Friday, August 8, 2014


The public is invited to the sixth annual ARTfusion Show at The Cutting Garden Art Center, 303 Dahlia Llama Lane in Sequim.  The show, which will be open Labor Day weekend  (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 29th through August 31st, 11am – 5pm) features new work by five of Sequim’s award-winning professional artists.
 2014 has been a momentous year for the ARTfusion artists.  New galleries, new tools and amazing travel are reflected in the current works that will make up this year’s show.

Rocky Fankhouser has been a fine woodworker for over forty years.  His background is mechanical and industrial design.  He enjoys working with a variety of materials, creating fine rustic furniture, art deco inspired bird houses and weathervanes, sand-blasted glass and carved concrete. This year, after acquiring a new, larger lathe, Rocky has been focused on turning beautifully complex segmented bowls.  One may review his complicated process at  Rocky is a member of Sequim Arts and the Sequim Museum and Art Center.  He also sells his work at The Gift Shop at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.
 Linda Collins Chapman is a nationally recognized ceramicist, a professional potter for nearly 40 years.  Her work has been selected for juried and invitational shows including the American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and San Francisco, as well as the Colorado Artist Craftsmen Show at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.  Her fine porcelain pieces are wheel-thrown, combining both traditional and and innovative techniques to achieve risky and innovative vessels. Linda utilizes the ancient decorative technique of scraffito, creating pattern and three-dimensional effects on the surface of her pots.  She also sculpts in clay, creating wall-hung masks.  Her work can be seen at the Hanapepe Artworks Gallery in Kauai, Hawaii, The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, and Heatherton Gallery, Port Angeles.  Linda is a member of the American Crafts Council, Washington Clay Arts, Sequim Arts and the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.  Her works may be seen at
 Paulette Hill, a prize-winning jeweler, enjoys working with subtle textures and colors she observes in nature.  Employing the vivid color and sparkle of crystals, stones, metals, and pearls, she creatively incorporates unusual combinations  into her lovely earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  Paulette is also a teacher, conducting jewelry-making workshops.  Paulette shows her work at the LARC Gallery in Sequim, the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and Heatherton Gallery. She always enjoys demonstrating her jewelry-making techniques which include fine silver wire wrapping, peyote bead-stitching, and  the unique right-angle weave.  Her new pieces are always surprising and delightful, reflecting her exquisite craftsmanship. Please see her new work at
 Pat Starr, a noted watercolorist, has painted landscapes and animals for over twenty-five years.  ARTfusion 2014 will display her lush landscapes and vivid abstract work.  Pat’s work has been displayed in juried exhibits throughout the US and her painting, “Day Lake” won Best of Show at the Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks Show in 2006.  She is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, a past member of the Blue Whole Gallery, and a founding member of ARTfusion.  Pat has also recently joined Heatherton Gallery in Port Angeles. 
 Catherine Mix, founder of the Cutting Garden Art Center, began painting in earnest in 1995 and has honed her craft, participating in and hosting Workshops by nationally recognized artists.  Catherine paints with pastel and watercolor (and sometimes both media together) capturing the spectacular scenery of the Olympic Peninsula and this year, new works reflecting her sensational float trip down the Colorado River.  She paints to reveal light and shadow and the electric color combinations they create.  Catherine paints for the satisfaction of solving complex design problems and covets her solitary time spent absorbed in the process of turning pastel and watercolor into a rich visual story. She also shows at Heatherton Gallery.  Her work can be seen at and she reveals her involved techniques at

ARTfusion invites the public to celebrate 2014 with us and meet the ARTfusion artists this Labor Day weekend! 
 For a preview of the new artwork, a map and directions to The Cutting Garden Art Center in Sequim, please visit

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Down the Colorado III

Down the Colorado III
This is the third in a series of paintings from our trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon in May.

If you would like to see step by step how I painted this watercolor, please go to

Linda's Kauai YouTube Video

I was living in Kauai when I made this video.  Enjoy!

(My Kauai gallery is now Hanapepe Artworks)

Monday, July 14, 2014

After purchasing a new wood lathe last year, Rocky has rediscovered how much he enjoys making round things!

The last few months, he has focused on turning gorgeous segmented bowls.

The following is a brief look at the not so brief process for a 15 inch diameter bowl:

Gluing up wood strips:  Purpleheart, yellowheart, padouk, sapele, alder, poplar, maple and wenge.

Gluing up wedges of yellowheart

Thickness standing


Cutting rings

Gluing up the rings

Turning and finishing using shellac and wax

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Sometimes I feel like I am just spinning my wheels. No traction, no progress, just frustration.
As an artist, one can consider times like these a blessing, because frustration is the foundation for growth.
Artists are never really satisfied, always searching for a better, more beautiful solution.  No matter what media we work in, the answer is simply this:


Making art is a process, an evolutionary practice.
One thing leads to another.
The real meaning of making art lies in the process-not the end product.