Oregon’s Painted History

I am excited to share that I have received a 2014 Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) grant to cover funds for a series of paintings I intend to create honoring Oregon’s historic past.

“Oregon’s Painted History” will be an exhibit of oil paintings depicting  some of the more colorful, less-known stories from bygone days in Oregon. My inspiration for the show will come from researching  topics  across an approximate 100-year stretch (1850 – 1950), such as prohibition, the prostitution trade, the exploitation of Chinese workers, and the Portland Underground. Rather than trying to recreate exact scenes of actual events, I plan to employ “historic surrealism”, which will rely on symbols and metaphors to help capture the emotional impact and broader implications of the topics I select.  Individuals representing a larger group of people will be the focal point of my stories.

Oregon’s Painted History: Oregon’s hidden past revealed through historic surrealist paintings

Opening reception: August 1, 2014, 6-8 pm
Location: Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Ave, Portland, 503-231-7264

An additional showing of the paintings will be in November-December 2014 at the Portland Center for Performing Arts lobby.


August 9, 2-4pm
Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Join us for an artist talk and Q&A and learn more about Oregon’s seedy history. I will speak about my historic realism works on display. I will be joined by Portland historian JD Chandler, author of Hidden History of Portland and Murder and Mayhem in Portland, Oregon.

September 13, 2-3pm
Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Join me for an artist talk and Q&A. I will speak about my historic surrealism works on display in the gallery. Learn more about my artistic process and techniques as well as getting a glimpse of Oregon’s seedy history.


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