The Artists of Paisley Studio Brush and Lens

D'Arcy Heiber
I've been creative for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was constantly drawing with crayons or colored pencils. I earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University, where I had a brief and disappointing relationship with watercolor.
A decades-long career as a technical writer intervened, but I always knew that someday I'd get back to creating art… and someday finally arrived when I retired several years ago. I surprised myself by falling in love with my old nemesis, watercolor. My inspiration comes from my observations of everyday life, my love of gardening, our pets, and antique artifacts. I hope you enjoy the results.
Member, Northwest Watercolor Society
Featured Artist, Auburn Art Walk, 2019
Finalist, La Conner Daffodil Festival Poster, 2020
Eric Shellgren

I have been taking photographs for decades. My first camera was an Argus C3 and it went everywhere with me. That "brick" went into the backcountry of Yosemite, Olympic, North Cascades National Parks, and everywhere in between. Over the years, the C3 was replaced by Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and others. For me, the common tie between all the photos isn't in the cameras but in the joy of finding beauty everywhere and in almost anything.

I try to have a camera with me everywhere I go. Sometimes you only have a moment to capture an image or event. How many times have you looked at something and thought "that would make a great picture" and then returned less than five minutes later to see the entire scene has changed? Having a camera on hand helps. Many of my photographs were taken as unplanned events. I felt that some of those images were worth sharing.

About Our Name

Paisley was my first boxer, whom I rescued in 1992. She was my sweet companion for 11 years. When she passed away, I vowed that if I ever had an art business, I'd name it after her … and 25 years later, I was finally able to keep my promise! —D'Arcy