Brian Kern’s education is in Mechanical Engineering, but he has worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, boat builder, programmer, musician, teacher, writer, internet systems troubleshooter, Dandelion Botanical Company store owner, and artist. He has been an ocean sailor, taught sailing and navigation, built a 42′ sailboat, and lived aboard a 47′ pilothouse trawler on Lake Union in Seattle for several years. He grew up in the greater Seattle area and has spent much of his time exploring the woods, waters, and mountains here. The last five years Kern has focused on his art and arts community.
Diane Walker’s abstract impressionist paintings are informed by her 15-year career as a contemplative photographer. Working primarily in acrylics, she creates mystical abstract paintings that reflect her more than 20 years spent living on and photographing islands in the Pacific Northwest. Like her photographs, her paintings emerge out of her daily meditation practice: she rarely approaches the canvas with a specific plan in mind, but rather applies the paint in response to the promptings of the moment. The resulting works dance in that thin zone between the formless and form, drifting from individual to universal and back again, and inviting the viewer into an open, imaginative, and peaceful space.