When I saw an exhibit of calligraphy for the first time, I knew immediately that I wanted to make the art my life's work. The next day I purchased Speedball nibs and the accompanying instruction booklet, ink and paper, and began to practice. The independent study of calligraphy expanded to include the history of writing, philosophy, and spirituality. More than 40 years later I am still excited by well-made, beautiful letters. Although I enjoy using computer programs for graphic design and web development, I still prefer to express myself with a pen.
I opened a studio in 1974 and began executing commissions, doing commercial graphic design work, exhibiting in galleries, and teaching.
Experimentation with letterforms (and the tools and materials used to create them) has led to a non-representational style of painting. I paint using wooden tools I make myself, and water-based color on paper and fabric.
I live on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula with my husband, Karl Stokke, and we have a daughter, Mara
. I have also worked as a lay social worker and administrative assistant.
- Skylight Gallery, Port Angeles, Washington 1976, 1980, 1983
- Dragon's Hoard Gallery, Sequim, Washington 1984
- Blue Whole Gallery, Sequim, Washington 1999
Exhibits & Juried Shows
- N-Vision Gallery, Des Moines, Washington 1996
- Westwind Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington, 2010, 2014
- Blue Whole Gallery, Sequim, Washington 1997-2001