Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Hero of a sort

'Low Tide, Padilla Bay' 10x10" oil on panel;
Kathleen Faulkner

I have watched the ebb and flow of Padilla Bay for 32 years.

I once worked an oil spill there. At the time, I wondered if the bay would ever recover.

It did. It took years. 

In the end, Mother Nature cleaned things up. 

Padilla Bay is known for its immense eelgrass meadow.

Some scientists suggest these meadows sequester atmospheric carbon.

Up to 80% of fish species and marine invertebrates 

use eelgrass during some part of their life cycle.

It is a place of magic. It keeps me hopeful.

Saturday, August 26, 2023


'Wonder Drug" 24x30" oil pastel on panel; Kathleen Faulkner

I grew up in the city
but we spent a lot of time
in the wilderness.

I could wander off.

I always felt safe
and I always felt better afterwards.

These days, 
it's better to wander off
with a buddy.


Thursday, July 27, 2023

It's a good spot

'The Sticks' 9x12" ink, colored pencil; Kathleen Faulkner

A friend said that there is not much 'wilderness' left. 
He felt that humans' management of forest lands
deems them no longer virgin and not truly wild.
I agree.

I walk in Washington Park
This area is regularly maintained
highly beneficial to my good health.

I am grateful.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

On Display

I am pleaaed to announce that three of my brooches are included in the 
10th Anniversary Exhibition, BIMA Spotlight

This exhibition runs from June 30 through September 24th, 2023

'Lip Srtvice' 4x3" sterling silver, drawing, mica;
Kathleen Faulkner

'Berg' 2.25x4.75" reticulated silver, plastic shard, acrylic paint;
Kathleen Faulkner

'Good Schooling' 4x4" sterling silver, drawings, mica;
Kathleen Faulkner

I am also pleased to announce that two of my neckpieces will be on 
display at the Bellevue Art Museum Store throughout 2023 in 

'Wish Rocks' sterling silver, drawings, mica;
Kathleen Faulkner

'Botanical' sterling silver, drawings, mica;
Kathleen Faulkner

My work can also be found online here

and at the wonderful Museum of Northwest Art Store in LaConner, WA

Sunday, June 25, 2023

We are in it.


'New Growth' 24x24" oil pastel on panel;
Kathleen Faulkner

I feel the change from Spring to Summer.
The natural world in its own time.

I watch the wildflowers popping up in the Spring

Then the wild roses celebrate Summer
and the air is filled with their scent.

People are happier 

It's a great time to be alive!

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

I spy

'After the Bath' 2.75x4" Brooch,
sterling silver, found asphalt shard;
Kathleen Faulkner

We see things.

Do you see yonder cloud that is almost in the shape of a camel?
By th'Mass and 'tis, like a camel indeed.
Methinks it is a weasel.
It is backed like a weasel.
Or a whale.
Very like a whale.

Monday, June 5, 2023

giving is good

'Respite' 30x40" oil on canvas; Kathleen Faulkner

'Respite' is my donation to the 2023 Museum of Northwest Art Auction. 

Someone said, 'awfully nice to give away..'

Good and Thank You!
I am happy to give to a museum 
that has and continues to 
enhance my life.

Some artists don't want to donate 
as it is a hardship. I understand that.

For myself, I can donate art and leave helpful checks to the wealthy.
You can help by bidding on fabulous artwork

Cheers to our museum that touches us all in a multitude of ways,
And Cheers to this years Art Auction!

Saturday, May 20, 2023

a bedtime story


'Wild Life' 24x39" oil pastel on panel; 
Kathleen Faulkner

Out in the dark: 
it is late at night 
I can hear the owls in the trees behind me

I could lose my way 
this night life is so 

Friday, April 28, 2023



                     '101' 24x24" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner         

I spent some time on the Oregon coast recently. 

It rained the whole time.

I remember the dark, rainy days when I lived there. 

So much rain that moss would grow 

on the sidewalks,

becoming a soft blanket of green.

I would imagine myself wrapped in it.

Friday, April 14, 2023

'The View From Here'

'Water Study' 16x16" oil pastel on panel;
Kathleen Faulkner

My exhibition, 'The View From Here',  
is showing this month 
at the Beautiful Imogen Gallery 
in Astoria, Oregon.

This is my first solo there,
such a great gallery!

Thank you, Teri Sund
Cheers to more fun in the future!

Monday, March 27, 2023

Line of sight

'Marine, West Coast' 24x30" oil on canvas;
Kathleen Faulkner

The thing about being on the water
is that one can usually see distance

probably the same idea on a mountain top

not so in fog
but most interesting in heavy weather

Monday, March 20, 2023

west coast treasure

'I am Madrona' 18x54"oil pastel on three panels;
Kathleen Faulkner

Madrona comes in different shapes and colors.
We love madrona.

When people come in different shapes and colors,
some of us are afraid.


Saturday, February 4, 2023

Life on Earth


'A Precarious Situation' 18x18" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner  

 It is always a challenge

living on the edge.

The good news is that 


when you least expect it,

wonderful things happen.

So, in the end,

this life really is a delicate balance.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Mountain talk

'Kwelshán', Early Morning' 10x12" oil pastel on paper; 

Kathleen Faulkner

This has been my home for 32 years. 

I have always had a view of the mountain. 

I keep track of the weather by its look

 and the seasons by its snow cover.

Developers showed up recently 

and took two thirds of my view.

Now the neighbor's oak trees have taken that last bit.

The good news is that

this beautiful mountain, 

called Kwelshán by the Lummi, is still there 

and I can see it when I step outside my front door.

'Kwelshán, Afternoon' 10x12" oil pastel on paper; 

Kathleen Faulkner