an imageteller captures image celebrations.

sharing image tales broadens an artistic expression.

doing so, brings this particular creative indescribable joy.

what is your image story? perhaps I can help you tell it! 



Stores Gone By

June 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

a local county institution has closed.  

i went by to snap a shot of it's retro sign and remembered that i had taken a few more shots a year ago.

i love these sorts of places. always have. character rich. quirky. independent. hard working. a place you make sure you stop by and get a little something to offer them fiscal support. 

the area is already a food desert. another store like it also shut down near the border, it was the only grocery story in that small town. 

it would be awful if a gas station/ convenient store went in.

so ordinary. 

maybe another small independent grocer will scoop it up. 

yes ....that's a better idea.

Collage With Karen Every Second Saturday At MakeShift Art Space

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


i am quite pleased to announce that beginning June 10th 

and every second saturday from 11 - 1, following that - at least through the summer,

the hip all ages art making space Make.Shift in downtown bellingham

will be hosting

Collage With Karen Workshops.

To make registration super easy

we've collaborated with pop up workshop facilitators:  aftermath collective

registration is required.

sliding scale payment is offered

bring magazines to tear and a glue stick please

see you soon!!

( as of August, due to my move - I am no longer teaching at Make.Shift)






Essence Of Bellingham 2017

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

There is this local photgraphy contest that I participated in last year. it's called the Essence Of Bellingham Photo Competition. I thought I would enter it again this year. To simplify the selection process for myself I searched through images only from January - April of 2017.  I had over 40 images that struck me in one way or another, and then selected my 10 submissions from that. The focus theme was neighborhoods. I had luckily had a few treks into the York Neighborhood that seemed to be a good fit.  Since I live in the country now I observed what brought me into the city these last months. I love the quirk, eclectic charm of Bellingham, WA



The Theme Is Wild Cut

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I recently submitted these three collages to a gallery's juried call for art - the theme is "Wild Cut" 

In the past I have gotten really nervous when submitting art, not sure why.

personal sabotage? intimidated? fear of the competition? 

a fellow artist once said to me... don't sweat it, just enter,don't fuss too much, and let it go. there will always be calls for art, and the worst that they can say is no. however, if they say yes - your efforts are rewarded by having exposure at a gallery. the wish of every artist.

and so, in the spirit of not over thinking it...

I entered with this artist statement: 

When I began to collage I used scissors. I believe that doing so was an assertion of control. Once comfortable in the medium I started to tear. I found that tearing offered a freedom, and an unexpected expression. Scissors lost their place. Over time my collage work became a narrative of my day to day. I was the victim of bullying this year. Coming to the other side of that experience I found I could not tear. I was compelled to use scissors. I found the exacting of scissor use very reassuring. I also found the work I produced to example an inner strength and resolve that I needed to know at the time.

How wild!

  1. Golden Goddess

( I’ve got this. I’ve got my back.At my heart’s core – I am strong. You can’t mess with me)

  1. In One Ear And Out The Other

( he was not having anything to do with my version of the circumstance)

  1. Pending Homeless

( the consequence of all of this could land me homeless )






Collages On Tour At Lenny's Bike Shop

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Excited to share that Lenny's Bike Shop in Ferndale, WA has a gallery wall that is now hosting these three collages!!  Since my son is into cycling I like that my work is hanging it that environment. My work is currently being curated by an enthusiastic student named Jody - from WWU - it's impossible as an artist to know and process and or have time to submit to all the potential places to hang their art. I am delighted that Jody has taken a particular interest in my work.  I am looking forward to working with him. 

1. and then she cried

2. parted

3. zippered up

Photography = a never ending opportunity to capture visual celebrations.