Monday, April 23, 2007

High Desert Journal

Today I received the Spring 2007 issue of the High Desert Journal. This beautiful magazine is filled with excellent essays, fiction, poetry, artwork, and more. And this issue contains a 2-page spread of my work as well. Selections of my series Through the Shadow are included, with an introductory essay. This work was completed in 2004-05, begun during my Caldera Arts residency, in the burnt out pine forests of central Oregon.

Urban Cowgirl

Erica is from the country, but she lives in the Portland. Her parents have horses, she has a desk job. Although she loves her work, and enjoys the city, she's still a country girl.

And then there's the rain:

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Love at the Center of the Universe

Leslie and David are getting married in Astoria this summer. I'll be there. She said that when she was researching northwest wedding photographers online, that my photographs made her cry. So she hired me. I like that.

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Beth and Willie's Engagement Portraits

Non-traditional engagement portraits in Portland. What more can I say? Beth and Willie are a hoot, and Oaks Amusement Park was the right place for some fun portraits. I won't tell you what Congressman Willie works for. Partly because I can't remember. But he's really famous.

I included this one, because I deserve a little face time here and there.
And because you can see I'm having fun.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Be Nourished

Today I am hanging a brief show, in collaboration with Be Nourished, for their open house. Come by Friday, April 20, from 4-7 pm, to see some work and eat some yummy food. I'll be there. The work should be up for a week or so, so stop by later if you can't today. If you can't come by at all, you can view the work online as well.
Be Nourished is located at 3808 N Williams, Suite F, in Portland.
You can also meet the women that run Be Nourished, providing wholistic help to those struggling with eating disorder and body image issues.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Douglas Lynch

Did you know that Portland, Oregon, has an official flag? Do you know who designed it? I didn't until now. The answer is: Douglas Lynch.

You may have seen his work around. He was commissioned, in the 1930s, to create mural panels for the Works Project Administration (WPA) at Timberline Lodge.

Some of his work is incorporated into Lynda Wysong's installation at the Delta Park/Vanport Max Station.

And his flag, designed in 1969 (and revamped in 2002), flies at Portland City Hall, the Portland Building, Pioneer Courthouse Square and other locations.

And he still designs labels for a local vintner, updating annually a label he first designed several decades ago.

Douglas and his sweet wife Alix still live in the same house they've had for fifty years, sitting inconspicuously right off busy NW 23rd. It's filled with their collections of books, folk art, and music--more LPs than I've ever seen in one person's collection.

Over his 94 years, Douglas has worked as a commercial artist (back before the term 'graphic arts' even existed), taught for 30 years at the Museum Art School (having graduated from there in the 1930s...he has some interesting stories to tell about it's history...), was the president of the Portland Art Commission, and more.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Eunice Parsons

At 90 years old, Portland artist Eunice Parsons has more spunk than many 60 year olds I know. She also has one of the finest handshakes of any woman I've met; her fingers, curved with age, fit my hand like a glove. Like most of the senior Portland artists I've photographed in this series, she has a lot of stories, knows a lot of people, and has produced a lot of work.

Eunice is a well-known collage artist; you can see some of her work here, at the 12x16 Gallery. (She also has a show and lecture this month at the Helzer Gallery at PCC Rock Creek.) She is known and adored by her many students, from her many years teaching at the Museum Art School (now PNCA) and PSU, many of whom still visit her in her West Hills home and studio. This year, she is being honored, along with a select few others, as a Faculty Emeritus at PNCA.

Up in her attic studio, Eunice seems to melt right into the floor. She kneels to work on collages she constructs from boxes and boxes of collected and sorted materials, setting antique irons atop them to help them dry flat. As she talks, her face is animated, and as she makes a point, her face lights up and her eyes sparkle.

I could have stayed several more hours, talking and photographing, if I weren't so allergic to her dogs and cats....

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