Latest Projects - February 2015
I am currently working on choosing the paintings that will be on display at Linn-Benton Community College Art Gallery during March and April, 2015. The River Painting Exhibit is a celebration of Oregon’s wonderful rivers and streams that I’ve had the honor to paint over the last few years. Painting moving, transparent water has always been intriguing to me. It is as close, metaphorically, to the creative act itself that I can imagine. Capturing an ever-moving, transparent and reflective set of overlapping images with opaque paint can be a mindboggling challenge, to say the least. I am currently finishing up views of the Willamette, John Day, Metolius, Santiam and various other local rivers. The reception is on March 11th, 12-1 p.m. in the atrium of the north Santiam Hall on the second floor.
This week I am also working on three paintings for a cultural connections exhibit at Giustina Gallery, Oregon State University. The show installation for American Expansion happens in a few days, so I’ve been hard at it, particularly with the two four foot panels depicting trains and buffalo.
I always have something very personal cooking in the “kitchen”. For the last two years it has been a series of paintings of mentors from whom I received artistic guidance from early childhood to present. It has been a great way for me to assess who they were and what they taught me when I was first impacted by them or their work and to reassess these things from my current vantage point. Someday I’ll put an exhibit together to celebrate my relationships with these amazing characters.
My most recent personal paintings have been in response to some haiku poetry I occasionally write. I decided to try responding with what I call haiku painting, that is, 5 brush strokes, 7 strokes and 5 strokes, then put my brush down. It’s been a very intriguing process for me, one that seems to deepen the more I do them. I’ve found them to be a good basis for one on one collaborative teaching workshops as well. What’s cooking in your “kitchen”?