Artist of the Month
Geri and her husband moved to Vashon in 1978, over 10 years before she discovered a love of painting while taking an art class on a whim, for fun. She began doing art in earnest in 1997, when she retired from Boeing company, where she was an instructor for more than 20 years. She returned to school and earned a degree in Art Education and Educational Technology, from Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma.
Geri prefers watercolor, but she also works in charcoal, ceramics, acrylics, color pencils and ink. Much of what she paints is inspired by everyday everyday life on Vashon Island. Her paintings often contain mountains, water, trees, ferries, animals, island people, and occasionally, a bike in a tree.
Geri's paintings also contain memories from her childhood year in Japan. Her father was stationed in Tokyo in 1946, and his family went with him. As a child she was deeply imprinted with the wonders there.