Today’s Quote and a short note

Today’s Quote and a short note

As I was cleaning up  the kitchen tonight I was  thinking about childhood memories, depression and wondering what a typical person  thinks about when they  remember  their  childhood?

 A memory came to mind, I was in 5th  grade excited that the campfire  girls meeting was going to be at my house. My mom  loved to bake and I was excited to see what type of  after school  snack she had dreamed up. On arriving home I found my mom , sitting in the corner  covered in  blood, crying,  wrists slit and  blood on the  walls as if she was painting with her own  blood. She had  smeared her blood all over the  living room wall. I  had my little sisters  and the campfire girls  go outside and  play while I cleaned the walls and sent for help. I had to have my  mom  admitted into  Puget  Sound Mental hospital and my great Grandmother  Mable  came to stay with us for a few weeks.

So many things I have  kept to myself over the years and  little  by little I  share  the things that have  molded me into the  person I am today.


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”– Marie Curie

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie, the pioneering Polish-born French chemist, was the first person to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields. She was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. No Polish school would admit a woman, so she worked as a governess, sending her sister through medical school in France. Her sister, in turn, sent her to the Sorbonne, where she met her husband, Pierre Curie. Together they studied radiology, discovering two new chemical elements and inventing the term “radioactivity.” She died on July 4, 1934.



Skipping through leaves

Thanks to Ellen Kwor for having me create a  one of a kind piece if wall art  for her living room. Skipping through  leaves,  is approximately  31 inches by  31  inches made from  scrap metal, each leaf was  hand  plasma cut and  hand bent. Skipping in leaves  (4) close up of leaves so you can  see the bends. skipping in leaves (4)

Three Little Birds

As part of my workshop clean up project I have been working on  using up some of the art supplies that have  been  sitting around the  shop for awhile.  these  little  birds are  made from  shovels, horseshoes , disc brakes and a few other  odds and  ends. september 019From left to  right, Fern, Eve, & Dixie  added  Frens hair after the photo was taken. 


First kiss

Well it is August  6th and I am still working on finishing touches! I am  getting so  close to  being done.I  am pretty  happy with how he is coming alone so I  had to give Idaho his first kiss!

163In case you  missed the  back story on Idaho: He is the 2nd  wire bird I have  made. The first one I  donated to an  art auction  to  benefit our  local art gallery.  I  started with a  roll of  recycled wire that I bought from a friend’s dad for $20.00 summer and heron 011I might  just have enough to  make one more bird!


Happy Independence Day!

I was invited to a  couple  BBQ’s but I  really  just wanted to work on  getting Idaho  finished so that I can deliver him  to his new owners later this month!  The  wire I am using is recycled and is covered in soot (  which  for  some strange  reason is not showing up in this photo. I have spent countless hours cleaning the wire before I  weld it to the frame. This is not a lot of fun! wire1a This is how I am  cleaning the wire.  Tomorrow I am going to try  soaking some in vinegar to  see if that helps. I  used to use vinegar to  clean my  pennies when I was a kid so I  figure it is worth a try..   wire1bAll this time in the shop would not be possible as if it were not for my  good friend Brad Isley. He has volunteered to be my assistant / babysitter( as I not  allowed to  weld on weekends without having someone on site). I  guess catching myself  on fire  last year  upset a few more people than  just me. 😉  So, thank you  Brad for  spending time in the shop with me , thank you  for  for helping cut wire and  for taking the photos.

Here is todays updated progress photo of Idaho. .


My first cast… well of this kind.

first cast I recently starting  working for Native Stone Concrete as a  regional  sales rep. The owner thought it would be a  good idea  for me to  learn as much about the process as possible.

So  last week I rolled up my  sleeves and  got a bit dirty. The art design is by  artist Joe Illig.  This morning Joe picked this piece up to deliver  to a doctors  office. He was very happy with my first pour.

As a child I was  fascinated  with Native American Art so  working with Native Stone Concrete and Joe Illig is like living in a dream.


Wine Walk round 1, February 7th 6-9 PM

Coho Computer invited me to curate for the  upcoming wine walks. I had a great time turning the shop into an art gallery today.  Wine walks take place on the first Friday of each month from February – May  on front street in lovely downtown Issaquah .

I am showing a variety of my work including,  first love , a tribute to a  single mother , faces from childhood dreams,  runaway brushes and up a creek with a paddle.

I am extra excited to have a special guest artist participate!joe Illig

Native Stone Concrete dropped off two pieces designed by artist Joesph Illig. This is  just a sneak peek of what you can expect to see over the next 4 months from Joe and Native Stone Concrete! I am  super excited to have been offered an opportunity to  represent them!



                                                 Tickets on Sale Now! 

Buy your ticket before January 15th and be entered to wine a pair of tickets to Women Stars of Food & Wine at the Columbia Tower Club on Sunday, Feb 9th.   A $90 value!  

Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk is a first Friday evening event that is fun and supports the community.  Enjoy live music, art happenings, some snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations up and down Front Street.  Front Street shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.

Help us reduce waste and BYOG (bring your own glass) to Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk!

Front Street Wine Walk venues include ArtByFire Glass Blowing Studio, Illuminate Electrical,  artEAST Art Center, First Stage Theatre, Fischer Meats, CoHo Computers, U Swirl, Chicago Pastrami, Eastside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and Thrive.

Wineries include: Bunnell Family Cellar, Cedar River Cellars, Echo Ridge Cellars, Genoa Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Piccola Cellars, Smasne Cellars, Sol Stone and Van Camp Cellars. 

Purchase a bottle of wine at Wine Walk and enjoy it with your dinner with no corkage fee (Wine Walk nights only) at these participating restaurants— Amante’s Pizza, Issaquah Brewhouse, Stans BBQ, Mandarin Garden, Max’s World Diner.  You can also purchase bottles of wines to take home.


Travis Harnett Trio – A tantalizing trio who seamlessly blend sounds and material resulting in a jazzy mix of guitar driven instrumental tunes.   

Ali Marcus – Ali’s music spans a variety of audiences.  Here smart, melodic songs have been featured on NPR, XM, NY Times and venues throughout America.  With a box full of harmonicas, her music brings a dose of bluesy country to the act.

Spoonshine – A fabulous acoustic bluegrass duo with virtuosic mandolin, guitar and exceptional harmonies.

Mills Music – Open mic night.  Strongly suggested to sign up in advance, but walk-ins are always welcome.  Contact Don @ 425/392-1000.    


ArtByFire: Master Glass Blower, Leonard Whitfield, shows off his collection of hand blown glass and demonstrates the glass blowing process creating art pieces that are sure to dazzle.

artEAST:  Browse this fabulous gallery for unique and one of kind items including sculpture, wall décor, jewelry and more. In addition,  Eastside Writes, a new community based literary arts organization, is partnering with artEAST to present “Undercover Stories; The Secret Life of Books”.  Beginning February 7, the month-long program will feature an exhibit of art created from books and a series of visual art and writing workshops.



$25 in advance or $30 at the event (online tickets on sale until 3 p.m day of event; limited day of tickets available check in)
(Includes 10 one ounce drink tokens) 

  • Check in starts at 6:00 at the Hailstone Feed store (the historic Shell Station) –  232 Front Street
  • You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting tickets
  • Will call for pre-paid tickets require identification for the name tickets were purchased under
  • Maps of tasting locations, plastic wine glass, tokens and wristband provided at check in.
  • Take a bottle of wine home from the tastings or enjoy downtown at participating restaurants.  Available for purchase at the Hailstone Feed Store.


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