Thursday, February 26, 2015

A visit from paintings past

I recently received emails from a couple of people who purchased paintings of mine back in the late 1990s. My work has changed a lot since then. I was still new to painting but I rather like these still. It's always nice to see where they end up and know that they have happy homes!

"Psychodrama"  oil on board  32" x 48"  1997

"My Geppetto" oil on board  48" x 64"  1998

"The Colonade" oil on board  32" x 48"
Some people think you should never show old work. After all someone may like it better than yout new stuff and want you to do that again. Well, I can't go back and I won't paint like this any time in the future. But I always enjoy seeing other artists' older work. It gives you an idea of where they came from, what they worked through to get where they are. So there.

Anyway, thanks to the owners for sharing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Good News

I just found out that both the paintings I submitted for the "Expressions West 2015" show at the Coos Art Museum have been selected. They'll be on display from April 24 to June 27.
I'd like to thank the juror Brian Hoover. He is an amazing artist by the way and it is always an honor to be judged favorably by my peers.

The pieces that will be included are:

"Barricade" oil on canvas  50" x 34"
"Roof"  oil on canvas  36" x 49"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Build It" at the i.d.e.a. Museum

The Show "Build It" at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa AZ opened last week with two of my paintings featured on a guided tour of the exhibition. Here's a few photos of the museum and the show. There's a lot lot more to it., and looks like a pretty cool, fun exhibition.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

West Coast Biennial at Turtle Bay

Here's some photos of the "West Coast Biennial" at the Turtle Bay Discovery Museum in Redding, California. I was honored to be included in the exhibition. My thanks to the juror, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson (the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum). And congratulations to the award winners:Best of Show - Katherine Ace for "Hansel & Gretel"
First Prize - Gini Holmes for "Death Panel" and "Three Jobs"
Second Prize - Laura Ross-Paul for "Night Lights"
Third Prize - Matthew Dennison for "Benevolent"
Honorable Mention - Tim Kelly for "Olympic Park, Montreal"

Best of Show winner by Katherine Ace

My piece "Burn"

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Trip to Boardman

On February 6th I got a long tour of PGE's coal fired power plant near Boardman, Oregon. I took a ton of photos as reference material for future paintings that will tie into my ongoing series about fire. Here's just a few:
A view of the plant from the access road
Inside these guys the coal in the form of fine dust is blown up into furnaces
above to be ignited. A bit like the fuel injection part of a car.

Steam lines on one end of the turbines
that actually generate the electricity
These are just two of many many points where
burners ignite the coal dust. Think of them kind of like giant spark plugs.
Except they actually burn oil and have their own spark plugs to ignite them.
Once the coal is ignited their shut off and the process becomes self sustaining
A view from the roof of the plant looking out over the coal field.

Monday, February 2, 2015

"Build It"

This came in the email yesterday. I've got two paintings in the exhibition that are a featured part of the guided tour (see my previous post).