How to create a backyard artist's studio

A Seattle artist transforms her backyard into a spot to unwind and find inspiration

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The workspace
Jim Henkens

The workspace

Drawn to texture, Severn had the studio built of a mix of materials, including exposed beam and steel-bracket ceilings, concrete walls imprinted with a wood-grain pattern, and a table of exposed maple plywood (left over from ceiling construction). A 26-foot-long skylight and expansive windows provide all the light the artist needs during the day.

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