About

 

Artist Statement

 

As an artist rooted in the arid landscapes of the eastern portion of the Pacific Northwest, my journey over the past 25 years has been one of deep exploration and expression through the medium of light. Unlike traditional artists who wield brushes and pigments, I work with the captured photons of light to paint my visions onto the canvas of my imagination.

I hail from a family steeped in artistic tradition—my great grandfather's melodies echoed from his piano, my grandmother's songs filled the air, and my mother's canvas captured vivid realities. This lineage is further enriched by relatives who were clock makers, woodcarvers, and carpenters, each crafting their art with hands skilled in shaping their materials into something transcendent.

My creative spirit is kindled by the subtle allure of the imperfect. I find inspiration in the timeworn grace of rusty metal, the stoic permanence of natural stone, or the unexpected charm of found objects. My art reflects this fascination, blending captured images with layers of textural elements like rust, which lend an ethereal, almost dreamlike quality to the final composition.

In my studio, these visions are brought to life through the precise application of archival pigment inks on hot press heavy cotton fiber paper. Each piece is carefully mounted on a custom-crafted wooden panel and finished with a hand-applied layer of clear acrylic medium, adding a tactile brushstroke texture.

My work has been described as poetic and imbued with a visual language that speaks to the soul. Admirers like K. Ranger have noted, "Very few would see the potential of a shot like this in the first place and the fact that you do singles you out as far more than an ordinary photographer." Rose Lotus adds, "Your images are poetic, with a visual language that rings true."

It is my hope that my art inspires others to seek and appreciate the often unseen and overlooked beauty that surrounds us every day. My creations adorn the walls of over seven hundred fine residential and corporate spaces across the United States and beyond, each a testament to a life devoted to the pursuit of artistic truth.

I continue this journey from my home studio in Kennewick, Washington, where each new piece is a discovery, and every discovered object is a potential narrative waiting to be told.


 

 

EXHIBITIONS

Hedges Family Winery Solo Show, Red Mountain, WA 2023

L'Art de L'Art Show, DS Watkins Gallery, Kennewick, WA 2023

67th Annual Juried Central Washington Art Exhibition, Yakima, WA 2022
Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland WA 2022
Solo Show, Gallery at the Park, Richland, WA  2021
Art in the Pearl Online Art Festival, Portland, OR  2020
"Celebrate Decay: Beauty Conveyed" 2 Zero 2 Gallery, Walla Walla, WA  2019
Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA  2019
Art in the Park Juried Art Fair, Richland, WA  2019
Art in the Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland OR  2018
Wenaha Gallery Solo Show, Dayton, WA  2017
Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA  2017
Salem Art Fair & Festival, Salem, OR  2017
Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA  2016
Gallery at the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA  2016
Art in the Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR  2014
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA  2013
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR  2013
Art in the Pearl, Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR  2012
Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA  2012
Gallery by the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA  2011
Sausalito Juried Art Festival, Sausalito, CA  2011
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA  2011
Gallery at the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA  2011
You & I Gallery, "This Is What I Do" Art Show, Kennewick, WA  2011
509 Juried Art Exhibition, Washington State University, Richland, WA  2011
"Painting With Light: A Photographer's Journey" Allied Gallery, Richland, WA  2010
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA  2010
Larsen Gallery, 43rd Annual Allied Arts Juried Exhibition , Yakima, WA  2010
Scottsdale Juried Art Festival, Scottsdale AZ  2010
54th Annual Central WA Juried Exhibition, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA  2009
Art In The Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR  2009
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA  2009
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA  2009
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA  2008
Washington State University, Fall Artists' Exhibition, Richland, WA  2008
Larsen Gallery, 53rd Central Washington Juried Exhibition, Yakima, WA  2008
"Introducing LuAnn Ostergaard", Simon Gallery, Yakima, WA  2008
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA  2007



AWARDS

Best of Show, Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA  2016
Excellence 2-D Medium, Condotta Award, Gallery at the Park, Richland, WA 2013
Purchase Award, Larsen Gallery Guild, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA  2009
Chancellor's Award, Washington State University, Richland, WA  2008
Purchase Award, Argus Insurance, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA  2007

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

3 Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Grand Hyatt Lodge, Denver, CO
Omni Hotel, Austin, TX
Hyatt Place Hotel, Athens, GA
Marriott Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Portside at the Inlet, West Palm Beach, FL
Miramonte Resort, Choachella/Palm Desert, CA
Argus Insurance, Yakima, WA

 

REPRESENTATION

Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D'Alene, ID

Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, OR

Phinney Gallery, Joseph, OR

Earthenworks Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

Earthenworks Gallery, LaConner, WA

Gallery at the Park, Richland, WA

D S Watkins Gallery, Kennewick, WA