The Tacoma Series grew from my Banded Vessels, and builds upon the celebration of color from my Trophy Series while emulating their spirit of abundance. Generally, I treat my flowers as impressionistic. I believe if the focus is perfection, one runs the risk of creating artifice rather than life. I say this not as an excuse, but as an aesthetic decision. I felt strongly about this until I had the good fortune to tour the Tacoma Metro-parks Trial Dahlia Garden. The reality of the globular symmetry of these flowers is, in itself, quintessentially artificial. It has been an interesting exercise for me to emulate these flowers. Every series has a particular challenge that keeps me equally engaged and exasperated. The Tacoma series challenges me to balance the improbable artificiality of these wonderful flowers with my desire to impressionistically interpret them.
       
     
Blue with Yellow Mix Dahlias
       
     
Blue with Violet Interior and Pink and Yellow Mix of Flowers
       
     
Denim with Yellow Dahlias
       
     
Midnight Blue with Yellow Dahlia Mix
       
     
Ivory Tacoma with Red Dahlias
       
     
Tapered Ivory Tacoma with Red Dahlias
       
     
Aubergine Tacoma with Pink and Yellow Dahlia Mix
       
     
 The Tacoma Series grew from my Banded Vessels, and builds upon the celebration of color from my Trophy Series while emulating their spirit of abundance. Generally, I treat my flowers as impressionistic. I believe if the focus is perfection, one runs the risk of creating artifice rather than life. I say this not as an excuse, but as an aesthetic decision. I felt strongly about this until I had the good fortune to tour the Tacoma Metro-parks Trial Dahlia Garden. The reality of the globular symmetry of these flowers is, in itself, quintessentially artificial. It has been an interesting exercise for me to emulate these flowers. Every series has a particular challenge that keeps me equally engaged and exasperated. The Tacoma series challenges me to balance the improbable artificiality of these wonderful flowers with my desire to impressionistically interpret them.
       
     

The Tacoma Series grew from my Banded Vessels, and builds upon the celebration of color from my Trophy Series while emulating their spirit of abundance. Generally, I treat my flowers as impressionistic. I believe if the focus is perfection, one runs the risk of creating artifice rather than life. I say this not as an excuse, but as an aesthetic decision. I felt strongly about this until I had the good fortune to tour the Tacoma Metro-parks Trial Dahlia Garden. The reality of the globular symmetry of these flowers is, in itself, quintessentially artificial. It has been an interesting exercise for me to emulate these flowers. Every series has a particular challenge that keeps me equally engaged and exasperated. The Tacoma series challenges me to balance the improbable artificiality of these wonderful flowers with my desire to impressionistically interpret them.

Blue with Yellow Mix Dahlias
       
     
Blue with Yellow Mix Dahlias

15"h x 10"w - 2011

Blue with Violet Interior and Pink and Yellow Mix of Flowers
       
     
Blue with Violet Interior and Pink and Yellow Mix of Flowers

13.5"h x 10.5"w - 2012

Denim with Yellow Dahlias
       
     
Denim with Yellow Dahlias

14.5" x 11"w - 2011

Midnight Blue with Yellow Dahlia Mix
       
     
Midnight Blue with Yellow Dahlia Mix

17.5"h x 12.5"w - 2012

Ivory Tacoma with Red Dahlias
       
     
Ivory Tacoma with Red Dahlias

15.5"h x 11.5"w - 2011

Tapered Ivory Tacoma with Red Dahlias
       
     
Tapered Ivory Tacoma with Red Dahlias

18"h x 11"w - 2012

Aubergine Tacoma with Pink and Yellow Dahlia Mix
       
     
Aubergine Tacoma with Pink and Yellow Dahlia Mix

15.5"h x 12"w - 2011