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Once upon a time there was a little girl who imagined that she was a princess with a pet dragon, and who loved to jump waves at the beach, ride her bike, draw pictures, make up skits and put them on for the whole neighborhood, have watermelon seed spitting contests with her siblings, read Grimm’s and Anderson’s Fairy Tales, build forts in the back yard, and sing in the shower. She survived all that and is still alive and well inside of me, the adult woman who owns this bright and beautiful card shop. And now you’re here visiting. How wonderful! Please come in, brush the dragon scales off a chair and take some time to get to know me better.

My creative origins:
From the time I could hold a crayon with the intention to draw with it instead of eating it, I have been an artist. I grew up in Portland Oregon in a large family of artistic temperaments, most of us exploring our…

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  • Joined August 13, 2009

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professional colored pencils, pen and ink, watercolors, fine art papers, and chocolate

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About

Once upon a time there was a little girl who imagined that she was a princess with a pet dragon, and who loved to jump waves at the beach, ride her bike, draw pictures, make up skits and put them on for the whole neighborhood, have watermelon seed spitting contests with her siblings, read Grimm’s and Anderson’s Fairy Tales, build forts in the back yard, and sing in the shower. She survived all that and is still alive and well inside of me, the adult woman who owns this bright and beautiful card shop. And now you’re here visiting. How wonderful! Please come in, brush the dragon scales off a chair and take some time to get to know me better.

My creative origins:
From the time I could hold a crayon with the intention to draw with it instead of eating it, I have been an artist. I grew up in Portland Oregon in a large family of artistic temperaments, most of us exploring our creativity through art, music, writing and healing arts. This influence was further enhanced by art classes that I attended at Portland State University and the University of Alaska in Juneau.

What inspires me?
Living, breathing and swimming in the color palette of the Northwest has informed my art works enormously, as has the ever-present possibilities here of earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, tidal waves, and an infinite variety of cloud formations. I delight in and am hugely inspired by Nature. My art work reflects my love of Earth and my deep appreciation for the gift that is Life, its whimsy, beauty and endless opportunities for learning.

What’s special about my art?
My images run the gamut from wildlife to fantasy; from landscape to graphics. I believe that humor and surprise are essential elements to incorporate into a piece of art, especially in today’s digital world where we are constantly inundated with visual and sound bytes. A painting of a still life can be beautiful, and for some, this is enough. I, on the other hand, am more intrigued and inspired if I see something unusual reflected in the vase, or stuck in among the oranges and apples. I strive to bring a deeper spirit into the image, a deeper story that can resonate with something below the surface of the senses. There is a place in all of us that has a deep need for healing and beauty and it’s my intention that my art work entertains, yet educates; presents new perspectives while validating the present moment.

This year two different pieces of my art work were chosen for the front covers of NW publications.
Also, my ACEO images, "Smitten" and "Bubble Fairy" won third place in two separate ACEO contests sponsored by ACEO Online Magazine. http://www.etsy.com/listing/69014492/smitten-aceo
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74383906/bubble-fairy

The media I use:
I have experimented with a wide variety of media, and refer to myself as a “fine point artist”, which means that I employ both colored and graphite pencils, pen and ink, embossing techniques, and intaglio etching to render my detailed images. More recently I’ve stuck my toes in the water of digital art techniques. I love to combine media and, rather like a scientific experiment, stand back and see what happens.

How do I reproduce my art?
After creating a new piece of art, I scan it into my computer, make adjustments for size and color, then drop the image into formats for large prints, which I mat and frame in my studio; greeting and gift cards, which I print and package myself; ACEOs, which are miniature prints (“Art Prints, Editions & Originals”) the size of a playing or baseball card; and magnets, upon which I also put some of my Haiku poetry as well as selected images. The latter product is sold only at art fairs. As much as possible, I use sustainable and/or recycled materials in producing my products.

What else do I enjoy pursuing?
Healing arts: I am an artisan who needs variety. When I engaged in studies in healing arts, and the range runs from dental hygiene to Acupressure based on Chinese holistic practices, I found a pleasing balance between helping people with health issues and sequestering myself in the solitude of my art studio. They each inform and inspire the other. I still carry on a part time healing practice in my home.

Writing:
I am also an enthusiastic writer and have created a quarterly online newsletter for those who wish to explore their creativity, and I post a monthly blog on my website as well. I jump out of bed early most mornings to spend at least an hour writing poetry, children’s stories, short adult stories, and even have a couple of novels percolating on side burners. It’s an energizing way to start the day.

Teaching:
I’ve just started opening my home to young artists and teaching classes. It’s like going back to school myself when we explore a medium or technique that is new to them and I get to experiment with it through their perceptions. I feel renewed after hanging out with a young artist for an hour.

Everything else:
When I’m not doing all of the above, I hike forest trails and beaches, offer elbow grease to my veggie garden, study medicinal herbs and trundle my products off to art fairs and farmers’ markets. When time allows, I love to cook. It’s ALL fun and juicy.

The name of my business
My business name, Rising Tide Arts, was conceived in a tiny cabin on the shore of Lena Cove, eighteen miles north of Juneau, Alaska. I could sit and stare out at the water, shore birds, and cloudscapes for long periods of time and come back to myself with a whole new list of potential projects to embark upon. The symbol, in my logo, of the circle with a line through it is a universal one for ‘water’. It was the starting point. I needed for my logo to be the “picture worth a thousand words” in which my admiration, indeed, my spiritual ties with Earth and Nature were evident along with my ability to illustrate them. “Rising tide” speaks to my willingness to be on the cutting edge of my own thinking and creativity and to acknowledge that Mystery plays a big part in everything that gets created. You never know what the tide will bring in.

Thanks for being curious!

Terrea
www.risingtidearts.com

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