About Me and My Work
Originally from New York, we came to the beautiful Puget Sound area in 2008.
I am currently working as an artist, musician and college art instructor.
With my partner Tom, we perform as the LukasRose band at many local venues.
In my own work, I am mostly a painter. I usually work with oils, but I love experimenting with other materials. Recently, we set up a pottery studio behind the house, so I now also dabble in clay.
I tend to work in series. If you have a look around my website, you'll see bodies of work that include barns, shoes, old cars and trucks, birds, and most recently, flowers. Other series I’ve worked on include specific places like Theler Wetlands Reserve in Belfair and Sinclair Inlet in the fog.
I paint in series because it allows me to explore my subject without limitations.
I am motivated by the challenges I find in each subject.
My questions to myself are always the same:
Can I take the image in my head and translate it in paint onto a canvas?
Can I capture the nuances of color, of light and shadow?
And most of all- can I give it a life outside of just “paint on canvas”?
I work in oils on canvas or wood panel. love the buttery feel of the paints on a very smooth surface. I love the smell of the paints and mediums (but I always open a window. Some of that stuff is just plain toxic!).
Painting is my passion and my joy. I hope you can see it in my work!
All painting images are available for sale as Giclee Fine Art Prints, even those marked "sold". (See the Shop page.)
You can reach me here through the contact page.
I am always happy to answer inquiries about my art.
I am a member artist (and current president of the board of directors) at
the Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, Washington.
We are open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm, and by appointment.
Join us for First Friday Artwalk in downtown Bremerton from 5-8 pm on the first Friday of each month!
Other Venues and Recent Shows
Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, Washington. The 16th Annual CVG Juried Show
My recent painting All That Quiet was invited into the show. Jan 14 through Feb 24, 2023
See all the entries at www.cvgshow.com
Confluence Gallery, Twisp, Washington; in the Community Gallery- Perspectives Holiday Gift Show. I have a number of small ceramic pieces in this show and sale. November 19, 2022 through January 7, 2023. https://www.confluencegallery.org/
Small Expressions; a juried show at Northwind Art, Port Townsend, Washington.
November 18 through December, 2022. https://northwindart.org/
Color and Light; a juried show at the Guilded Gallery, home of the Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild,
Stanwood, Washington, November through December 2022. See the show here
The South Kitsap Artists Association Annual Juried Show, held at the Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, Washington, September-October, 2022. Two of my paintings won awards- a 3rd place and an Honorable Mention.
The Peninsula Art League 2022 Juried Show, held at the Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, Washington, Sept 9 - Oct 29, 2022.
Elevated Ice Cream Company, Port Townsend, Washington, July and August 2022. I have a featured show for two months that includes many paintings of Port Townsend, other land and water views, and more. Visit through August 31.
Featured Artist Show at Collective Visions Gallery, 331 Pacific Ave, Bremerton, WA. The theme of this show is Local Waters; I will be displaying my paintings of the Theler Wetlands Reserve in Belfair, scenes from Sinclair Inlet, Hood Canal, Long Lake, Port Townsend, and more. June 1-25, 2022.
See more on their website here.
The 2022 Itty Bitty Show at Gallery Row, Gig Harbor, Washington. I have three teeny little paintings in this in-person gallery show, which runs June 3 - 30, 2022. Visit their website here.
The Lakeland Art Guild 50th Annual Melvin Gallery Art Exhibition, Lakeland, Florida, May and June 2022. I have 3 pieces accepted into this online show. You can see the show HERE after May 14.
The 2022 Helen Norris Open Art Show at the Sidney gallery, Port Orchard, WA.
May 5 to June 30, 2022. I have two paintings in this show: Summer Dahlia, which won an Honorable Mention award, and Waiting Room.
Solo Show for the City of Auburn, Washington at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, 808 Ninth St E
I will be showing about 12 paintings. Originally scheduled for 2020, this show was postponed due to the pandemic. May 4 through July 7, 2022.
It's OK to Laugh, a virtual and gallery show at The O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA., April 15 - May 31, 2022. My painting Shhh! was selected for this show. View the virtual show here.
Sunrise to Sunset, a virtual show hosted by The Huse Skelly Gallery, Balboa island, CA;
my painting Blue Sunset can be seen here on their website March 12 - April 8, 2022.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, an international virtual juried show,
March 2022. My painting Beacon can be seen online in the Winter Magic show here.
The Treehouse Cafe Lynwood Center, Bainbridge Island, WA. Hosted a solo show of my work January 6 through the end of February, 2022. Connect with the Treehouse Cafe here.
Monochromatic, a virtual and gallery show at The O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA.,
Feb 9 through April 9. 2022. My tiny 6" x 8" oil painting Indigo Moonrise was part of the online exhibit.
