Board of Directors

We are pleased to introduce our board of directors and staff.

In 2005, Talley Woodmark set high standards by assembling a very professional and energetic group of individuals to administer the daily functions and programs offered by the Silver Heron Gallery. It was important to her that she provide a strong support team for her artists and clientele and that everyone shared in her passion for original fine art.

Today the staff has increased and the level of enthusiasm and commitment to Talley’s vision continues to grow.

R.L. Talley Woodmark

Founder / CEO

As Director of the Silver Heron Gallery, R.L. Talley Woodmark brings over 25 years of experience in the Texas, California, New York, and Oregon art markets as a private collector, corporate fine art consultant, and as a fine art administrator, representing hundreds of artists and placing their work with many Fortune 500 companies, including Bank One, Texas Instruments, Revlon, and Virgin Airways. Mrs. Woodmark, due in part to her wide clientele base which includes art consultants, corporate executives, along with government, diplomatic, and social VIPs, has been instrumental in developing the careers of numerous artists, and introducing paintings, sculpture, and photography within significant collections while working side-by side with designers and architects.

Talley Woodmark has a B.A. in Art History and also holds a Degree in Interior Design. Formerly the President of Designs For Living Inc., Talley has been called upon to design residences throughout the country, as well as private offices, clubs, and boutique hotels. Her work has been featured in a number of national publications including House Beautiful, Home Décor, and Architectural Digest magazines. She holds membership in the National Association of Women Business Owners, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Society for Nonprofit Organizations, the American Gem Trade Association, JCK, the International Colored Gemstone Association, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Years of traveling abroad have contributed to her appreciation of a variety of cultures and artistic styles providing first-hand knowledge and experience. Mrs. Woodmark serves as Chairman of The Board of Directors of the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation, is Co-Founder / Vice President of Marketing for Desert Sun Mining & Gems Inc. and is the Vice President of Marketing/Co-Owner of the Blue Heron Gallery.

Talley enjoys sailing, traveling, vacationing to health spas, and her gourmet arts club, and she has authored several Fiction and Children's Books.

John D. Woodmark


As a venture capitalist and businessman, John Woodmark has been involved with many different industries and investments throughout the nation. He is widely recognized as a leading authority on Antiquities and Secondary Market Collectibles.

Mr. Woodmark brings more than 30 years of accounting experience to his role as CFO. He has extensive knowledge in regulatory compliance and corporate finance with an emphasis in commercial development. He is the founder and CEO of Desert Sun Mining & Gem Inc., an Oregon based mining corporation touting the largest colored gemstone reserves in the world. He is also the President and Director of the Blue Heron Gallery, where he manages day-to-day activities including financial reporting, negotiation, and execution of all customer and vendor contracts. Mr. Woodmark is also the founder and CFO of Woodmoore & Gray Jewelers located in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Woodmark graduated from the University Of Oregon in 1972 with degrees in Accounting, Quantitative Methods, and Psychology. After college he was recruited as an income tax auditor for the government. Subsequently, Woodmark founded Old Ram Inc. and the Fir Tree Corporation specializing in real estate development.

Over the years, Mr. Woodmark has held many high-level policy appointments, including Director of Marketing Resources for the Chilmark Corporation, Senior Consultant on the Advisory Council for Walt Disney Classics, and Policy Advisor for the Swarovski Corporation. Mr. Woodmark has always been highly engaged in community work, and he was proud to serve two terms on the Depoe Bay Planning Commission. He is a lifetime member of both FNAWS – the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep and NRA – the National Rifle Association, and is a member of SCI – the Safari Club International and the Salishan Golf & Country Club. Woodmark supports the arts with the promotion of art and music, festivals to raise money, awareness and support through the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Talley.

In his free time, John he enjoys traveling, golf, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.

Margaret Boone

Director of IT

Margaret started working with computers in 1976 at the tender age of 10. Her early affinity for digital technology has continued to grow. Margaret worked as a software engineer for the Wordperfect Corporation for 6 years. In 1994 she joined Edmark, an educational software company, where she helped to create educational games for children aged 4-18. In 1996 Margaret moved to the Oregon Coast. She was able to continue her educational software development by telecommuting to Humanities Software, an educational software company located in Hood River, Oregon. She then purchased a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise in Newport, Oregon. Margaret continued to work in the software field. As a contract worker, she worked on the Y2K conversion project for Horizon Air, as well as many other projects for companies both large and small. Throughout her career, she has remained committed to helping provide for the educational needs of children, and Margaret is excited to be able to serve on the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation as the Director of Information Technology.

