River Stories

A constant source of inspiraton and motivation: running rivers and their stories.


  • Elwha Scroll 1: Exodus

    Elwha Scroll 1: Exodus

    Ink, acrylic, flashe paint and graphite on paper and silk.

    The three Elwha scrolls, 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. The 3 scrolls are inspired by the removal of the two dams on the Elwha River and release of the water behind them. 

    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    13" x 27" (WxH)
  • Elwha Scroll 2: Resettlement

    Elwha Scroll 2: Resettlement

    Ink, acrylic, flashe paint and graphite on paper and silk.

    Depicting the beach-building activity of the Elwha as it carried sediment to its mouth in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    13" x 47" (WxH)
  • Elwha Scroll 3: Homecoming

    Elwha Scroll 3: Homecoming

    Ink, acrylic, flashe paint and graphite on paper and silk.

    Depicting the return of the salmon upriver to spawn.

    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    13" x 48" (WxH)
  • Duwamish Dream: White

    Duwamish Dream: White

    Ink, acrylic, flashe paint and graphite on paper

    The Duwamish Dream paintings are an amalgam of memories from drawing with the Duwamish River 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. 

    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    15" x 22" (WxH)
  • Duwamish Dream: Cedar-Black River

    Duwamish Dream: Cedar-Black River

    Ink, acrylic, flashe paint and graphite on paper

    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. 

    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    15" x 22" (WxH)
  • Duwamish Dream: Green

    Duwamish Dream: Green

    Ink, acrylic, flashe paint and graphite on paper

    Today only the Green RIver still flows into the Duwamish Waterway.


    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    15" x 22" (WxH)
  • Bank Lines

    Bank Lines

    Ink drawing and collage on paper. Underlying letterpress print. Studio work following the 2014 Duwamish River Artists Residency.

    Year
    2015
    Dimensions
    17" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll

    River Scroll

    This horizontal scroll consists of six parts, each approximately 11 x 30 inches. The entire scroll is 15 feet wide.

    Each individual panel consists of an underlying pattern printed from cardboard packing material, overlaid by a drawing made with brush and walnut ink, carbon black ink, sepia ink, and burnt sienna watercolor paint.

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    180" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll, panel 1

    River Scroll, panel 1

    Ink and watercolor drawing over relief print, in six panels. Total length 15 feet.

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    30" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll, panel 2

    River Scroll, panel 2

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    30" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll, panel 3

    River Scroll, panel 3

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    30" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll, panel 4

    River Scroll, panel 4

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    30" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll, panel 5

    River Scroll, panel 5

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    30" x 11" (WxH)
  • River Scroll, panel 6

    River Scroll, panel 6

    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    30" x 11" (WxH)