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Dec 04, 2008 16 Comments
The rain hasn't arrived quite yet. The air is crisp and the sky is unpaintable blue. The wind plucks at the last golden leaves clinging to trees hunkering down for our brief winter. Listen to the quiet noise of fall.
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Does the name of the child determine its personality? Not if it's name is John or Jill or even Jesus. But if you name it "Untitled #5" or "Infidel fallen angry into the mouth...

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Nov 21, 2008 3 Comments
I hold onto a few illusions about what it is I do. Whatever value art has, I'm not curing cancer or unclogging toilets*. In the midst of the economic turmoil we're all hearing about or living, for more than a moment it seemed almost inappropriate to share new paintings and prattle on about my latest existential angst or successes. But what else can I or any of us do? At best, we can try to be...

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Nov 06, 2008 10 Comments
I know I should be fussing over mailing lists.
And mighty landscapes and introspective figurative narratives.
But right now, at this moment, I love paint.
At some point the thought creeps in, "I can do anything I want."
And so I paint another piece of meat.

Lamb Chop 4, 8" x 8"


This piece, some other new portraits meat, as well as some other work is now on display at BICA. We're having a...

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Oct 17, 2008 4 Comments
It's been a roller coaster year, a good year.



The show opening in Bend at BICA went very well with a sometimes overwhelmingly positive response (a nice article about the gallery can be found here). I was fortunate to be able to help hang the show and amongst a very diverse collection of pieces, the work looked better than I could have hoped. The meat pieces were, as expected, somewhat...

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Oct 06, 2008 5 Comments
The studio is getting dressed for its first day out in public.



This year, I'm participating in the Portland Open Studios (
http://www.portlandopenstudios.com). This artist run organization brings together and opens the studios of 98 artists in the Portland area. The public is invited in to see and learn about the work and the process. It's a diverse group with people working in a wide range...

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Sep 04, 2008 6 Comments
I'm very pleased to write that I've been invited to join in the opening exhibit of a new gallery, Bend Independent Contemporary Art, in Bend, OR. Bend is a fast growing community on the east side of the Cascades that's becoming an arts center, sort of Oregon's take on Taos, attracting boomers and more from California and beyond. This new gallery is a promising opportunity and, more...

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Aug 25, 2008 8 Comments
A friend said the key to writing is "substance". It's a running joke. When either of us gets down to the making of something because of a real event or real thing (something of "substance"), the work is that much better.

Mt. Lamb, 7" x 8″, oil on panel


It's been another summer. I made some paintings. I banged through the dirt on my motorcycle on a trip to Wyoming. I enjoyed the...

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Aug 25, 2008 5 Comments
She was so certain of her eye and what she wanted that on a visit to her house some years ago with my wife, she pointed to one of my paintings that I'd given her. Sweetly, with innocent pride, she said "Did you notice where I fixed it?" The air left the room as my wife stepped back not knowing what I would do. Grandma had "fixed" my painting, adding a highlight and a shadow where she thought...

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