Nature's a kaleidoscope of inspiration, whispering secrets to those who listen. In the PNW, summer unlocks a vibrant palette, from the primal pulse of the forest to the quiet whispers of stones; each artist finds their unique connection that sparks their creative fire. We partnered with local artists to learn where they get their inspiration.

Zosha’s (@zoshalouize) inspiration comes straight from the Earth, in a very literal way. This basket weaver harvests materials for her beautiful creations all over the PNW. "The plants are my teachers," she says. When it comes to harvesting, she has a deep respect for the ecosystem, "I only take what I need and listen to what the willow or cattail is telling me." This sustainable approach is reflected in the beauty and functionality of her baskets. But her connection goes beyond practicality. "Basket weaving has become the art form closest to my heart," she shares.
Dælinar (@daelinar_elfkin), a whirlwind of artistic energy who wears many hats – artist, author, mentor, musician, and storyteller – describes his art as "feral." "I love ecstatic dance, playing improvisational music, zen doodling, and just doing random art in the forest while on a hike," he explains. It's all about letting loose and embracing the raw energy of the natural world. "Nature is the ultimate inspiration," he says, "all my art is about reconnecting with that deep wildness." From tribal art from around the world to sacred geometry, his creations reflect this untamed spirit, often incorporating recycled and upcycled materials. But for Dælinar, the most important element in all his crafts is a simple one: "playfulness."
Kristen (@kristen_the_red), on the other hand, finds her muse in the quiet contemplation of nature. As a labyrinth creator and healing stone maker, her work is deeply connected to the earth. "Being near trees, especially cedars," she shares, "is so grounding. They're powerful, wise, and calming." She incorporates natural elements like stones and intricate designs into her work. But the process starts even before she picks up a paintbrush. "With the stones, whether I'm collecting them or drawing on them, I start with meditation and give thanks to nature for her gifts," she says. The stones themselves play a role in the creative process. "The stone itself encourages the design," she adds, referencing the alchemical symbols, lines, and circles that adorn them.”
Amanda, (@amandakayferrell) a pottery enthusiast who grew up in the San Juan Islands, pays close attention to the textures and colors of the natural world. "Every spring is like a fresh start," she exclaims. "I'm already itching to explore new glazes inspired by blooming flowers." Unlike throwing a piece on the wheel and hoping for the best, Amanda often lets the clay guide her. "My process is very playful," she explains, "I try not to overthink or put too much pressure on it. I typically create new designs through open play on the wheel or hand-building, and I just let myself get into a flow state to see where the piece takes me."
These creatives all agree: spring in the PNW is a treasure trove of inspiration. So next time you're out exploring, keep an eye out for how you might just find your own spark of creativity in the beauty that surrounds us.
molly hawkins