28 Mar

Colors for Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge in Green / 12 x 16 in / oil on stretched canvas / $500 includes frame and shipping

Above and below are two landscape paintings from Rattlesnake Ridge with very different color schemes. We love to troops around there (rather carefully around the rocks).

Sun on Spring Trees / 6×8 in / oil on wood / $180

I took a break from my big paintings today to do this landscape painting. I was trying to figure out the color scheme of this spring/winter scene. The sky is yellow in the painting – it doesn’t come through in the photo.

20 Mar

Article about me in the Spokesman Review Newspaper (Valley Voice)!

An article about me came out this morning in the Valley Voice, in the Spokesman Review Newspaper. It comes out in the Spokane area Spokesman Review next Thursday.

Here’s a quote:

She began showing her work in Western Washington and locally at the Hutton Building and at Raw Space. Over a year ago, her husband, Heath’s, work brought them to Spokane. They settled in Nine Mile, where Rasche has a room in which she paints as often as she can, like during nap time (her son is 2.) She said that having less time to paint actually helps her focus. “Painting is a back-and-forth process for me. While painting, I go back and forth, purposefully, between painting thoughtfully and deliberately, and then painting intuitively, just feeling and expressively painting. I define objects and details, and then make broad ambiguous, gestural strokes, obliterating details.”

Her style is representational and impressionistic and her subjects range from landscapes to figurative to still-life. She likes to illustrate an image or emotion with patterns and gestures, many brush strokes that add up to a finished piece. When you step close to one of her paintings, you can see deliberate strokes of color, and when you step back, the colors blend and become whole, encompassing a viewer with a moment of beauty.

And here’s the article:


19 Mar

SOLD. Geese

SOLD. This is the largest painting I’ve finished recently. Right now I’m working on a couple more paintings in this series. It’s fun working so large for a change. I can really see the value of doing more large paintings, and also of doing more small paintings. I think one educated the other…

(I’ve changed one thing since taking this picture – I’ll post a revised image later.)


19 Mar

One year celebration! (Contest for free painting)

This art blog has been up for a year now! To celebrate, I’m going to give away a small painting (shipping included).

Everyone who signs up for the newsletter, becomes a Facebook fan, or leaves a comment (one entry per non-spam post) between now and May 1st will be entered to win a small painting. I’ll post later and let you know which painting will be the prize. There might be a couple to choose from.

Email with any questions.

Best Wishes,

16 Mar

Neighbor’s Trees II

Neighbor’s Trees II / approx 18×12 in / oil on wood / $500 / contemporary black wood frame

These are my neighbor’s trees. I started this a long time ago and then let it sit in an almost-done state for months. When I was getting ready for my show I had an aha moment, and knew how to finish it.
I’m really happy with the loose quality, the colors, and these are my best sky-holes so far.

07 Mar

Migration, bird painting by portrait artist

Migration / 20×24 in / oil painting on canvas / $700

This winter has been really mild, and geese have been flocking south for months. The flocks have been huge and talkative, too.

Here is one of the large paintings that I recently finished (20 in x 24 in). This one looks more like a ‘wildlife painting’ than the other paintings I’ve done, but really it is still a contemporary impressionist painting. I wanted to imply a big flock in motion without showing them all. Comments appreciated.(#3314)