Landscapes and Seascapes, a virtual juried show at Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
My painting Winter Light, Union River Estuary was invited into this show. March 3-31, 2022.
Captured Photography, a virtual juried show at Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.
My photograph Summer Geometry is part of the online exhibit February 3 to 26, 2022.
Celebrating Color, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society virtual juried show, January 22 through February 25, 2022. My painting The Yellow Teapot was awarded 2nd Prize in this show.
Vibrant Landscapes, Red Bluff Art Gallery, Red Bluff, CA. My painting Blue Sunset can be seen November 15, 2021 through Feb 15, 2022 in the virtual 3D show here.
Botanical Art & illustration, December 2021, a virtual juried show at Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. My flower painting, Confidence, can be viewed at the gallery and online in the video here
December Group Art Show at the Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO, December 2021.
This is an actual gallery show. Two of my small monochromatic landscape paintings will be there for the show.
Mt Si Artist Guild 2021 Juried Virtual Show, Oct 29 through Dec 31, 2021; hosted by the Fine Arts Guild of Snoqualmie Valley, Washington. See the show here.
(link will be available when the show opens)
Kitsap Golf and Country Club, Bremerton, WA, Oct 19 through November 27, 2021.
This is a solo show of 17 of my flower paintings, on view in the Clubhouse.
6 X 6 NW, held at the Shoreline CC, Shoreline, Washington. Oct 1 - 15, online only. All items $36!
This event is a benefit for Shorelake Arts. All entries measure 6" by 6"! I have 10 pieces entered.
See the show here.
The South Kitsap Artists Association Annual Juried Show, held at the Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, Washington, Sept 1- Oct 30, 2021. I won both 2nd Place and 3rd place in the Oil and Acrylic Painting category. See the show here.
The Frank Tobey Jones Senior Art Show, Tacoma, Washington, October 13 -17, 2021
I won 3rd Place in this show for my painting Yellow Teapot.
Northwest Reflections Art Show, The North Beach Artists Guild, Gallery of Ocean Shores, Washington. July 19- September 30. Participants are all represented in an online gallery.
View the show here.
Elevated Ice Cream Company, Port Townsend, Washington, July 2021. I have a featured show for the month that includes many paintings of Port Townsend and lots of my flowers. Visit through July 30.
Shoreline Arts Festival Virtual Juried Art Exhibit, Shoreline, Washington, June 7-July 31, 2021
I have two paintings in this show. You can view the virtual show on their website here.
July Group Art Show at the Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO, June 30-July 29, 2021
This is an actual gallery show. Two of my flower paintings will be there for the show.
Spring Forward hosted by the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, May 22-June 25, 2021
This is a virtual show that you can see on their website.
Bird is the Word at the Flagler County Art League, Palm Coast, Florida May 25- July 24, 2021
This is a virtual show that you can see on their website.
The Helen Norris Open Juried Show, Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA; May 5 - June 30, 2021
My oil painting of the Bremerton shipyard in the fog, Echoes, won an Honorable Mention in the Oil/Acrylic category.
49th Annual Art Exhibition, The Lakeland Art Guild, Lakeland, FL; May 3 - June 7, 2021
You can see this Virtual Show here: https://youtu.be/2EJ_sEhNULM
Winter Online Juried Show, Winslow Arts Center, Bainbridge Island, WA; February 4 to March 31, 2021
14th annual CVG Juried Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, Washington Jan 23-Feb-26, 2021
Small Expressions Juried Show, Northwinds Arts Center, Port Townsend, Washington Dec 4-27, 2020
Peninsula Art League 2020 Open Juried Show (virtual for 2020) Oct 3- Dec 4 2020
Shoreline Lake Forest Park 6x6NW Show and Sale. October 2020
All works in this virtual show measure 6" x 6"!
Botanicals, October, 2020, a virtual juried show at Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
RED! Sept 15- Oct 31, 2020, a virtual juried show at Webster Arts Gallery, 483 East Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO
2nd Half: 50 and Older Exhibition, September 3-26, 2020, a virtual juried show at Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
July Group Art Show, the Jones Gallery, Kansas City MO,
Shoreline Arts Festival, Shoreline, WA, 2020; a virtual show.
All Women Art Exhibition, 2020; Light Space & Time
Fine Arts League of Cary, North Carolina, 2020; 25th annual National juried exhibition
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 2020 National juried show 'Red"
Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton Featured Artist November 2019
September 2019 Featured Artist at Elevated Ice Cream and Candy Co., Port Townsend, WA
Peninsula Art League 2019 Juried Show The Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA: July 2019 Nautical Themes
Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, Port Orchard, June 2019 Featured Artist
Paint Out Poulsbo 2019 Juried Show, Poulsbo. WA
Edmonds 2019 Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA