It was 1972. I stood on the dock at Talequah, breathing in the salt air, and every cell in my body came alive! I have traveled/lived all over the world, but at that moment, for the first time in my life, I was home, home on an island in the Puget Sound. On this island, I have lived in a chicken coop, a 100 year old farm house, a VW van, a converted garage, and now a house of my own design. I have raise my sons. I ran a school for young children (Suzanna's School).
On this island I've found joy,
and a Love that transcends the death of my soulmate, Love that continues to live and grow with my beloved dervish husband, and I wake up singing Halleluiah! I express this Love and Joy through watercolor painting, through painting on silk, and through monoprints. Most of my subject matter is inspired by nature and by human relationships.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shut the door to many of my pleasures. Singing with friends, laughing with my 96 year old mother, playing with my grandchildren; all of these things and more have become nostalgic dreams. Thankfully, the beach, the woods, and my studio remain to nourish my soul and inspire my work.
In the beginning of this Stay Home Be Safe era, I painted backdrops for Rich Osborne’s market booth at the Freemont Sunday Market and Vashon Farmer’s Market—but both markets closed before he could use them. I turned my attention to the garden and ambitious landscape projects. I tried to understand the changes in our country and to be a part of that conversation. Now I am working a memoir and on illustrations for two children's books. The backdrops I did are hanging in the All Things Rich booth at the Ruston Public Market.
Inspired by the places where land meets water, and by stories.