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“The language of birds is very ancient, and, like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical: little is said, but much is meant and understood…”

Gilbert White (1720-1793)

Artist portrait by Barbara Orsow

Art is my way of communication and expression. It has been a driving force in me and my great love since childhood. From my earliest memories I have had this inherent fascination to express what I saw and to translate it.

I endeavor to capture a wondrous glimpse of a moment held in time and to share it with the viewer.

I am drawn to simplicity of color, style, and composition. My inspiration comes from Japanese masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Uta Maro, and Hasegawa Tōhaku. In college, I took courses on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the art of flower arrangement. It is there I discovered the tenets of wabi-sabi, the adherence to beauty in the imperfect, the impermanent, and in austerity.

By removing all that is unnecessary in my compositions and exercising restraint and simplicity, I invite the viewer to slow down. Be patient and look. Pay attention to all the necessary details. I believe this is why my works impart a meditative feeling.

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Bio

Exhibitions

2020 Solo show, "Avian Gatherings," Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY
2019-2020 Birds in Art national traveling museum exhibition, various locations
2019 (Since 2014) Solo show, December, Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2019 Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY
2019 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2018 (Since 2015) Small Works Invitational, InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2018 Group show, “Birds of a Feather,” Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2017-2018 Birds in Art national traveling museum exhibition, various locations
2017 Birds In Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2017 Three-person show, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2017 Group show, “Deck the Halls: Wildlife Art Show”, Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY
2017 (Since 2002) Small Works Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2015 Birds In Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2014 Solo show, Howard/Mandville, Kirkland, WA
2014 Two-person show, Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Solo Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2012 Solo Show, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
2012 Miniatures Show, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
2010 Two-person show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2010 Solo show, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
2009 Trompe L’Oeil Invitational “Desired Effects,” Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Solo show, “As Shadows Settle,” Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, MA
2007 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2007 Two-person show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2007 Solo show, Living Gallery, Ashland, OR
2007 Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts 50 Top Regional Artists, Lake Oswego, OR
2006 Annual Small Works Benefit Drawing, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA
2004-2005 Solo show, Yoshida Gallery, Portland, OR
2003-2005 Two-person show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2003-2005 Solo show, Living Gallery, Ashland, OR
2003 Solo show, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA
2002 Retrospective, Giustina Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Publications

2019 Artist Spotlight, Western Art & Architecture, December
2018 Video profile, Lassen Volcanic National Park
2018 "The National Park Artist in Residence Experience," Feature, Ashland Gallery Guide
2017 "Elegant Restraint," Feature, Southwest Art Magazine, October
2013 Southwest Art Magazine, May
2011 Beginning: A collection of poems, Lewis Enterprises
2011 Feature segment, Episode 14, Season 12, Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting
2010 Illusions: New works by Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Lewis Enteprises
2007 Feature, Southwest Art, September
2007 Seattle Homes and Lifestyle, July/August
2007 American Art Collector, July
2006 Southwest Art Magazine, November
2005 American Art Collector, October
2003 Southwest Art Magazine, December
2002 US Art Magazine, November
2002 Oregon Home Magazine, January
2002 Cover, Ashland Gallery Guide
2001 Southwest Art Magazine, December


Collections

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Harry and David Corporate Collection, Medford, OR
Scott Valley Bank, Medford, OR
The Honorable Lawton Chiles, Governor of Florida
Tim Allen and various private and corporate collections


Professional Background

2004 Studied w Gerald Hodge, Scottsdale School of Art
1999 Studied with David A. Leffel, Taos, NM
1992-1997 Owner/Director, Candy Stick Gallery, CA
1976-1980 Art Education, University of Illinois