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Born in Sasebo, Nagasaki in Japan, Koji Azisaka is a self-taught artist who began painting while he worked in fashion industry during his 4-year stay in Paris.  After he moved to Japan, he began illustrating for various commercial and advertising projects.  Since he moved to Belgium in 2002, he started exhibiting his acrylic paintings in Brussel, Paris and Japan.  He is currently based in Fukuoka, Japan. 

Contact:  KojiAzisakaUSA@gmail.com


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From Marivic:

Whether it happens out in the world with camera in hand capturing quiet postcard-like moments, or in front of my computer screen shaping light and creating moments of unreality, photography is an activity that inspires and entertains me. This collection is a mix of just those things. They are moments from my travels where my vision blurred and the sounds around me softened, and magic moments in editing when light revealed itself as if in a dance.

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From Shelly:

I’m interested in the microcosmos, the unseen engine of life in our word that keeps creation digesting food, making oxygen, returning to dust, and springing forth anew. From blastocyst to decomposition bacteria, we’re all a bunch of beautiful, cycling cells. I make paintings based on observed samples of water I gather from many places around the country. I have nicknamed these “cell portraits” and consider them a different way of looking at landscapes and what can be used to identify a place.

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From Matt:

I am a 3rd generation Seattle native specializing in continuous line ink drawings.  From my artwork, businesses and product ideas, creating is a vital aspect of my life. I love people and life. Everyday is about pushing through to the next level of creativity.

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About the Artist

I have MS degrees in education and recreation therapy, but art and the outdoors are my passions.  I have always enjoyed art and have dabbled in various media over the years:  drawing, colored pencil, watercolor, pottery, Sumi-e, and most recently collage.

I am intrigued by the way the patterns of the papers blend together to create a watercolor effect.  Often I am surprised at the way a paper actually behaves.  The textures and brilliant colors found in the various papers lend themselves to the creation of super-realistic landscapes.  Some of the papers “talk” to me; I see a tree trunk, fall foliage, mountains, sand dunes, a field of flowers, sky or water in the qualities of a sheet of paper.  Sometimes the reverse side of a paper provides an entirely different effect.

The inspiration for my work comes from my love of nature that I enjoy while I’m hiking and backpacking here in Washington and all over the world.

Linda White


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For me, painting is equal parts journal-writing, science project and woodworking. It’s a leap of faith, a second childhood and a lovely way to get lost for hours. I paint with both oils and encaustic wax, usually from a photograph I’ve taken of a place I’ve visited and loved; Greece, Italy, Mexico and Cuba are favorites. Because it’s winter in Seattle now, the season of overcast skies, I have created many pieces that reunite me with the blurry and vibrant colors that I can easily forget exist after months of gray. I try to recreate the dreamy, ethereal feeling I’ve had on a stunning beach after a nap, watching an especially beautiful sunset or falling in love; I try to capture happiness. 

I like to recycle or construct my own surfaces whenever possible. It’s satisfying to create something whole out of disparate pieces of birch, oil paints and beeswax. I’m attracted to Color Field painting, modernism, impressionism, abstract expressionism and painters like Mark Rothko, Betsy Eby, Carol Marine, Mark Rediske and Bo Bartlett. I have been inspired by and continue to learn from classes at Gage Academy, with Patrick Howe and from other artist friends like Carl Titolo, Hamid Zavareei, Kris Barker, Rachel Solimeno and Will Boswell.


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My name is John Hunter, and I am a Seattle artist with a large range of work on display around this city who grew up in Phinney Ridge. My creations use bold organic shapes and lines, mixed with intensely rich colors and interesting subject matter. I frequently implement found objects and recycled frames, and have many pieces that are blacklight reactive. My styles range from abstract and surreal to expressionism and funky illustrative.

I am driven to always create new and truly unique works for the viewer.


John Hunter





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These drawings are a reflection on what we see and how we interpret the world around us. They are an investigation of light and shade, the relationship of objects to one another, and to their shadows. Light both reveals and obscures our surroundings much as one’s relationship to the past can reveal or obscure the present.

The drawings were done on scrap matt board and the frames salvaged from various locations. The work is a combination of pencil, charcoal and oil pastel or colored pencil.

Lon Walton



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