Hello and Happy Fall to you. The flora and fauna is looking brilliant in my part of the world and I hope it’s looking lovely in yours.
I’m so excited for this choice now: You may view and purchase my work at https://fineartamerica.com/ (use my last name as search word Soderstrom) where you can choose to have work printed on cell phone case, mug, shower curtain (amazing), tote bag, throw pillow, and many more useful items. Fine Art America offers the service of selling matted and framed prints of my work that are ready to hang or give as a gift.
Fine art archival prints from my signed and numbered editions may be ordered through me which are printed on rag white cotton paper, s/n, and shipped to you unframed. Email me if you need assistance in choosing the best option for you!
I can count on one hand the number of donations that I make through my artwork, annually. This, a charity near and dear to my heart, Native Horsemanship program for kids (mostly res kids) and anyone else who wants to join in. This program is free to students thanks to community support including Clearwater Casino of Suquamish, WA. My friend Lynne Ferguson of Indianola, WA shares the magic of horses and the hard work involved, with students year round. Growing up with horses: Priceless.
This painting will be auctioned off during her upcoming fundraiser. Prints are available ($20.00) with a portion of the proceeds going to Lynne’s program.
This, mostly complete with a few details to polish up. Watercolor and chalk pastel, 18″ x 14″. Foreground is The Singing Coho, background is one of the Cowlitz family canoes and the middle ground features the wind, though I don’t know which family this is. The design is stunning. Image based upon 2016 Canoe Journey at Suquamish. Many are currently paddling with Puyallup as final destination. Safe travels to all! Can’t wait to see you in Suquamish again.
My blast from the past image here is one of my favorite pieces: “Shades of Orcas”, watercolor and chalk pastel 22″ x 14″. Painting this was thrilling as I worked from a small image on my phone! These lovely men purchased the framed artwork at the ‘Just Art’ fundraiser benefit for Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus 2008. I recall vividly the chocolate fountain surrounded by fruit and visited it often during the event. Thanks to Scott Walden for these great opportunities to donate my work over the years. You rock!
There was a lovely ‘pop up gallery’ held at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference earlier this month at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. Robi Smith of Blue Lantern Studios (Vancouver BC) did a fabulous job of curating this temporary gallery within the Conference. Ten artists provided a variety of artwork for viewers to enjoy and purchase. My painting ‘Salmon Canoe’ was purchased in addition to many of my greeting cards. I truly enjoyed meeting so many people who are dedicating their energy each day to protect and care for our earth, our Salish Sea on so many levels.
My recent watercolor called ‘Arrived’, 20″ x 28″ framed. Aren’t these canoes beautiful? The foreground canoe is called ‘Dancing Serpant’, most likely from the Tsleil Waututh nation near southern Vancouver Island. Leonard Forsman, Suquamish Tribal Chairman, greeted families as they arrived during this beautiful sunny day.
This, my most recent painting for Gallery North in Edmonds, Washington. This watercolor which I call ‘Connections’, will be in their Small Works Show during March with an art walk on Thursday March 15, 5-8pm. See you there! Edmonds is a super cute town with some great restaurants like Chantrelles which I highly recommend.
When I’m not painting or teaching art, I enjoy hiking with friends to places such as Little River in Port Angeles, Washington. This is clearly one of the most beautiful settings; very similar to the Hoh Rain Forest. We hiked in a few miles, enjoyed the fragrance, caves, flora, hearing water drop from the rock cliffs, and strolling by trees who are 500 years old. Then we saw cougar tracks and decided it was time to go back anyway. We are blessed in this corner of the world.