It was a still evening as the sun set over the bay on the landscape in front of my art studio, and I specifically painted this oil painting to celebrate the rare remaining coastal woods in the area that animals call home. Stanwood is the closest town to the south. We are at a crucial time where City and County Council’s decisions directly affect what happens to this land by either creating tax incentives for landowners to preserve wild spaces, create nature preserves, support the creation of self-subsistence rural home lots, or they can provide incentives for large corporate track home developers and businesses to alter the landscape forever. Other areas in the state that have preserved their way of life and have created large green spaces for habitat and recreation are the ones with the highest appeal and have the greatest tourist draw ($$). Their communities and businesses benefit immensely from visitor’s revenue. And they are not the only ones who benefit: so will the ecosystem and the wildlife that call this place home.
Sea Turtle, oil on canvas, 16 by 28 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019
It’s been forever since I’ve painted a bull- Beginning of a longhorn among cactus- commissioned painting 24 by 30 in. Oil
For this mural the client was interested in themes of peace, wisdom and regeneration, and wanted birds, so naturally doves, owl and the classic stork were chosen. Because the client is also of French origin I choose the Fleur de Lis as a background, also giving it an emblematic or seal quality we wanted- when experimenting with design ideas I originally took the wings and design layout of the American seal but then we opted for a more Native totem design where bird wings are directly outstretched. Lastly, we added the life ring that compliments the fishing life here in Alaska and added an element of owl as protector/ guardian of regenerative life. The mural is on a large industrial garage door and faces the main highway north of town. I enjoyed bringing art to an unconventional surface where many people may see it.
I finished the classroom sign for my daughter’s first grade class. They named themselves The Eaglets.
I drew from various points of inspiration for this piece, starting with it being the year of the dog on the Chinese Zodiac. The dog is red, like Clifford, the big red dog from school storybooks, and adapted to look like a Labradoodle, which I’ve sometimes considered as my totem animal. Dogs in general to me are creatures of play and protection, and I like them because they demand fun if you want to make them happy and are loyal companions. Mixed in its fur are Japanese paper cranes and flowers symbolizing peace. There’s rain in the background because I live in the Pacific Northwest of the North American continent, where it rains a lot.
First day of mural commission at private residence, a pastoral scene with a burro. The elderly client wanted to look out to his yard and see a Biblical scene while he exercises on his stationary bike.
Él, watercolor on paper, 47 by 43 in.
A day for domestic animals- previously unpublished paintings. The little white dog is happily running among rainbow colors with the strength from his past ancestor dogs, in Spirit Dogs, 2008. The two cats in the Lilypond, 2013 paintings are lounging lazily in the sun despite there being fish in the pond beside them.
Mural progress May 17th- worked on swans, still to do beaks and eyes-
Studies of values and composition for upcoming mural. Which one do you like the best?
Swan studies for upcoming mural.