Arts of Snohomish Gallery 

Real art for real people  


BILL AND NANCY DEWEY - Wildlife Photography

Bill’s interest in photography began while working on a Photography Merit Badge as a Boy Scout.  Wildlife, Nature and Sports have always interested him, his goal for many years was to capture “that one shot”.  Over time he has come to realize that by being focused on “that one shot” he was missing a lot of what was occurring around him and with his subjects.  Nancy joins Bill on outings throughout the year.  In 2015 one of Nancy’s images, Here’s Looking at You, of two Arctic Foxes won the Best Animal award at the International competition of the Puyallup State Fair.  Nancy prefers photographing mammals to birds, but on occasion she does enjoy the birds, especially the owls.

We now attempt to capture not only “that one shot”, but to understand and record the environment, the feeling, the emotion, that leads up to “that one shot”.  Our greatest hope is that you can get that same feeling of awe and wonder that we do every time we are in the presence of the subjects we photograph.  We owe it all to them.

All images can be printed in many sizes, if you require an image in a size that you don’t see; we can quickly create a print for you.  If you do not see a subject that you are looking for, let the Gallery know and we can check our catalog to see if that subject is available.  We are also available for specific commissioned work; contact us with your needs.

BOB GIADROSICH - Hand-forged Traditional Art

I've been illustrating since the late '80's, and have been published in books, games, and magazines, as well as on billboards, CD's, murals and textiles.

Between 2010-2013, I lived in Changsha, China, studying traditional Chinese ink painting, book and product design.

2014: "One Year After: A Sketchbook." 183 sketches with annotations
2007: "A Life of Ravens" by Alex Ness, with illustrations by Mike Grell, Alex Shiekman, Josh Howard, myself, and 23 other artists and photographers.
2006: "Ink: Images and Essays from Bob Giadrosich." 18 years of gaming, book and magazine illustration.

ELIZABETH HENDERSON - Acrylic and Watercolor

Elizabeth is an avid and passionate acrylic and watercolor painter due to her love for color and design.  She says it is her love, her life, her everything.  

She has traveled the world over.  The wonders of architecture have fascinated her since she was three years old.  Elizabeth paints to convey a sense of peace and awareness.  She would like all those who look at her paintings to feel the same magic that the images convey to her.  If that happens, she has accomplished her mission.
Elizabeth developed her own style a long time ago.  As a professor of architecture for twenty one years, she was amazed at the different styles represented by the thousands of students from many countries.  They could all paint the same thing in so many different ways.
She did her undergraduate studies in Warsaw, Poland, and has a Masters degree from UCLA.  Elizabeth worked as a chief architect in California for many years.  She also taught architecture at a University in Maryland.  All of these experiences helped develop and refine her outlook.  Her greatest inspirations, however, come from traveling and experiencing life in different cultures and countries.

PAMEE HOHNER - Oil and Acrylic

I love to paint on almost anything.  My grandmother got me started with a paint by number set.  I got my first lesson in color and how white isn't just white it reflects the colors around it.  This set was a white horse but I was sure there was something wrong with the set because there was no white paint only pastel colors; in other words the reflections of the colors around it.  My grandmother introduced me to a life of painting, I am so grateful.

I was raised in Spokane and graduated from West Valley High School.   Attended several colleges and I graduated with a BA degree in fine art from Cornish College of the Arts.  

Hilma Josal - Oil and Colored Pencil

Hilma Josal teaches children music in the Snohomish School District. Outside of school, Hilma is an artist. She studied art at the UW and continues to take figure drawing lessons and oil painting lessons in Seattle. 

She has paintings up at the Shelton Rotation Art Gallery, has shown art at the NW Pinball and Arcade Convention in Tacoma, and sold her art at the Equine Life Solutions Medieval Fair in Snohomish. 

While selling art, Hilma plein air paints and loves to do it so much she hopes to participate in the Canon Beach Plein Air Festival this June, and plein air paint again at the Pinball Convention in June, and the Game of Thrones Conventions in May.

SONYA LANG - Photography

Growing up between Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake in Seattle gave me plenty of opportunity to learn about animals, nature, and the big city. I had an early love of imagery and began to explore the world in shapes, light, line and perspective. Although I am currently working on my animal portrait project titled Beautiful Zoo,  I also enjoy photographing landscape, nature, and portraiture (both animals and people).

