Articles

Bird on Branch: Using Batik Techniques Embellish #25, Mar 2016, cover artist

Batik art by Carolyn Doe, Port Townsend Leader, Dec 2014

SIlkworm, Silk Painters International, Summer 2017, cover artist.

Art to Calm, Port Townsend Leader, Oct 2017

Past Shows

The Collective Visions 2015, Port Townsend, Feb 2015

 After wax has been applied around the image, silk dyes are then used.

After wax has been applied around the image, silk dyes are then used.

About Me

Welcome to my art

Welcome to my art.

I am mostly a self taught artist which only means
I play until I figured something out.
My on-going education in art takes place thru my
own passion and pleasure in the exploration of certain creative processes.

I started working in batik on silk fabric over twenty seven years ago. Batik has become my voice. When dye touches silk fabric it spreads like crazy. The wax creates a boundary. It is this dance of control/no control that captivates me for hours. Through this ethereal quality, I try to convey the essence of a place and of the creatures and plants that dwell there.

My recent work involves the technique of Eco Printing on silk fabric. I create the leaf print by a process that uses a direct-contact method of printing onto fabric with leaves to impart color and design onto cloth.

The silk is bundled with various leaves and boiled for a period of time. The permanent colors and patterns that emerge result from the plants combination with mordants and ph modifiers such as iron, vinegar and copper. The fabric is then washed and ironed. Using this process I create unique one of a kind silk scarves and clothing.

In my mixed media pieces, I combine Ecoprinting on silk fabric with palette knife and oils. I glue the finished silk fabric on to canvas using an acrylic medium. When dry, I use palette knives and oil paints to create sky, birds, fish and other details. When completely dry, I spray with a varnish to protect the finished painting.

My inspiration comes mostly from the natural landscape. My work as a field camp manager and cook around the state of Alaska allows me to experience wonderful, wild and remote places. I have been as far south as Antarctica as well. Like the cold, the beauty of Antarcticaʼs changing light cuts deep to the bone.

Hours spent observing, then I go indoors and create.
I like the movement of birds. They sometimes fly into my work.
I like the quiet of trees. They too, sometimes enter my paintings. And I love the stillness of the land.

I currently have work in galleries and private collections all over the US, as well as in several countries around the world, including Antarctica.

 Sketching on the Yukon River

Sketching on the Yukon River