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I’m on Patreon

It’s been a glorious summer here in Portland and I’ve neglected this blog. But I’ve been soaking up the sun taking lots of pictures and trying to paint as much as possible.

My artist friend Nancy Cuevas has encouraged me to sign up on Patreon. So I did.

Patreon is a way for artists to share exclusive content and get support from patrons to help fund projects, art supplies, pay rent – all that good stuff.

I have SO MANY photos to share, like I have barely scratched the surface on this blog. I’ve got film photography, watercolor paintings, works in progress, and now my latest fix are all these really awesome iPhone apps (I’ve heard all good things about: A Color Story, Afterglow, Camera Plus, VSCO Cam, Photoshop even has an app) and I’m delighted to find that some allow for more manual settings than the standard camera app that comes native to the iPhone. So with my hard drive on every single device (my iPhone, my computer) brimming to the max with images, I’m going to try to make good use of them. My future supporters and patrons will receive a high resolution image of my artwork and they can print them however they want.

TIP: For affordable art prints, you can download my image and check out Costco:

a nice sized print 16×20″ runs around $7
a HUGE print 20×30″ runs around $10
You can choose to pick up in store to save on shipping.

Thank you so much for your support! Hugs! 

The link: https://patreon.com/user?u=6988738&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2

Macheros Mexico, home of the Monarch Butterflies

This past month I splurged on a yoga retreat (yes fancy )to Macheros Mexico. My creative coach Nancy Cuevas and I had been brainstorming travel ideas and when she told me about this magical idea to visit the mountain forests where crowds of monarchs migrate to from North America AND do yoga….I was SO in!  I’ve added some of my favorite shots to my print shop. I need to a longer write up about my trip but I wanted to quickly give an update:

We did rooftop yoga! Here’s a black and white film shot:

rooftop yoga Macheros Mexico

I love, love the pink bougainvillea that grows in Mexico and California. I wish Oregon was warm enough, I would plant these all over my yard.

Mancheros Mexico- pink bougainvillea


Just chillin’ on a hammock with a great view at JM Butterfly BnB. The weather there is perfect nearly all year.

Macheros Mexico- JM Butterfly BnB

A view from the top of  the El Rosario Buttefly Reserve. Yes I galloped on a horse to get there!

El Rosario butterfly reserve

These golden wildflowers grow in meadows near the forests and the butterflies love them.

El Rosario butterfly reserve


Now Offering Fine Art Prints

My print shop is now live via Instaproofs! I’ve uploaded photography from my recent travels.

Long Beach, WA

Eventually I hope to add prints of my paintings. I’m using a professional, high-end film print shop based in Los Angeles, Richard Photo Lab. These guys are wizards at color and are experts in their craft.

You will receive archival quality images on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper or  Kodak Professional Endure Premier Paper. I will be donating a portion of my proceeds to the Nature Conservancy. Thank you in advance for supporting my work.

Deschutes Forest

Garden vignettes

Winter is coming and as Portland gears towards its rainy, gloomy season…I thought I’d inspire myself with these vignettes from my garden.

The trusty grape leaf will hang on usually until around Thanksgiving to early December. It’s cool to see the frost and icicles form on the fading leaves.


Camellias are one of my favorite trees and bloom around February



Later, the garden comes alive with all of the Fruit trees in blossom. It’s so pretty, and deceptively so (all that beauty brings so, so many apples to pick up).


I planted this dwarf quince because I loved the delicate pink flowers. But what can I make with quince?



Classic Light

I was invited to go to a wedding in Maine a couple of years ago. It was my first time visiting that part of the country ( I had lived in New England but never been to Maine). It was beautiful. I am biased and I believe the Northwest dwarfs even Maine, but make no mistake Maine is quite pretty.

During the summer in the late evening, after the golden hour and before dusk, there is the light that is divine- it is still slightly warm and golden to give everything a glowing look but it’s not harsh and more open shady than the rest of the day to again give everything a glowing look. It starts to get more of the cooler shades of dusk but it is all blended together perfectly together.

Look at these snapshots of the happy couple. While the pictures are fuzzy due to operator error, the colors are perfection. They’re glowing and balanced (warm + cools).


This type of lighting and color will never go out of style.

I remembered another example of classic lighting, from the time when I went to Cooper Mountain with Marilyn and her daughter.

Laura Letinsky may be the queen of color because she pushes the low light to a glowing saturation, but John Dolan is also a master of color and much of his work showcases this kind of wonderful classic light.

