But here we are, the first week of November, and it is time for my annual exhibition at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland. I've now been with the gallery for 14 years and have had solo November shows almost every one of those years.
This show is a bit different, as I'll be sharing the gallery with two other Portland-based artists: Aimee Erickson and Eric Bowman.
Ok...they're not just "Portland-based artists," but good friends whose work I've admired for years. In short...this show should be BLOCKBUSTER!
Through my work for Gamblin, I travel all over the country and am fortunate to meet and work with a number of excellent painters. This makes me realize, however, that there is something very special about the group of painters we have here in and around Portland, many of whom are starting to receive well-deserved national recognition. Aimee and Eric are two such painters...and it's a pleasure to show with them.
As for my work, the last couple exhibitions at Brian Marki has explored specific themes - Urban/Rural in 2012 and The Sky Suite in 2013. This year, I've been focusing on simply getting out in the field and making good paintings - true to the spirit of plein air painting with a eye toward light and atmosphere and a bravado toward mark-making.
Here are a preview of some of the work included in the exhibition:
Carlton Vista, oil/panel, 14" x 18"
Coast Range Foothills, oil/panel, 8" x 10"
Northwest Sound, oil/panel, 12" x 16"
Vista Clearing, oil/panel, 24" x 36"
Park Block Crossing, oil/panel, 11" x 14"
Wallowa Sunrise, oil/panel, 12" x 12"
Northwest Impressions runs from Nov. 6 - Dec. 31, 2014. Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 7th, 5-8pm.