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, Exhibits, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Urban Landscape

Upcoming Show

I’ll be part of a three person show, along with Shawn Demarest and Beth Kerschen in December at the Portland’5 Center for the Performing Arts. Shawn and Beth and I showed together in 2013 and I’m looking forward to hanging together again.

Bill Sharp Urban Camper 36 x 36 oil on panel
“Urban Camper” 36″ x 36″ oil on panel

The theme of the show is “Surroundings” and I’m including work that’s come out of my experience of my exterior as well as interior surroundings. Above is a new piece for this show. I believe the opening for the show is the First Thursday in December. More details to follow.

 

Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Plein Air, Urban Landscape

Plein Air in Ranier, OR

A friend and I drove out to Ranier, OR to paint at the defunct Trojan Nuclear Plant (now a park) but there was not much there we were interested in painting so we drove on into the nearby town of Ranier, which is right on the Columbia river. These 2 paintings were done from a parking lot in the town.

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"The Mary B"  9X12 oil on linen panel
“The Mary B”
9X12 oil on linen panel

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"Docks in Ranier" 9x12 oil on linen panel
“Docks in Ranier”
9×12 oil on linen panel

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