The first three scrolls below, missing the paintings that were once mounted on them, were found at a thrift store by artist friend Linda Davidson and gifted to me. I painted directly on the silk backings. They are inspired by the removal of the two dams on the Elwha River and release of the water behind them; the beach-building by the river as it carried sediment to its mouth in the Strait of Juan de Fuca; and the return of the salmon upriver to spawn.
The Duwamish Dream paintings are an amalgam of memories from the past six years drawing with the Duwamish Artist Residency in Seattle. The Residency includes exploration of industrial sites and businesses along the Duwamish Waterway, as well as research into its history. As a result, these paintings combine images from different times and places belonging to the Duwamish—and compose them in an imagined landscape, like a dream. The Dreams are named for the rivers that flowed into the Duwamish before it was dredged and straightened into its present form. Today only the Green RIver continues to feed the Duwamish Waterway. [The White River naturally changed course in 1906 to empty into the Puyallup River instead of the Green River. The Cedar River was diverted away from the Black River into Lake Washington in 1911, the year construction on the Ship Canal commenced. When the Ship Canal opened in 1916, the remaining Black River waters dried up and disappeared. Today only the Green RIver continues to feed the Duwamish Waterway.]