Sarah Winkler. #100ittybittyblogposts

Time for another artist spotlight . Today I’d like to introduce you to Denver painter Sarah Winkler.

Sarah studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University. Her interest in geology and ecological processes show up strongly in her work. Her layered pieces of the desert and American mountain landscapes really speak to me.

I think her take on landscapes is refreshing and unique. I feel that Sarah captures the textures and rawness of these landscapes and transforms them into clever modern works of art. I hope you love her work too.

Check out Sarah’s current solo exhibition if you’re in the Denver area.

Check out Sarah’s current solo exhibition if you’re in the Denver area.

Leaving California #100ittybittyblogposts


Yesterday we left southern California behind. We hit the road in two vehicles heading north towards our new home. It was a gorgeous day for a farewell. We’re trading in palm trees for fir trees, and jammed freeways for quieter streets.

The magic of California will always bring us back for time wandering in the redwoods and it’s many amazing parks. We will be back for visits, and perhaps a bit of work now and then, but we were ready to say goodbye to southern California as our home.

Peace out Cali! xo Jen

Seeing the Work in Person #100ittybittyblogposts

Glacial Topography , encaustic and oil on panel 20 x 30 inches by Elise Wagner.

Glacial Topography
, encaustic and oil on panel 20 x 30 inches by Elise Wagner.

I have been a fan of Elise Wagner’s encaustic work for several years. I especially love her topographical pieces. I came across Elise on Instagram, and became intrigued with the encaustic medium she works in.

I never had the chance to see her work in person until recently. We have been exploring the Oregon coast for the last few months, and eventually we made it up to Astoria, OR. We happened into a gallery in Astoria, Imogen Gallery, and they had several of Elise’s pieces for sale. In fact they had just started carrying her work.

I was thrilled, it really was quite a rush to see the work of someone you admire in person. The size, texture and depth of her pieces are really enhanced by being in the same space with them. I was so inspired by her work, I might just have to take a class with her sometime. She offers workshops in her studio and beyond.

Thanks for creating your art Elise! I hope to see more in the future.

xo Jen

Our Oregon Trail

James and I on Cannon Beach.

James and I on Cannon Beach.

We have been on the road full time in our RV for three months this time. I have really settled into the groove of mobile life on this leg of our journey. It might be because I have been wanting to head up the Oregon and Washington coast for some time now, and it’s finally happening. Whatever the reason for the ease, I’ll take it.

We spent around four weeks in the redwood forests of northern California before heading up into Oregon. The redwoods are my sacred place. They are my favorite place to be to let the world just fall away. The trees have such an immense presence in space and time that nothing else I’ve seen yet compares. It feels like a place of deep knowing.

We reached Oregon in late January and started up Hwy 101. I had head nice things about the coastline but hadn’t done much if any research before we got here so I didn’t really know what to expect.

I’ll just say, we have fallen in love. Oregon has really done some things right to protect public access to its beaches and parks. Everything is so easily accessible to the public – it’s so much better than beach access in parts of California.

We have been taking our sweet time heading north and it’s been grand… jagged rocks and sea stacks out in the ocean, water falls inland and along the coast, massive sand dunes that transport you to other worlds, tons of coastal bridges and a lovely art scene.

We drove the bridge from Astoria over the Columbia River to Washington and it was a stunning drive. The Columbia River is massive, and the bridge shows off all its splendor as you drive over the state border mid river.

 There is something about the Pacific northwest. I’ve been to Seattle a few times over the last twenty years to visit my aunt and uncle who live there, and I’ve always been struck by its beauty. It feels so good here.

Highlights so far (from south to north):

  • Samuel H. Board State Scenic Corridor

  • Bandon Beach

  • Winchester Bay Sand Dunes

  • Florence

  • Cape Perpetua

  • Yachats

  • Ona Beach

  • Manzanita and Nehalem Bay State Park

  • Cannon Beach Art Scene

  • Astoria and the Astoria - Megler Bridge to Washington

Be sure to check out my Studio Instagram and Personal Instagram accounts for more pictures.