Cat Playing
Brush lettered calligram in gouache

About Calligraphica

I came to the Walla Walla Valley from Portland, Oregon in 1976 and opened Calligraphica, my calligraphy and design studio in 1982.

My first calligraphy classes were as a high school student in Portland, a great center of the art form. The love of letters in their infinite variety and possibility has remained a constant, and runs through all my creative work. Wonderful teachers have entered my life in workshops & classes: Jenny Groat, Gottfried Pott, Stan Knight, Marilyn Reaves, William Stewart and Annie Cicale, among others. Michael McPherson was my first calligraphy teacher; Jenny Groat my most influential mentor. Both were students of Lloyd Reynolds at Reed College, though 25 years apart. Reynolds’ life and work have always been an inspiration.

My calligraphic work is mostly by commission. I've provided calligraphy and graphic design for a wide variety of clients and collaborated with my husband, sculptor Wayne Chabre on several public art commissions. I occasionally combine my calligraphy with his drawings in my greeting cards. His web site is www.waynechabre.com

I interpret the words of others, appealing to me for idiosyncratic reasons, and sometimes write out my own poems. I am a student of yoga and meditation, a gardener and a former violinist. Wayne and I have one son, Ara, an elderly grey tabby, Tsumi, and a perennial art project in the form of our 1886 Victorian house.

I'm happy to respond to questions or comments about the work. Write to me from the Contact page.