John Dolan
John Dolan
John Dolan
John Dolan

Mount Talbert

Man, Mount Talbert is a great looking butte. It’s in the Milwaukie / Clackamas area. We lucked out and went hiking up there in the middle of grey January on one of the lone sunny days that month. What a great park for hiking!

I took this on my iphone and it’s now my phone’s wallpaper. This is one of the few times that I think my iphone actually beat film!

Mount Talbert: I love Oregon’s fern-lined forest floors

Here’s the shot from my 35mm:


And on some black and white film:

Mount Talbert


Mount Talbert

Breathtaking Beverly Beach

We liked this state park so much that we went back and camped on Thanksgiving week. Because pilgrim sandwiches and canned cranberries are so much better by the fire on the Oregon Coast 🙂

The entrance to Beverly Beach is actually underneath Highway 101. Neat!


I was obsessed with the way the sand looked at low tide, the ripples and the shimmer.

Low tide ripples #beach #oregoncoast #pnwcollective #pnwonderland #pnw #oregon #grammaster3

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Because I had anticipated some stormy late autumn weather, we booked a yurt.

We actually had awesome weather. And then we came back to Portland for the start of the rainiest December on record. It rained, A LOT. And it sucked. So I guess our glamping on the beach was kind of like the eye of the storm, tricking us into a false sense of security and bam! rain for days. I’ve never ever seen it rain that hard for so long. But enough of the doom and gloom, check out these amazing views.

And man look at this sunset. The sand was so smooth and endless … I really have no words. And yes this photo was #nofilter, that was all mother nature.

I couldn’t resist..here’s one more:

Oregon through a Holga

I bought a plastic toy camera Holga several years ago after seeing some inspiring work by Jonathan Canlas and Leo Patrone of these black and white wedding portraits shot on a Holga. There’s something about a Holga that just adds an extra layer of emotion onto an image.

Long Beach, WA


Holga pictures feel nostalgic, like a cherished memory. The soft focus,  the light leaks, the vignetting, and other aberrations give the image a quality that makes me as a viewer feel like I’m seeing through the photographer’s eyes. These pictures aren’t objective or neutral captures, they are definitely more emotional.

Long Beach, WA


Cathedral Park





Cooper Mountain


Cooper Mountain

Southwest Beaverton is growing like crazy, they’re putting up all of these giant mcmansions or starter homes for 450k, and this is deep Beaverton, like I don’t even know if it’s technically Beaverton or Hillsboro or Tigard. I don’t understand what these people do because if any of them have a job to go to in Portland- good luck with that commute. It seems like the traffic and congestion in that part of the suburbs has gotten crazy,like worse than the city traffic.

Cooper Mountain

But it is understandable why so many people are flocking to this area of town when you see these pictures. Southwest Beaverton is elevated above the rest of the valley in Washington County. I guess they’re the Tualatin “mountains” – not really the mountains like the 14er Mount Hood, or the coastal range, but certainly high enough to get great views.

We dog sat for these people who live in this area. And they’re lucky enough to see this everyday in their backyard. With a better camera than my iphone you would be able to see Mt. Hood. Jealous.

And there’s Cooper Mountain. It’s crazy how you’re in a meh, residential area and then all of a sudden you wind up in this awesome area, and it’s like when did I end up in the Shire?

Cooper Mountain

Cooper Mountain


Cooper Mountain

Oh and this is random, but gallairda looks like little sunflowers and is very pretty. I want this in my garden:

Cooper Mountain

Girl with Pigtails and Roses (and a Pearl Earring)


Have you seen Girl with a Pearl Earring, based on the famous Vermeer painting?


Oh man, I thought Colin Firth, was at his best as my movie Husband, Mr Darcy, in Pride and Prejudice, but he has never looked better than when he portrayed the artist Vermeer in this movie. Scarlett Johansson is great in this movie too.


There’s several interesting scenes for artists.

The way that they make paint with ground powder of different pigments.


Contemporary artist Anna Valdez also uses pigments to create her custom oil paints. I think this is a bit too messy and potentially environmentally unfriendly for me to risk:

Raw pigments – Ultramarine Violet, Ultramarine Red and Titanium Grey. @sinopia_pigments

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The beautiful, beautiful northern facing window lighting that is evident in all of Vermeer’s work. It also makes the perfect lighting for photography. My house has no northern facing windows. Sad face.


The camera obscura tool that Vermeer uses to help him draw accurate compositions. I’d like one too!