Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I feel grateful all year long. But, it is this time of year when I am reminded in a powerful way of the amazing people that grace my life. And for that, I feel very lucky. Because when difficulty comes your way, it is not things, but individuals that help you through it all, sometimes in a crucial way, and sometimes in a minute fashion that make your days a little bit brighter. Large or small, they both hold great importance for me. Despite the whirlwind of holiday madness, I am awakened by the strength of togetherness and am thankful for those who take care of me – near and far, with and without their knowledge. I am always an advocate for taking time to savor what truly matters, and to slow down. Yet, I am guilty of not doing it enough.

Because of that, I decided I would take time to notice and acknowledge the individuals that have made a difference for me. Maybe I want to give them thanks, or let you know about their artistic talents, or just share a little story. I love having an ongoing project. Some of you might be familiar with my collaborative “hello” project that I did last year. (Even though we miss her so, I am happy to report that beautiful muse is now taking flight in Germany). So, I am excited to introduce a personal project of mine, cat·a·lyst, hopefully to grow in 2011. A catalyst is loosely defined as something that causes change. I’d like to share with you the people that have caused change in my life – taught me lessons, created cause and effect, or precipitated an action or reaction that has catapulted me in a new direction.  Coming soon. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

the lovely lindens.

Meet the Linden family. We were gifted with an absolutely gorgeous October day at Powell Butte Park, one of their favorite places. What a great site with tall grasses, knobbly trees, and stunning views of the autumn foliage and mountains gracing our fair city. Troy and Briana are new parents, but after watching them with their little one Jasper, it seemed like they had been doing this all their lives. It was inspiring to see them as parents and heartwarming to witness the sweetness and tenderness that exists between all three of them. I love Jasper’s jovial and intense curiosity, and observing how each leaf or branch was a tiny discovery for him.  He was exploring so much that he tuckered himself out, falling asleep in his dad’s arms on our walk back. Briana, Troy and Jasper, you are such a lovely family and I am delighted I had the opportunity to spend a morning with you. Thank you.
(Click on the photos to view larger. I think they look nicer that way).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ansel adams.

Portlanders: Please don't miss the opportunity to see the work of legendary photographer Ansel Adams, now showing through November 27, 2010 at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art. Snow flurries are expected in Portland this weekend, so I felt compelled to share this photograph, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California with you. Just wait until you view it in person - the prints look incredible. Here is a little more information from the gallery's website:
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is pleased to present Ansel Adams: Photographs 1920s - 1960s, an exciting selection of rare original prints by the American master. Focusing on the heart of Adams' rich career, this selection of photographs features many of Adams' famous classic images as well as lesser known gems that serve both to contextualize and inform our understanding of the depth of Adams' oeuvre. The exhibition includes vintage contact prints as well as later enlargements, presenting the viewer with a survey of the evolution of Adams' vision both in the making of photographs and the interpretation of his negatives. This is a unique opportunity to see and acquire original prints by this tremendously important photographer. 
All images copyright 2010 Ansel Adams Publishing Trust.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

go see art.

I am thrilled to be part of Disjecta's 4th Annual Art Auction: Bid at the Bunyan! It is a fantastic space filled with lots of great work of over 50 artists, so please feel free to head on over November 13th for the main event. To find out more about the artists, tickets or schedule, please click here or here.
Images: courtesy of Disjecta.
Also, I am excited to be part of a group show at Pushdot's beautiful new space. If you are out and about on Saturday, please stop by to see some work in their new location. Here's a little more information for you from their website:
Pushdot is now in the Ford Building, and to celebrate our move, we are hosting an Open House during the Ford Building’s Open Studios. In honor of the event, pushdot asked artists who exhibited in our Caruthers gallery space to show some work for the occasion. We are proud to have Chris Bennett, Jill Bliss, Angela Cash, Liz Haley and Kimi Kolba show pieces for our Open House/Open Studios event. Their work will remain in the gallery space through the holidays. Join us Saturday November 13th from 6 – 10pm for a fun night! 
Images: courtesy of Pushdot.

Friday, November 5, 2010

rachel + harvey: hitched!

Congratulations to Rachel + Harvey! They said I do at Mississippi Studios, normally a music venue, but they also host weddings, and what a fantastic spot for a celebration. It is unique and beautiful with such style and warmth. The groom is a musician so this place seemed like the perfect fit. This was one rockin’ wedding – complete with a bubble machine, the cutest ring bearer I have ever seen, and a serenade and first dance to Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. This crowd had style and the moves. (There were moments where I had to restrain myself from joining the dance floor.)
Rachel + Harvey, you two know how to throw a party. Thank you to you, your friends and family for the warm welcome. It was such a pleasure to witness the genuine, fun loving spirit that filled the room that night. What a blast and an honor to photograph your celebration. Cheers and here's to happiness and adventure for many years ahead.
(Click on the photos to view larger. I think they look nicer that way).
Also, feel free to check out Harvey’s band, The Builders and The Butchers.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

while no one was watching.

My fellow werewolf, Tricia Hoffman, is currently showing work from her series, while no one was watching at  Newspace Center for Photography this month. If you are out and about for First Friday, please feel free to stop by and see the show!
Above photo: Tricia Hoffman, from while no one was watching.


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