Smithsonian Classes: Fish and Leaf Prints

This spring I’m teaching for the first time at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.! On April 27, I’ll be teaching watercolor and printmaking in a 5 hour workshop called Leaves Two Ways.    First you’ll transform contour drawings of leaves into transparent watercolor paintings.  Then you’ll use the same leaves

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Georgetown Public Art

  I received this mural commission in July 2018 to design and paint eight nine-foot columns in an open-air plaza at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Over eight days, my assistant Morgan and I started at 7 AM to avoid the July heat. First we primed and then painted

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New Yosemite watercolors

  Yosemite Falls in June (watercolor and ink on paper, 8 x 6 inches) and two other new paintings from my time in the park this past June show up in the new video by SR/A Gallery in Chevy Chase MD.   You’ll find them in the first 30 seconds

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Summer in the Sierra

If you’re traveling out west this summer, I’ll be in Yosemite National Park for two weeks as an artist-in-residence beginning June 11. I’ll be teaching a 4 hour class called Painting and Printing the Park each day (except Sunday) from 10-2. Here’s a link to more info on the Yosemite

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Big thanks!

Sending out a very big thanks to everyone who came to the SR/A gallery opening! I was lucky enough to sell a painting that first evening, a watercolor from Yosemite National Park’s Soda Springs. The other paintings I’m showing are from Yosemite too.  The biggest piece is a white-line woodcut

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Opening April 26

For all readers near Washington D.C.:  Six of my Yosemite paintings will be featured in a group show at SR/A La Collection Art Gallery in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Real Art on a Shoestring will feature over 100 pieces (from over 10 artists) each for $750 or less. Come by on

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Cook’s Meadow, Yosemite Valley

Three forest fires to the south filled the valley with smoke each morning, but the valley oak in Cook’s Meadow shrugged it off.  I painted this with ink and a  sumi paintbrush at about 10:30 AM.

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News & Resources


Into The woods book sue fierston



fierston watercolor print 1


White line Woodcuts

 sold out for March 2021! 

But it’s coming back this summer, check this space or the Smithsonian Associates catalog for the exact date and time.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

 May 8, 10 -1 PM

Gyotaku Hawaiian Style 

If you’ve taken the first class, come on back and learn how to add color to your prints!

May 15, 10 – 1PM

Handprints: Printing on Fabric with Natural Materials

June 5, 10 – 1 PM

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Nature monotypes and hand printed clothing at the Marblehead Arts Association juried show.

Nature leaves shirt

Opening postponed. You’ll find the Marblehead Arts Association in the Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St.  Marblehead, MA



Happy Isles Art | Yosemite National Park,  California

Yosemite Art and Nature Center