Portfolio 1: Ciao Thyme Commons

The lovely new event space, Ciao Thyme Commons, is designed, owned and operated by Mataio and Jessica Gillis.  In the Summer of 2016, Jessica and Mataio invited me to create some new works to complement the design elements of this downtown Bellingham space.  I had worked with them on selecting a few furniture pieces from our Modern Classics furniture line and visited the space when it was in an early stage of development. There was a subdued, but rich, palette with a variety of textural elements being put into play in this gorgeous space.   I painted two large scale oil on canvas pieces working with the wall sizes and placements and fantastic light fixtures in mind. The painting shown at left is a 36x90" triptych which is bracketed at the back to hang as one painting.  It can then be broken down to move or store.  The second piece I created is a 60x60" oil on canvas in indigo blue, black and white.  Both pieces hang unframed.





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    Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.