will cover collage techniques, glues,
and more. Make and take up to three adorable, tiny collages —
perfect for gifts. ALL materials included, but you may bring small pieces of ephemera if you wish. Please bring scissors. Taught by award winning local artist Barbara Martin. Held at Hillsboro Community Sr Center, 750 SE 8th Avenue 97123. Ample free parking behind the building.
To register, call (503) 648-3823.
Fee includes all materials.  $25 Hillsboro resident;  $20 Senior Hillsboro resident ;  non-resident Senior $30;  non-resident adult $38.

  • “October First Tuesday ArtWalk”Catherine Bede Gallery
    with Catherine Bede, Nyell LeFore, and Polly Shaw
    opening reception Tuesday October 4 from 5 – 8pm
    230 E Main Street Suite W in Hillsboro OR 97123
    thru October
  • “Going on Record”group show with Westside ArtShare  
    opening reception Tuesday October 4 from 6:30 – 8 pm
    Insomnia Coffee 5389 Baseline Road in Hillsboro OR
    thru October
  • “Autumn Exhibition” over 30 artists, juried by Diane Irby
    opening reception Friday October 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
    Dark Star Tattoo and Gallery 611 W 11th Street in Vancouver, WA 98660
    thru October
  • “The Art of Politics” North Bank Artists Gallery
    opening reception Friday October 7 from 5-9 pm
    1005 Main Street in Vancouver, WA 98660
    thru October 29th
  • “Sneak Preview Exhibit” selected Washington County Open Studios artists
    opening reception was in September
    Beaverton City Hall on first, 4th and 5th floors
    12725 SW Millikan Way in Beaverton OR
    through October 28
  • “Colors and Light” with The Green Cab
    opening reception October 1 from 5-7pm
    Loft Gallery inside Beach Books in Seaside OR
    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138
    opening reception Saturday October 1 from 5 – 7 pm
    thru November
  • BIG500 with Chris Haberman in Portland December 10th.
    Ford Gallery 2505 SE 11th Avenue in Portland OR