FRAN MARTINY - Jewelry - Beading, Metalwork

A broken string on a garnet necklace bought in India opened a whole new world of adventure. I wanted to learn how to repair it myself, and soon started enrolling in jewelry classes of all types – beading stitches, loom, wire-wrapping, silver, metal, clay, fusing…

As a new world of shapes, colors and textures opened up, I discovered the Arts of Snohomish and joined in 2013. My goal is to make jewelry for others to love that feels artful, comfortable and enjoyable to wear.

JOAN PINNEY - Watercolor

The inspiration for Joan's paintings comes from her extensive travels in the Pacific Northwest. The San Juans and the Oregon and Washington Coast provide many themes for her maritime paintings. Dramatic skies, sun washed houses, mountains, quiet harbors and sail boats all contribute to her creativity. Travels to other countries are also a great inspiration, Italy and England are favorites.

Joan's paintings have been jury selected in regional and national shows including the Northwest Watercolor Society's annual show and the Frye Museum's Puget Sound Area Exhibition. In 1999 Joan received the Northwest Watercolor Society's purchase award. Foss Maritime has selected Joan's paintings for six of their calendars.  In the 2008 West Coast Paper Exhibition, Joan's painting was chosen for the third place award.

In 2014, the Arts Council of Snohomish County (Schack Art Center) named Joan “Artist of the Year” for Snohomish County.

Joan is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a founding member of the Sky Valley Artists Guild and the Arts of Snohomish Gallery.

Joan's specialty is watercolors of Northwest and maritime scenes, including lighthouses, sailboats, and seascapes. Joan's artwork is currently being displayed at Arts of Snohomish Galley in Snohomish, Washington.

TAMMY POOL - Photography, Oil and Acrylic Enhanced Photos

Tammy is driven by a love for the beauty and elegance found in natural forms, particularly flowers. She excels at capturing nuances of light and bringing out subtle details to create classically lovely images.

Her unique blend of style comes from years of using her broad range of artistic and photographic experience.

She currently lives in Duvall, Washington with her husband of over 37 years, and enjoys spending time with their 3 daughters and grandkids who all live nearby.

CLAIRE RIDLON - Pastels & Watercolor

Claire Ridlon- being an Artist is something she has enjoyed since childhood. She has lived in Washington State all of her life with the colors of the seasons all around her.
She is an award winning Artist and Member of the NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY & of THE PLEINE AIR PAINTERS OF WASHINGTON and a long standing member of THE ARTS OF SNOHOMISH GALLERY in Snohomish, Washington.

Susan Simmons - Oils & Acrylic

Born with the desire to paint, I was fortunate that my mother and grandmother influenced and encouraged my art journey.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in fine art at the University of Texas in Austin and my master’s in teaching through Grand Canyon University in Pnoenix.

The many years of mural painting kept me on my toes, no pun intended. It also helped me hone my skills far beyond what I learned in college.

I love all kinds of art, and find that studying many artists’ techniques broadens the possibilities that work best for me.

This planet is so beautiful that I cannot help looking at the world in reverence wherever I go. Being observant keeps my mind sharp, focused and ignites my creative energy. Of course, keeping a positive and loving outlook on life may be where my inspiration thrives.

When I paint I feel a timeless connection with the universe. If someone were to ask me why I paint, I might answer ‘It helps me breathe’, I feel complete when I paint. I feel abundant joy when others also enjoy my art.

KATHRYN STERLEY - Oils, Acrylic, & Watercolor

Kathryn Sterley has been painting for about 30 years. She has taken many drawing, oil and watercolor painting classes throughout her career. Learning to create realistic illustrations and paintings that tell a story and evoke feeling is what she hopes to achieve. The love and enjoyment of both painting and drawing are what keep her returning to the easel.

The main contributor to her education in art is Mother Nature. Kathy has learned to observe the wonders of nature in the way trees, flowers and plants grow the cloud formations and color palette that is created in the sky each day. Landscapes, wildlife and her much loved black labs are subjects that she especially enjoys painting. She is always in awe of the beauty of God’s creations.

Local fairs, libraries and restaurants are some of the places where her art has been on display. Kathy also does commissioned paintings. She contributes her love of art to a large, wonderful family. Kathy was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Snohomish, Washington. She attended the University of Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a teaching degree in elementary education. Being a Seahawk fan and cheering for her team gives her a lot of pleasure.

Taking an art class whenever possible is a joy for Kathy as she feels that there is always more to learn and ways to create and communicate art and feeling. There is an evident pride in her voice when she speaks about the Arts of Snohomish, as she was one of the founding members of this gallery. Washington is the place she loves as her family is here and the people living in this state are the best around. Of course, another important reason is that this area provides an endless variety of landscapes and subjects to paint!