Patty Haller's paintings are greatly informed by her background as a forester and a data analyst. Haller explores the beauty, order and chaos of the northwest forest in her colorful and complex paintings.
In Haller's words, "I use imagery of Pacific NW forests to create spatial botanical worlds. Starting with a few compelling, simple plant forms carefully rendered, I'll layer on painted shapes to build a very complex plant community. I hope the result is both recognizable and mysterious, because that is how I experience the forest. I love art history and am seeing the impact of studying Meiji Period Japanese art and the Vienna Secession. I also have an interest in statistics and big data, treating the forest as a huge dataset to analyze. Every combination of ideas is a great reason to make art about the one subject that does stay constant, the western forest."
Andrew Vallee presents new wood and bronze sculptures. This new body of work represents a shift towards representation. Vallee's focus continues to be on creating man-made natural objects. Capturing the beauty and essence of these natural forms. He collects most of the objects as models for his subject matter around his home on the shores of the Samish Bay.