Retired after 27 years as an Art Instructor from Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington, I received a M.F.A. in art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and a B.A. in art from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In addition to making art and writing, my work includes community art advocacy projects focused on art education and creative collaborations.
I have served as a juror for Bumbershoot, the Edmonds Art Festival, and numerous Washington State Arts public works projects and have led workshops for adults and children in art since 1984. Long interested in a variety of materials and surfaces, my work includes the use of mixed media. My individual work posted on this site is based on a series of paintings focused on autobiography, identity and community.
Over the past six years the majority of my work is evolving into a number collaborative series with fellow artist, Cindra Avery. Our work is based on our shared interests in design and art, initially inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs. Each series and theme emerges organically as pieces are passed back and forth between us until we feel we have fully explored the materials, the surfaces and finally the meaning. For further information on our experience with this process please see the statement on creative collaboration.
Please contact me regarding further information about our process and for permission to use images or written content.
* To see process images related to Avery/Newell creative collaborations please visit our Instagram Account.