Thursday, October 29, 2020

Launching Avery Art Store!

 For the past year and a half, I have had the pleasure of representing Avery Skaggs, a fellow artist here in Juneau, Alaska. Avery is quadriplegic and non-verbal, so his paintings are crucial to his communication. His paintings are full of expression and bring him great joy. 

I have been working on putting together his new website and creating him a product line showcasing his paintings for months now. I'm very proud of how it came out! Please check it out and support Avery Art!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Fall Class Registration for the Juneau Art Academy is now open!!

Register for Fall 2019 classes now!  
Formal art instruction for Kindergarten-Adult in drawing and painting are available, as well as other art mediums.  Classes run semester long (15 weeks).  Fall semester is September-December.
For more information and class descriptions: Juneau Art

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Pop Up Art Show in Juneau, AK on Friday, October 5

All art exhibited will be for sale.  Pieces are from Flume and Solstice.  10% of sales will be donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau, AK.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Solstice Art Exhibition


‘Solstice’ is a dialogue on Juneau’s colonial story as expressed by our furthest and closest points to the sun, with all of the pieces taking place in Evergreen Cemetery.  Ravens, crosses, tombstones, pathways, maps, sun rays, and shadows create natural metaphors of death and rebirth, oppression and resistance, and life paths in between.

To a great degree, these pieces created themselves.  Naturally, I had the concept, location, and style in mind, but I didn’t have any idea as to what shape the pieces would take until they decided that they were finished.  This is quite a departure from my typical thought process, where I meticulously plan out sketches ahead of time with a specific image in mind.  I simultaneously worked on all 13 pieces of the series to maintain continuity between them.  Each piece in the series is packed full of symbolism that can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways, depending on the viewer’s Truth. 

Stylistically, these pieces are inspired by Eyvind Earle.  He is most famous for his background paintings in the Disney animated feature, ‘Sleeping Beauty’.  (Fun fact, cemetery comes from Greek to mean sleeping chamber.) Not only do I admire his style, but I wanted to play with art that we’ve been strongly influenced to blindly accept as being aesthetically pleasing to draw the viewer in, only to reveal something darker and sinister.  This tension forces the viewer to acknowledge that reality is not as idealistic as it appears. Perhaps it’s a slightly sadistic approach to take as an artist, but hopefully you, the Viewer, can find intrigue within. Maybe even humor.

‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released in 1959, and the Juneau Federal Building was completed in 1962.  By 1968, much of what was left of the Aak’w Kwaan’s summer fishing camp along Dzantik’i Héeni just blocks away was completely destroyed and filled in with mine tailings. Gentrified white middle-class neighborhoods quickly took over in the form of the already encroaching Casey Shattuck “Flats” neighborhood to Evergreen Cemetery’s south and the Evergreen and Behrends neighborhoods to its north.  Evergreen Cemetery itself is an analogy of the history of Western Expansion across North America over Indigenous lands and broken treaties.

10% of sales will be donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a nonprofit organization and provides training and other opportunities directly to artists in addition to offering a variety of art, education, Native language, culture and research programs.  Sealaska Heritage’s goals are to promote cultural diversity and cross-culturally understanding through public services and events.

Thank You’s and Reference

·        X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell

Gunalchéesh for sharing your knowledge of the proper Tlingit place names for the downtown map in the summer images.

·        'Haa Léelk'w Hás Aaní Saax'ú; Our Grandparent’s Names on the Land.’ Edited by Thomas F. Thorton. SHI, Juneau, AK 2007

·        The staff at the Alaska State Library Historical Collections

They assisted me in digging up the ‘Juneau City Mining Record’ articles and early survey maps pertaining to the Ridge and Evergreen Cemeteries.  The News clippings are collaged throughout the series.

·        Patsy Popejoy Nordmark (my mom)

She has been telling me stories of Evergreen Cemetery since I was a child.  She grew up in a house at the edge of the cemetery in the 1940’s and 50’s.

  • My husband and children for their love and support.

This project is supported in part by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and the City & Borough of Juneau.

Solstice - SOLD

Thoughts and Prayers

Assimilation, Assassination

Tideline- SOLD

Check Mate - SOLD


Path - SOLD

The Gallery Will be Closing in 15 Minutes - SOLD

Manifest Destiny -SOLD

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil - SOLD

Peratrovich - SOLD

From Earth we Came, to Earth we Go - SOLD

Revitalization, or Resurrection?

Life Drawing Sketches

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Corvus Design Winter Card, 2017

This is a commissioned illustration I did for Corvus Design here in Alaska for winter greetings, 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Back to the 1898 Klondike gold-panner theme...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This is a style study for a new series of pieces I'm working on.

Friday, December 9, 2016

I created this months ago, after an extremely challenging parenting day.  My then two year-old, had refused to let me go when she finally fell asleep.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

From some of the pen sketches I did this past weekend.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Woman in TlingitDance Regalia

From a Winter & Pond photographed portrait of the same title.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Taku Chief Anotklosh

 From a 1910 Winter & Pond photo reference, Alaska Digital Archives.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Flume Study 9-SOLD

Inspired by a walk last week.