Tell us your Kirkland story. How long have you worked here?
I first came to Kirkland to check out artwork at Foster White Gallery. Soon afterward, in 2003, I started teaching at Kirkland Arts Center (after I left graduate school).
How did you end up here?
I decided to work in Kirkland because KAC offered wonderful opportunities for up and coming artists and teachers.
What do you find special about being an artist in Kirkland?
Kirkland Arts Center is an amazing resource for artists, through its educational opportunities and exhibitions; the lively artist community that participates in events like KAST (Kirkland Artist Studio Tour) makes you feel as though you’re not alone.
What do you find unique about working in Kirkland?
Seeing Mt. Rainier and the water every day on my way to and from work.
Are there any special places you like to go in Kirkland for artistic inspiration?
I like to grab lunch, go see the new installations at has (KAC’s store at Parkplace Center), and head to the waterfront pavilion.
Is Kirkland a good place to be working in the visual arts?
Because of Kirkland Arts Center, yes. KAC’s classes offer artists the opportunity to learn new disciplines, ideas, and techniques. Its built-in support network of instructors and fellow students provide feedback and dialog – and its exhibitions demonstrate that the arts.
What are your favorite cultural activities in Kirkland, besides visual arts?
I like to see performances (like Philip Glass) at Kirkland Performance Center.
What are some of your favorite places to go in Kirkland?
I like to go to the Library, Marina Park, Santorini’s, and the trail at Juanita Bay Park.
Where do you enjoy going when you're not working?
When I'm taking a break from work, I'll often walk down to Zoka for coffee, get some lunch at Hanuman Thai, or head to the pavilion at Marina Park, hang out and watch the boats go by.