Art on Sale!

11 09 2011

I’ve up a number of my art pieces on sale at 50% off the gallery prices.   Prices are without shipping, but I’m also willing to split shipping prices 50%.  Please check them out at


Tea House #3


Learning from others

18 11 2010

The other night I attended an excellent presentation at the Evergreen Artist Association given by Peggy Morgan Stenmark where she demonstrated her ink reduction techniques.   Now, I’m a digital artist so one might ask, to what value was the demonstration?   I actually found it to be of great value as I’m going to show below.

Some of my art has a distinctly watercolor look.   Now I do some edging in my pieces, I normally keep that edging subtle.   For example, below is a piece I did a couple of weeks ago.

Now Peggy’s reduction techniques hugely stress black ink edgings.  I was afraid to go in that direction but after I saw her work and technique I decided to apply something similar to my digital work.    The result is below, and I think it is a better piece.

Qi V2

My point here is that one does not have to be working in the same media as a presenter  to learn from them.


Art for the Market

20 06 2010

I took a new piece to the gallery Friday, my railroad piece “Wood and Steel”. It then sold within two hours and it got me thinking. The gallery is in a tourist town with a steam railroad (Georgetown Loop Railroad). So do I have the wrong art for that gallery? Perhaps I need to have art for the tourist, i.e. railroad art. So I spent this weekend creating four new pieces.

Clear Creek Crossing

Old No. 478

Shay #1

Silverton Steam

New Web Site for Colorado Mountain Art Gallery

15 06 2010

For the crime of being an artistic computer geek, I was shanghaied into creating the web site for the Colorado Mountain Art Gallery.   It still needs some polish but you can find it at

New Piece – Wapiti and Flowers

8 06 2010

Just finished my latest piece, Wapiti and Flowers.  I hope you like it.  Again, my source material was in my back yard.

Art and Being Transgendered

15 11 2009

If you read my ‘About Marla’, you will note that I am a transgendered woman. Now transgendered can mean a number of different things, but in my case I use the word broadly, meaning an individual who transcends societies gender rules and barriers. Basically, although I have a male body, I live both as a man and a woman, and cross over between the two.

Lines of DanceThis means that I have interesting conflicts in myself, I access both the masculine and the feminine to be a total person. I merge both the yin and yang.

I believe this is also reflected in my art. We can see this in a number of different ways. For example, my art uses some of the latest innovations in digital technology in the creation process, yet I strive to bring a very personal texture and warmth in the final renditions of my art. This is why I like canvas and why you see brush strokes and other long used physical expressions in the art.

The themes I chose have a strong yin and yang in that I draw both from oriental and occidental sources, and bring them together in a single piece. In a like way, I like to work with both light and dark, and contrast the two.

I believe, both in my life and in my art, by drawing from disparate sources, I can create something greater than either alone.


Guess my Source

4 11 2009

OK, I got silly but here is a new piece I created tonight.   Guess my source.

Cat Asleep on Scanner