Art, Exhibits, Homelessness, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

Two weeks left to see “Surroundings”

 

My paintings are still on view at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts along with fellow artists, Shawn Demarest and Beth Kerschen. The show will be up until Feb 3. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop in. The lobby, where the show is hanging is open until 5pm during the day as well as performance nights. Below are some snaps of the installation.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts – 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

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Art, Homelessness, Landscape, Life, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

PDX Urban landscapes

Urban-Tree-6
Urban Tree 24″ x 24″ oil on linen

As I’ve been making work related to the upcoming show themed “Surroundings” I have not been able to ignore the increasing evidence of homelessness in the urban landscape of Portland and it’s started to show up in the paintings. If I divorce myself from the social and personal tragedy of it and look at it from a visual perspective, it is an undeniable ‘texture’ to our city’s landscape. I watch as camps come and go and come again. They spread out as other campers join and the detritus they generate grows as time passes with no sanitation services. It’s troubling and it’s an undeniable part of our current landscape.

 

Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

Centennial Mills As It Was

 

Centennial Mills As It Was
“Centennial Mills As It Was” 36″ x 36″ oil on panel

I’ve been working on this painting for 6 months. Centennial Mills viewed from the Broadway Bridge as it was several years ago. It was a favorite site of mine in Portland that no longer exists. All that remains is the building with the water tower. The city had plans to redevelop it but they gave up and, over the last year or two, most of it has been torn down.

I’m sad to see so much of what I consider to be Portland being demolished and gentrified.

Art, Landscape, oil painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

Lonely Day, Thinking Of You

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"Lonely Day, Thinking Of You" 36" x 36" oil on linen
“Lonely Day, Thinking Of You”
36″ x 36″ oil on linen

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I have a show of urban landscape paintings coming up towards the end of next month at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, OR. I’ve been chained to the easel over the last several months painting for the show.¬†As soon as I have all the details, I’ll post them here. I hope, if you’re in town, you’ll come by and have a look.