My hunt for tins is endless. I love the
colorful images printed on the tins. These visuals leap out at me.
For each piece a theme develops as I study my tins. Colors, patterns
and details are considered. The tins are dismantled by hand. They
are pounded flat using a hammer on an old cutting board. I strive
to preserve the unique features of the tins; the seam edges, natural
wear and tear, pictures and words. The tins are cut to highlight
these elements. Nothing is wasted. The cut shapes often incorporate
the metal memory of the original manufactured shape of the tins.
The cut pieces bend and curl accordingly. I capitalize on the reflective
qualities of the metal playing with negative space, light and dark.
Each piece I create changes as the lighting around it changes. Recycled
and hand made tools are used. With stamps I add words and designs.
Options for the base include job site
scrap, cupboard doors, shelves, crate ends, cut plywood, and furniture.
I arrange and rearrange the tin pieces into my vision. They are
nailed on with 1/2 wire nails. I turn post consumer tins into
one of a kind vibrant artworks.
My studio is located in The Tin House,
in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The Tin House
is a full house installation of tin art created by me and my friends.
Fremont - Seattle, Washington
I have been working with recycled tin
for a long time now. When I started
in 2006 I just needed a way to work with my hands and a good excuse
to the hardware store and the Goodwill. Reinventing your life is
these days but there I was a rancher without a ranch and a desperate
to express myself. A marriage ended, a new life beginning and so
It was not an original idea; I took inspiration from Old Uncle Jack's
can art hanging up in my home. Now I see that I am part of something
larger than myself. Contemporary Tin Art is in galleries and museums.
Together we have created a legacy that art will emerge from our
am so honored to be included in the book *Art Without Waste* by
Wongpakedee, coming out this fall. Now I think to make art with
can get my hands on. I have combined tin with black velvet, bicycle
tubes, and glow in the dark paint. I have created abstracts, portraits,
imaginary people, sculptures, and mobiles. I seem to never run out
things to try with tin. My journey has led me on a vagabond life.
been privileged to meet such amazing and inspirational artists along
way. They have indeed influenced me and I surround myself with their
in The Tin House, my home and showcase of my art and that of my
Red Bull Art of Can Exhibition, Finalist,
River East Art Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. November 2007.
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.
24th Annual Open Studios Art Tour participant. October 2009
The New Davenport Gallery, 450 Highway
One, Davenport, California. www.davenportgallery.org.
Pacific School Fundraiser, May 5 - 31, 2010
Davenport, California. Artisan Market,
Summer weekends 2010
The New Davenport Gallery, Abstractions.
August 4 - 31, 2010
The New Davenport Gallery, Reused
and Recycled. October 6 - 31, 2010
Santa Cruz Magazine, Fall 2010, Works
in Progress, Local Artists open their Studio Doors. Justine
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County,
25th Annual Open Studios Art Tour, October 2011, participant.
The New Davenport Gallery, Metal
is Magic. December 1 - January 30, 2010
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, www.pafac.org.
1203 East Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles, Washington. Art
is a Gift, Holiday Arts and Crafts Marketplace, December 1 -
Rain Shadow Coffee, Sequim Washington.
Solo show, Black Velvet Glow in the Dark Masterpieces, February/March
Sequim Arts High School Student Show
Danaca Design Student and Teacher
Exhibition, December 2012, Danaca Design, Seattle, Washington
Seattle Metals Guild Biennial - Washington
State Convention Center, in the South Galleria, Seattle, Washington.
May - July 2013
10 x 10 x 10 x Tieton, National Juried
show, August/11 October/9/2013, Mighty Tieton Warehouse,
Womens Caucus for Art
Colorado Chapter, Mixed Media, National Juried Show, September
12 28, 2013, Annex @ Core Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
The Road Not Taken, National Juried
Show, November 1 December 7, 2013, Lander Art Center,
Art Without Waste; 500 Upcycled and
Earth Friendly Designs. Patty K. Wongpakdee, Associate Professor
of Graphic Design, New York Institute of Technology. September
Streetwise, national juried show,
April 4 - May 5, 2014, Portland, Oregon.
Some of my art is owned by:
Anne Barnes - Santa Barbara, California.
Jack Howard - Santa Barbara, California. Elise Levinson - Santa
Cruz, California. Diane Vallincourt - Santa Cruz, California. Larry
Harden - Santa Cruz, California. Edie Sullivan - Seattle, Washington. Melissa
Evans -Seattle, Washington. Langdon and Anne Simons - Seattle, Washington.
Rick Paul -Santa Barbara, California. Jenny and Kyle Radulesk -
Lake Oswego, Oregon. Meghan and Curran OBrien - Portland,
Oregon. Cutter Wicks - Portland, Oregon. Carly Sullivan - Lake Oswego,
Oregon. Christina Wilson - Manzanita, Oregon. Christianna Honeycutt
- Santa Cruz, California. Mattie Leeds - Santa Cruz, California. Sal
Bartolomeno - New York, New York. Patsy Wilkes - Santa Cruz, California.
Nan Wonderly - Seattle, Washington. Philip Salter Seattle,
Washington. Elias Chimbuku Portland, Oregon.
Studio: The Tin House - Fremont. Seattle,
Mailing address: 3518 Fremont Ave N., #473, Seattle, Washington