PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND MIXED MEDIA
Custom Sizes and Commissions Available
I look forward to discussing your ideas and creating beautiful artwork for you that will last a lifetime.
"Her exploration of water in our state is a visual, scientific, and spiritual journey through native ecosystems large and small . . . Chushcoff’s triplicate approach to the subject is intriguing and informational. The macro photography lends an intimate feeling which is supported by the poems, while the scientific facts lend an academic credibility to the project. I enjoy the juxtaposition of research and whimsy present in this project and in its creator." Traci Kelly, Tacoma Arts Commisioner
"Chushcoff’s photography is highly atmospheric,
edited for misty edges and emotional saturation.”
Rosemary Ponnekanti, The News Tribune
Brown Trout Press Calendars
La Conner, WA
Metro Parks Tacoma
Museum of Glass Shop
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Pacific Northwest Magazine
Pierce County Master Gardeners
Portland Monthly Magazine
Sweet Themes Bakery
Urban Garden Company
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
AWARDS AND HONORS
Spaceworks Tacoma Grant (2015, 2019)
Star Center Art Competition, Finalist
Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) Grant
Harbor History Museum, Joe Award
Moonbeam Award, Gold Medal
Moonbeam Award, Bronze Medal
Pierce County Volunteer Award
Proctor Art Show, Honorary Mention
SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS
The Inside Outside, Spaceworks Tacoma, (2020, upcoming)
Modern Womxn Show, Alma Mater, Tacoma, 2019
Seattle Recycled Arts Festival, 2019
Flow, Water Flume Line Trail, City of Tacoma Public Art Commission, 2018
Struggle and Strength for Art AIDS America, Tacoma Art Museum, 2016
Tacoma Arts Month Opening Show, Tacoma Armory, Tacoma, WA 2015
Peninsula Art League Juried Show, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA 2015
Tragically Ever After, Destiny City, Tacoma, WA 2015
Found Photos, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA, 2015
Invoke the Muse, Spaceworks Tacoma Project, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA, 2013
Stadium District Art and Wine Walk, The Harmon Taproom, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Proctor Art Walk, Pacific NW Shop, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Requiem for Trees, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Outside Your Comfort Zone, 10th Annual Peninsula Art League Exhibit, Gig Harbor Civic Center, Juror: Rock Hushka, Curator at Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2012
For sculpture and dioramas, Preston assembles found objects and cast-offs to question notions of identity, consumption and private, inner lives. She invites others to explore a new way of seeing an object, which is usually in a satirical and slightly subversive light.
Her commercial and editorial photos exist in city collections and feature in magazines, websites and non-profit/for-profit company advertising. Preston's personal work appears on television, in galleries and installations.
Public art installations run the gamut from photography murals two-stories high to window displays. Public art allows her to connect with the community through collaboration and participation. She is passionate about being a conduit to conversation and interaction.
Resin painting a Little Free Library
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The Agate, Earth and Outer Space resin paintings are works made with layers of smooth resin mixed with paint and mineral powders, which capture and reflect light. The works are luminous, with deep layers to explore. In some of these paintings she encases her original poems.
Preston's physical presence and mood are captured in the gentle curves of her resin work. The body and mind's trajectory is traced, sometimes by a single finger, in the gestural approach to her abstract representations of the sea, earth and space.
The mixed-media paintings are made using built-up layers of plaster, which is scratched, painted and sometimes covered in melted wax (encaustic). These pieces are heavily textured with worn surfaces to incorporate the look of age and decay.
Unrestrained by convention, her visual and literary voices comingle in mixed media paintings, adding depth and tension to arresting landscapes. Each piece is a contemplation of the conflux between the eternal and impermanent. In some, she casts poems under resin, wax and plaster, using multiple tools to carve, burn, and blow. Viewers can dive into the layers, excavating with their eyes.
When she paints, she focuses on capturing a mood within a dynamic landscape. Her titles often lend additional meaning to the work.