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Art Destination: Perry and Carlson

Posted on December 3rd, by David in Art Shows, Inspiration, News. Comments Off on Art Destination: Perry and Carlson

Just an hour north of Seattle is a wonderful destination: Perry and Carlson. The combined gallery and shop are an inspirational art spot in Mount Vernon, WA.

Trina Perry Carlson and Christian Carlson bought an old building in the center of downtown Mount Vernon, WA, and have created a beautiful live-work-gallery-shop space. The shop features carefully curated home decor and art elements, and the gallery is home to the couple’s work as well as select guest artists. For the month of December 2017, the gallery is chock full of small works by both artists.

Trina Perry Carlson creates engaging mixed media pieces that evoke memory and nature. She cleverly uses the backs of stretched canvas panels as the basis for her works that incorporate weaving, stitching, fiber and found objects. Each piece suggests a story of some sort, or a specimen in … Read More »

modern touch: artwork with a decidedly modern twist

Posted on August 19th, by David in Art Shows, Inspiration, News, Uncategorized. No Comments

On Thursday, September 21st, 2017, eight Washington State artists will come together at BallardWorks for modern touch: artwork with a decidedly modern twist.

Each artist in this show creates work that is modernist in feeling, but is also created using unconventional and decidedly modern techniques… or traditional techniques used in new ways. The opening is Thursday, Sept. 21st, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. BallardWorks is located at 2856 NW Market St, Seattle WA 98107. Access to the building beyond the opening may be arranged by appointment, through Oct. 10, 2017.

Here is a preview of the artists featured in modern touch:


Michelle Crowe

Michelle Crowe is a ceramic artist based in Bellingham, WA. Her functional pieces are made for the home, and play with the relationships between form and building layers of line. Her shapes and patterns are reminiscent of 1950’s and 1960’s … Read More »

Domanico Cellars — Barrel Room Gallery

Posted on May 10th, by David in Art Shows, Inspiration, News. Comments Off on Domanico Cellars — Barrel Room Gallery

Show runs through July 15th, 2017



Domanico Cellars
Barrel Room Gallery
825 NW 49th St
Seattle WA 98107

I’m happy to introduce a new body of work in the Barrel Room Gallery of Domanico Cellars. The show runs through July 15th, 2017. Domanico Cellars has a tasting room for their fine wines, located between Ballard and Fremont in Seattle, and nestled inside the tasting room is a wonderful gallery. Wine tastings, glass pours, and bottles of Domanico Cellars’ wine are available for purchase. There are often food trucks in the neighborhood. Visit the Domanico Cellars website for more information, hours and directions.

Odori (Dancing) No. 3, monotype, collage, and stitching on panel, 20″ x 24″ x 1.5″, $1,050

My new monotype prints and collages blend organic shapes, rich textures and of course, stitching. I have been exploring the concept of “paper quilts” more, and you will see that reflected in … Read More »

Revitalize Your Brand

Posted on June 17th, by David in Inspiration, News. No Comments

Revitalize Your Brand

On June 17, 2016, I participated in a branding presentation at the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. My co-presenters were Teresa Moore of Moore Ink. PR and Fundraising Communications, and Andrea Solomon of Washington Access for Better Schools (WABS).

The Forum on Strategic Fundraising is presented annually by AFP Advancement Northwest, our regional chapter (and one of the largest in the world) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. AFP Advancement Northwest transforms the relationship between donors and fundraisers, building a more vital culture of philanthropy and stronger communities. They believe the fundraising profession must rise to meet the highest standards of innovation and find creative solutions to help philanthropists make an even bigger impact in advancing the ever-growing needs that nonprofit organizations serve.

In our presentation, Revitalize Your Brand, we talked what a brand really is, how to convey your brand in effective messages, … Read More »

A (Short) Passage to India

Posted on June 17th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

 My friend and quilt expert Patricia Belyea invited me to be a guest blogger on her site, I decided to write about my recent trip to India, and how the beautiful marble inlay work inspired me to think differently about my artwork and quilt-making, which I’m getting into. Please read the entire blog post here.

Bradford Bohonus: taking photography to a new dimension

Posted on April 25th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

A few years ago, I met Bradford Bohonus through some artist friends of mine. He’s an excellent photographer, and shoots the most amazing 360-degree photos. He specializes in high resolution interactive Panoramic VR Photography for businesses, organizations, individuals and the arts. Besides Bradford’s commercial work, he’s been photographing artists in their studios for a number of years. It’s a personal project of his, and luckily, I was included in his project. You can find the 360 panorama he shot of me in my former Ballard studio here. Looking at this sure makes me miss that great space. (I now have a great studio at home, which is super convenient.) Here’s a page of all the artists’ studios that Bradford has photographed.

Me in my former Ballard studio, photographed by Bradford Bononus

I asked Bradford a few questions about his work… … Read More »

Patricia Belyea: getting passionate about fabric

Posted on April 17th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

My friend Patricia Belyea has it all figured out. She retired recently from a brilliant career as a design and marketing expert to follow her passion: quilting.

Patricia and I recently got together to share a cup of tea, and to chat about our mutual love of fabric. We both are graphic designers who are also artists. My “quilts” are created from paper, and hers are made with more traditional materials, but her art goes far beyond fabric, stitches and batting.

Floating World, 40″ x 40″, 2011 © Patricia Belyea

Patricia has traveled to Japan numerous times, and imports a particular kind of vintage Japanese fabric, called yukata cotton. She sells her yukata fabric to other quilters, and also transforms it into her own art quilts.

Healing Garden, 52″ x 55″, 2011 © Patricia Belyea

One of the things that inspires … Read More »

Spring is coming, along with lots of color inspiration!

Posted on March 11th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

The days are getting longer, finally! And with the longer days, come buds and blooms.