Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    Diem Chau, a Seattle-based artist, has been whittling creatures into crayons and pencils for years. But her current exhibition, "A-Z: Northwest Natives," at the G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle, takes a letter-by-letter approach to local animal life.
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    Most of Chau's work is carved out of a single color, but she shows remarkable dexterity in painting the entry for "N," the northern spotted owl.
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    Humans make an appearance in the entry for the letter Q. This one is called "Quinault Woman," a member of a Native American tribe from western Washington.
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    T is for "turtle" in this elaborately carved example, showing a turtle reaching for sunlight atop several lily pads (and another turtle lagging behind).
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    Carved from a salmon-colored pencil, these salmon appear to be swimming with rolling waves in this entry for the letter S.
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    X is for "Xanthogrammica," better known as the giant green anemone, whose whorls are rendered in surprising detail, alongside a starfish with a microscopic granular texture of its own.
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    It's hard to imagine anything other than zebras ending Chau's carved alphabet, and she renders its signature stripes in detail along with a bushy-tipped tail wrapped around the base of the crayon.
    Diem Chau
  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    Chau's work extends to graphite pencils. This is one of her most recent creations, entitled "The Dreamer."
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  • Diem Chau's Northwest Natives

    She returned to the animal kingdom in making "Billy," another recent carving.
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