ShelterCare Arts Benefit is coming up in May. I donated Weedy, the dancing tractor. May 17, 2018 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum at UO Campus.
I have been selected to create the artwork for the 2018 Corvallis Fall Festival Poster. Can't show you the image....yet!
Laura and I have begun the illustrations for "Squeak!" to be published by Philomel in 2019.
Desmond O'Hagan, Juror "Shiver" Juror's Choice 18x24
NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY 2017 ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
Little Wolf's First Howling is meeting critical success since it's
publication in April, 2017.
Written by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and
Illustrated by Laura and Me
(Laura painted the b/w gouche expansive Yellowstone landscapes and sweet relationship between father and son and I added the color in Photoshop.)
The book has been well received with three starred reviews:
ALA Booklist, School Library Journal and Kirkus.
Published by Candlewick Press, Boston, MA
ORDER ONLINE AT POWELL'S BOOKS
More about the author and our collaboration at www.LMKbooks.com
See short video of author/illustrators and others howling along:
Little Wolf Video
LITTLE WOLF'S FIRST HOWLING AT THE
BROWNSVILLE ART CENTER
Poster from " Little Wolf from Concept to Publication" at Brownsville Art Center "ART OF STORY" below:
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.