Colette Black

Creative Director & Resident Artist

Colette Black has been a Northwest artist for over 20 years. Her work is nationally recognized for being synonymous with the rugged, naturalistic culture that everyone can relate to. Describing nature as her mentor, creates mixed media pieces that appear to echo the edge of a shoreline, sunlight playing on the surface of the water, or geological formations. The colors and shapes that she introduces into her artwork seem to emulate the serenity and beauty of all the things around us. She has extensive experience in retail art sales, and has participated in various artistic retreat programs throughout the United States.

Collette's work is featured in several galleries on the west coast; she has been a featured artist in Portland's Street of Dreams for many years; and her sculptures and industrial art pieces have decorated numerous designer and custom homes, corporate offices, and museums.

Jaci McKim

Public Relations Administrator

A native of Washington State, Jaci has lived in Oregon for seven years. With over thirty years in textile, clothing and jewelry design, and a strong background in writing and graphic arts, Jaci now helms Thistleworks and Spindrift Publishing in Depoe Bay. Jaci has won numerous awards for her wearable art, she has lectured at art museums throughout the Pacific Northwest, and her work has been worn on the Miss America stage. Jaci publishes the monthly Scuttlebutt magazine in Depoe Bay, and serves as the Creative Director of the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation.

Jaci enjoys gourmet cooking, tournament trivia, romantic movies and spending time with her nieces.

Laine Moncrief

Design Consultant

Laine Moncrief's design work includes residential projects in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and North Carolina. Her design and architectural expertise encompasses commercial and hospitality properties, as well as show houses, with a keen focus on country clubs.

She recently completed interiors for two luxury mountain homes for a development outside of Telluride, Colorado, and is co-designing the interior of a multimillion-dollar estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. Laine's work ranges from contemporary to traditional, with an emphasis on transitional and eclectic interiors. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Her work has been featured in Elle Décor and Texas Monthly magazines.

Laine has received numerous accolades and awards for her work located in the American Southwest.

Robert Menees

Culinary Arts Coordinator

Robert Menees is native Texan who has lived in Oregon for the past eleven years. With over twenty years combined experience in sales, marketing and hospitality industries, Robert's love of cooking stemmed from baking cookies at his mother's elbow after Pop Warner football games as a child. Robert continued his education in culinary arts throughout his teen years and into adulthood, and, along with his Associates degree, he now brings a strong expertise to table when planning and providing food and confections for events throughout the year at the Silver Heron.

Robert's interests include fishing, golf, music, hiking, and - of course - culinary arts.

Clay D. Woodmark

Event Coordinator / Director of Youth Services

Clay Woodmark is a native Oregonian and a 2006 graduate of Newport High School, where he served as a member of the National Honor Society. In the summer of 2005, he spent a term in Barcelona, Spain studying Community Economic Development, as well as a half-semester in Tanzania, South Africa where he researched Environmental Conservation and Animal Control.

Clay has worked as a writer and reporter for the Depoe Bay Beacon, writing various articles and columns. He has also been a top fundraiser for charitable foundations, and was nationally recognized when, in 2004, he raised $26,000.00 for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital. This was the largest amount of money ever raised by a youth in the history of the state of Oregon.

Clay's objective is to support youth-serving nonprofit agencies by bringing awareness of their services to the Pacific Northwest. He is a recipient of a scholarship in gemology with the International Colored Gemstone Association, and is very proud to serve as Vice President of Public Relations for the Wade J. Woodmark Foundation. Clay is fluent in Spanish, and plans to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene to further his studies in Business Administration and Economics.

In is free time, Clay enjoys surfing, golf, community service, and traveling abroad with family and friends.

To Be Announced

Director of Art Education

Swarm Intelligence

Web Designers

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Gallery Interns (Position/s open)

The Silver Heron Gallery provides internship program opportunities to art students and other individuals who are interested in having hands on experience working in a fine art gallery environment. Interns' participation is diverse and includes general gallery duties, assisting with reception parties, conducting various types of research, and marketing projects. Graphic design interns are given hands on experience creating marketing material and promoting the gallery’s quarterly newsletter. Minimum internship period is three (3) months, eighteen (18) hours a week. For more information, please email a short cover letter, including available hours, and your resume to: