My work is strongly connected to my interest in conservation efforts in the Wenatchee River Watershed in North Central Washington state. I am constantly inspired by the varied, stunning landscapes that have been my backyard since 1995, and find endless subject matter for paintings that will hopefully inspire the viewer to appreciate and respect both the power and vulnerability of this beautiful place.
Although my current work is still very representational, I’m always pushing myself to emotionally interpret the landscape with more vibrant colors and energized mark making to better communicate how I feel when on location. Moving from a 35 year career as a professional graphic designer to a full time painter, my landscapes break out of the rigidity of my previous profession and explore the “extreme experience” and pleasure of painting on location.
Married to a consummate collector of "rusty gold" for 30 years, I have always been surrounded by potential materials for recycled artwork. After participating in my first Recycled Art Show commemorating Earth Day in 2005, I found myself unable to throw anything away. I have collaborated with my sculptor husband, Michael Patterson, on numerous large-scale works. Most recently we were part of a team that won The Icicle Prize for Recycled Artwork in Leavenworth, Wa.