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July 17, 2015

It has been challenging and fun, and given me something to do when the temperatures are really hot outside. My latest scissorcuts will be shown at the White Oak Gallery in downtown Silverton during the month of November. Here are a few I have recently completed.

Eagle over mtn - framed

American Flag 2Canoeing in the Adirondacks


Owl at Night

April 24, 2015

The White Oak Gallery opened in downtown Silverton in March. I went in to meet the owners, and was invited to display my scissorcuts and other artwork in their gallery.  I was delighted with the invitation and discussed a possible showing as featured artist in November.  All pieces displayed must be for sale, so I am busy trying to get some new work done.

“Owl at Night” is complete and ready for framing.  I intend to mount it on a light gray, with a full moon above the owl. Should be quite stunning. Another recent cutting is of Al Anderson’s primitive art. If you are interested in purchasing any of my work, please drop me an email: at Al Anderson 3-2015

Owl at Night

Owl at Night


March 16, 2015

It was exciting to try a three-color scissorcut and see the finished piece. The three layers were cut as separate pieces of paper but had to be aligned so the shorelines matched, and the snow on tree branches allowed white to show through. After cutting the three layers, they were delicately glued together with touches of rubber cement from the tip of a toothpick.  I was pleased with the final result, especially the exquisite detail of the trees and ripple reflections on the lake. I matted and framed (16×20) the piece on Saturday, March 14. Friends at church said it reminds them of the lakes in the Cascade mountains of Oregon, near Mt. Hood or Mt. Jefferson.

Glacier Lake


October 13, 2014

Seagull and Trawler
Finally felt inspired to do another scissorcut and finished it on October 12, 2014.


July 31, 2014

June 29 we were in Fairmont, Minnesota, to celebrate three birthdays. Carmen’s brother Gary, his son Mark, and Mark’s daughter Nicole were all born on June 29. It was great to see Gary and Susan, Carmen’s niece Lori and Jeff Joyce, Tyler and Andy, Aunt Iris, Scott and Cindy.

Gary, Mark, Nicole

Gary, Mark, Nicole

Gary Stevens family 2014

Gary Stevens family 2014

July 5 we were in Spokane, Washington, with Neal and Tiina Buckaloo, to celebrate Bill Anderson’s retirement from the Spokane County Clerk’s office.
Bill Anderson's Retirement

Bill Anderson’s Retirement

July 17 was the date for the wedding of Kay Brakowski (Jim’s aunt) to Tom Verdensky. Jim drove 2880 miles to Vail, Colorado, for the wedding. It was an honor to perform the marriage, and a privilege to meet many of Kay and Tom’s friends. Kay’s daughter and son were the bridesmaid and best man.
Christina, Tom, Kay, Eric

Christina, Tom, Kay, Eric

Crow on the fence post

March 15, 2014

Crow on Fence 3

I wanted to see if I could do a scissorcut of a barbed wire fence.  The old crow sitting on the fence post seemed a natural, and as I sketched the fence I decided that an old tractor tire would fit the scene.   A little different subject matter than my usual mountain and forest  landscapes.  Let me know what you think.   Thanks for stopping by.


September 18, 2013

Coolidge Park25


There’s a bridge in my home town, a foot bridge over the creek.  

On one side is the park with tall trees, cool shade,

Swings and slides for the kids,

And benches, where grown-ups can sit and visit just for fun. 

On the other side is business  

With City Hall, the Library, the Police Station, the cleaners, 

Real estate office and restaurant,

Lots of hot sun and traffic.

We begin life as a child 

We love the park, the shade, the slides and swings

All too soon we cross the bridge and go to work on the business side. 

We cope with the heat of the day

The labor, the competition, the rules,

The permits from City Hall, and the traffic.

Some day, in the not-too-distant future

I’ll cross that bridge one last time

Leave my work and business behind 

Walk into the cool shade of those beautiful trees

Become a child of heaven, play with other kids

Sit on the bench and talk with grown-ups 

Maybe Mom and Dad

Just for the fun of it.