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Ice Dreams

Celebrating the first official day of winter with some amazing icy art! 

On Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia, photographer Marko Korosek captured these beautiful images of ice that is formed by high winds and freezing fog.  Some great inspiration here for sculpture. 
Russian photographer Andrew Osokin captures wintery magic at a micro level. Check out these captivating images of ice formations:

Francis Latreille captures mother natures stunning arctic sculptures. Love the dark blues and the beautiful layers. So inspiring...

Any ice art collection must include a few works by one of my favorites…Andy Goldworthy:

Stay warm and cozy my friends!

They're Back! Workshops in 2016!

Good news my friends…I am offering encaustic workshops in 2016 and have posted the new line up on my website: Encaustic Workshops. Choose a session that's right for you:
1-Day Encaustic Intensive2-Day Encaustic Immersion1, 2 or 3-Day Private Sessions
Space is limited and early registration is recommended. The April 2-Day is nearly full but I have spaces open for all classes at the moment. 
Join me in the studio for an in depth exploration into the art of painting with encaustic. I will demystify the process of working with this medium and share some of my methods for creating unique painting effects.

Small class size (usually 6 to 8 students) makes for a very personalized learning experience and students of all skill levels gain from the intimate studio environment. Due to the limited number of spaces available per class early registration is recommended to secure your spot.
In combination with encaustic, students will be introduced to the use of image transfer, embedding elements into…

UPDATE: 12 Ways to Motivate an Artist

We all need a little push now and then so I put together this list of tips that have helped me stay motivated and perhaps they can help someone else too…

1. Show Up: This is the single most effective thing you can do to improve your productivity in the studio. Get in there. Even if you are just making phone calls, sorting out your brushes or organizing your supplies. Simply spending time in your studio will get you into the habit of creating. Daily time spent in your studio will improve your productivity.

2. Set Goals: Set goals for yourself and break them down into smaller categories: Long Range, Short Term and Immediate. Example: I am going to paint 5 pieces this month, 2 paintings this week and prep 1 panel this afternoon.

3. Dress the Part: Put on your favorite work clothes for motivation. I have a great pair of funky old shoes (see photo) a beautiful scarf and a paint-encrusted smock that make me feel super creative the moment I slip them on. Discover your power outfit and wear it w…

Opening Highlights

Wow…it has already been a week since the Sojourns show opened. 

After months of long hours laboring over this body of work it was such a joy to be surrounded by so many friends and followers. The gallery was at capacity for most of the evening. I'm still buzzing from all the love and enthusiasm from that night. Thanks to all you wonderful people who ventured out. And for those of you who longed to be there in spirit here are a few more snapshots from the event…

My profile video, Organic Alchemy, played all through the night projected onto the gallery wall. It was a great way for people to see my process and saved me from having to explain my methods to those unfamiliar with encaustic painting. 

This is one of my favorite pieces in the show titled "Playground". The colors are so vibrant in this one.

These three botanicals look so great stacked together…hope they all go to one home. Would be a shame to break up the family. 

"Diva" found a new home!

Sojourn: A Temporary Stay

Please join me this Friday, October 2nd for the opening of my solo show: SOJOURNS

Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2 from 5pm - 9pm
Hall | Spassov Gallery
Bellevue WA
Click here for gallery directions and info Here's a little preview of the works that will be on display …

Organic Alchemy: Video Released

Hello dear friends…the long awaited video is now officially released. 
Organic Alchemy: Studio Visit with Alicia Tormey

You can also view it in a larger format on my website : or my Facebook page.  Thank you for watching!

Studio Update

It's been a long hot summer here in Seattle and things have been heating up in the studio as well. I want to share with you some highlights from a special project that's been in the works.

My friends over at Shep Films have been busy creating an Artist Profile video that features me working in the studio. The film is in the final production phase now and will be available to view soon. I can't wait to share it with you.  It was a very exciting (looooong) day of shooting but it was so much fun to capture some of the many magical moments that happen during my creative process. Here are a few screen shots and behind-the-scene images…

A look behind the scenes….

Stay tuned my friends...

My (ART) Fair Lady...

Seattle is my FAIR lady! The city is still buzzing with energy after what has proven to be a smashing success for Seattle's inaugural Art Fair event. City Arts contributor, Amanda Manitach, has written this amazing recap and follow up article on the Seattle Art Fair.  Below is an excerpt but you must read the full article here: City Arts

…..As we emerge from the whirlwind of the weekend, the collective vibe is too amped-up to objectively assess how successful the fair was in financial, critical and cultural terms. At a party on Saturday night, representatives from Artist Trust were glowing. The proceeds from the Seattle Art Fair patron VIP ticket sales—which were entirely donated to the organization—amounted to $85,000. That number was three times what they expected. A representative from the Office of Arts & Culture gushed when describing his tour of the art fair and Out of Sight with Mayor Ed Murray. “The Mayor only meant to walk through quickly, but he was so impressed he st…