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A resident of Silvana and partner in her husband's insurance office, Carey Waterworth created the picture that is on the cover of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce's new telephone directory which was distributed last week. Waterworth responded to the chamber's call, last winter, for art that celebrates the commerce of this region. After contemplating the options, Waterworth painted a colorful portrait of a farmer's market vendor with Three Fingers Mountain and a classic barn in the background.
"We are so excited about how well it turned out," said the chamber director, Jennifer Shaw.
"Having the opportunity to sit in on the presentations of proposals for the cover, I was immediately drawn to Carey's piece," Shaw said.
"It is vibrant, personal and true to life in Arlington. I am very proud and honored to have such a piece of art associated with the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce. Our board did a fabulous job in choosing Carey's work for the cover."
Her husband, too, is pleased. Bill Waterworth runs a Country Insurance agency in Smokey Point and is proud of his wife.
"It great to seem my name on the cover of the phone book," he laughed.
An avid traveler, Waterworth sees paintings everywhere she turns.
"I take a watercolor journal for sketching whether I am on my bicycle, in the kayak or at a fantastic destination of the world."
Waterworth works part time with her husband, but spends every free moment in her tiny studio on the hill above Silvana.
She uses watercolors and pastels to capture the colors and textures of the world around her.
"I'm constantly trying to absorb the scenes before me, planning the next painting," Waterworth said.
"The act of recreating my impression of a place is almost as exciting as being there," she added.
Waterworth studied fine arts at Everett Community College and has expanded her skills by attending art workshops with various artists around the world, including the Russian Realism Art League in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She believes her challenge as an artist is to share her own unique view and reaction to her surroundings and experience, while creating an image that would be pleasurable to the viewer.
"I believe a committed artist is always expanding intellectually and evolving professionally."
Waterworth believes that artists feed and grow off each other and therefore she is active participant with several area art organizations. Along with being vice president of the Arlington Arts Council, she is also co-chair of the AAC's Fall into Art Auction to raise funds for public art. She was formerly a board member for the Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild and volunteers for various events of the Arts Council of Snohomish County in Everett.
A participant in the AAC's Art in the Barn last weekend, Waterworth's work has been accepted into many prestigious art shows around Snohomish County and beyond, including the Biennial Arts of Snohomish County, Everett, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, the Small Works Show at Gallery at the Depot in Anacortes and Art League of Ocean Shores.