Entries by Carolyn Henderson

The Dentist Artist — Sculpture by Shelia Coe

Childhood Christmas gifts create lasting memories. Often, they even shape our future. And so it was for ceramic artist Shelia Coe . . . sort of. It just took a little longer than her mother, whose biggest desire was that her daughter grow up to be an artist, envisioned. “My mother was a frustrated artist,” Coe […]

Dream Job, Dream Home, Dream Life — The Paintings of Barbara Janusz

She bicycled from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. Rode and camped in a horse-drawn wagon, traveling from farm to farm in Ireland. Hiked the high Sierras. Traveled in and through Morocco, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland, Mexico, Canada and the United States. And stood in the midst of an opening art reception in […]

Scrapyard Beauty — The Fine Art Photography of LuAnn Ostergaard

Etiquette matters. And when you’re visiting a scrapyard, the rules of behavior are even stricter, because they have to be. “Stay far away from the large pieces of heavy equipment being operated, employing big swinging arms with grasping tools or huge magnets that lift metal from place to place,” advises LuAnn Ostergaard, a fine art […]

Escaping the Office Cubicle — The Paintings of David Schatz

Office cubicles are not known for being spacious, liberating, beautiful places. Grey, carpeted, windowless, and with walls too low for privacy, the ubiquitous modern “office” is a venue that artist David Schatz left far behind on weekends and holidays, when he explored landscapes, floral gardens, and wildlife refuges in search of meaningful images to paint. “I try […]

Exotic Tunisia & Walla Walla Wine Country — The Jewelry of Pamela Good

They’re called souks — marketplaces or commercial quarters in Western Asia or North Africa, and most of us know what they “feel” like by imagining ourselves in the Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The sights, sounds, smells, colors, people (even without the evil, black-robed swordsman confronting Indie), are all very exotic, alluringly unfamiliar in a fascinatingly romantic sort […]

Eclectic and Diverse — The Paintings of Todd Telander

Flexible. Adaptable. Supple. While these sound like requirements for a CrossFit athlete, they aptly describe the attitude of an artist, specifically, Todd Telander of Walla Walla. The painter and illustrator — who specializes in everything from commercial illustration to teaching art students from 10 to 80 years old — toggles back and forth between tasks […]

Seriously Fantastic — The Art of James Christensen

He was whimsical. He was serious. He painted religious themes. But his trademark image was a floating or flying fish, often on a leash. He knew his Shakespeare. And he celebrated his Everyman, too — the podgy, humpback character who represented the imperfections in all of us. James Christensen, the renowned fantasy artist inspired by the […]

Painting In the Zone — Nature and Wildlife by Pamela Claflin

Pamela Claflin loves to paint with friends, even though once she gets the brushes out, she stops talking to them. Upon entering “the zone,” Claflin focuses on the task at hand and the scene in front of her, to the point that she — very very literally — notices nothing else. “One time, while painting in the […]

Bright, Shiny Jewelry — The Corvidae-Inspired Art of Rachelle Moore

Crows, ravens, jackdaws, magpies — while members of the Corvidae family are notorious for raucous dissonance, they also possess a captivating charm that invites jewelry maker Rachelle Moore to their fan club: They like shiny things. “I love shiny things!” the Kennewick artist exclaims, explaining why she named her business Corvidae Fine Art, reflecting a lifelong […]

Kindled by Encaustic — The Paintings of Lauri Borer

While Lauri Borer did not learn all she really needed to know in kindergarten, she did pick up a lot from the world of Walt Disney. The Walla Walla artist, before she moved to the Land of Many Waters in 2005, lived in Florida and worked with merchandising and human resources at the Walt Disney Company. “It’s […]