Current preview show of what's in store on the Philomath Open Studios Tour at the LaSells Stewart Center includes three artworks by me. Above, Aerial #3 22"x28", Pastel
Summer Solo Show coming up at the Universal Unitarian Church of Corvallis, Mid July thru the end of August. Above, 18x24 Charcoal.
Selected to create the artwork for the 2018 Corvallis Fall Festival Poster. The poster will be designed by Renee Merritt. Can't show you the image....yet!
ShelterCare Arts Benefit was a big success. They raised over $30,000!
Desmond O'Hagan, Juror "Shiver" Juror's Choice 18x24
NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY 2017 ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
September Solo Show at Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis in the main hall.
Above, Astoria Pilot, 14"x16" Pastel.
JAM VIDEO INTERVIEW
Students from the Jam Journalism class at the University of Oregon filmed an interview with me Fall term, 2014. Bryan Cargill, Fahmo Mohammed and Stephanie Lambirth made the experience a comfortable delight. Here is the video they made. There is also an article on the Register Guard's blog.
My pastel landscapes are of real and imagined places. Each painting is an experiment to express an idea about place and atmosphere. They are painted pretty quickly, over a day or two, and many do not succeed. I am not patient but I am persistent.
I go back to the same places to paint over and over again to record the weather, the quality of light, the reflection of water, the growth of grasses; all the changes in a place over time. Familiarity breeds understanding and a focused sense of the place so that I can express its fundamental nature simply.
I have always drawn and painted. Growing up in a busy family with five kids that valued creativity in all the arts, I was the designated visual artist. Later, I chose a landscape architecture career that honed my designer's eye and drawing skills. Those years of creating three dimensional spaces, designing with shadow, sunlight, color and texture, naturally inspired my passion for painting landscapes.
When I turned 50, my children grown, I decided to put in my 10,000 hours to master pastel painting. Now, some (many) years later, I've participated in juried shows, solo shows and group shows and have even been published in a national art magazine. I quit my day job and became a full time artist when I fell in love and moved to the King's Valley area in the Coast Range of Oregon, near Corvallis.