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D. Matzen



Education:     BA Fine Art, Seattle Pacific University
                        Studied Chinese Painting for 1 year, Beijing, P. R. China
                        Workshops with Betty Carr, WarrenTaylor, Stan Miller, Eric Wiegardt, Nita Leland
Working Experience: 
1982-1995 Fiber artist designing and creating hand spun, hand
dyed garments for ready-to-wear market.
*1995 to present-Painter full time with part-time work teaching painting, design, drawing at Skagit      Valley College, Everett Community College, Coupeville Arts Center, South Whidbey Youth Services, South Whidbey Senior Services. Some of these include students at risk, severe head injury/stroke patients, and senior citizens.
                        2001-2002 Instructor, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, P. R. China
Shows, Galleries, and Exhibitions:
                        Sept 2000 Island Arts Council Studio tour participant
                        October 2003 Gaskill/Olson show “Scenes From China”
June 2004 Participant in Juried Show Edmonds Arts Festival               
                        September 2004 Island Arts Council Studio Tour.
                        October 2004 Art Port Townsend, Jefferson County Arts Council
November 2004 Plein Air 2004 show, Springfield, MO, a national            
            competition with three paintings accepted   One Award winner
June 2005 Solo Show Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
September 2005 Gaskill/Olson Island Artists show 
January 2006 Juried Exhibition- Kenneth A. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia, Washington
March & April 2006 Solo show Old Redmond School House, Redmond, Washington
May 2006 Gaskill /Olson Gallery show “The Sky is the Limit,” Langley, Washington
August 2006 Solo show at Macy’s Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2006 Solo Show -- Kenneth A. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia, Washington
2007 National Association of Women Artists competition, Longview Museum of Fine Art,   
                   Longview, Texas
2007 Arts Council of Snohomish County competition, Everett, Washington
2007 Oil Painters of America, Western Region Competition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, 
2007 American Artists Professional League, 76th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club,   
                   New York City, NY
                        2008 Annual Washington State Juried Competition, CVG Gallery, Bremerton, WA. (2 pcs.)
                        2008 National Association of Women Artists National competition, New York, NY
                        2008 NAWA competition “Art Envisions Science” at the New York Hall of Science, New York,
                        2008 Arts Council of Snohomish County Solo Exhibition “Rural Character” Everett, WA
                        2008 City of Edmonds, Frances Anderson Gallery, Solo Exhibition “Doors of China” Edmonds, 
                        2008 Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA . “Brushes on the Landscape” competition.                                
                        2004 Placed 5th in national competition Plein Air 2004 Show, Springfield, MO. 
                         June 2004 Published in International Artist’s Magazine’s book
                                    How did you paint that? Landscapes
January 2006 Juror’s Award Washington State Competition at Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. Three pieces accepted and awarded a solo show in 2006
Published in the book, Crosscurents, October 2007 with 4 photos, 1 paintings and 1 etching
June 2008 Published in 1,000 Handmade Greetings: Creative Cards and Clever Correspondence by Laura McFadden, Deborah Baskin , a book by Rockport Press
October 2009 Drawing published in Strokes of Genius 2: The best of drawing light and shadow
Other Endeavors:
                        1995 Wrote and Published An Artist’s Palate
June 2004 Illustrated a children’s book written by Martha Martin, Chipper the Heroic Chipmunk
Currently in the process of illustrating another children’s book by Dr. Fran Smith called Friendly Feathers
                        Island Arts Council lifetime member
                        Artists of South Whidbey, past two-term president
                        American Artists Professional League
                        Oil Painters of America
                        Women Painters of Washington
                        National Association of Women Artists
Since I also teach part-time I am constantly trying to find new ways and ideas to stimulate my students. Trying to introduce new experimental concepts for them to try, though now I paint primarily in oil on board we experiment in classes with various forms of printmaking, encaustics, collage, murals, reverse painting on glass and altered books.
Previous to the above information there were many shows and awards for painting. The painting portion of my career began in 1995 working primarily in watercolor. When I returned from living in China, I felt the scenes would be better presented in oils and started working in oils almost exclusively from about 2003. 1982 to 1995 I worked as a fiber artist creating handmade yarns and one-of-a-kind designer ware from hand dyed and/or handspun materials. My work was showcased in the American Craft Council shows during that period and pieces were purchased and traveled worldwide.


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