LOVE ART! GALLERY - 8036 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR
INFLUENCE Gallery - 131 SE 3rd Ave., Hillsboro, OR
Welcome to my art world, in it you will discover places filled with inner exploration, meditation, landscapes, marine & wild life; real & unreal. Every part of what you see is from my life's passions & dreams. I joke that I am of two minds. For the laid back, day-dreamy part of my mind, my favorite medium to work in is oils and the architect brain in me likes to work in watercolors and colored pencils.
I love the freedom, the blending of colors, the feel of working with oils. I appreciate that I can work with the paint over a moment, or days, depending on what I am creating. The tightly wound, controlled part of me loves the structure and precision that colored pencils and watercolors demand.
What and how I
choose to work on a particular subject is still a bit of a mystery.
The smallest idea, picture, or conversation can launch me into 10
different concepts of which all or just one will make it to canvas. I
am continually asked how I work through the process of painting, and I
can never really give a straight answer. Too many times, I will be
deeply immersed in a piece, step back for a break and wonder: "Geez, I
did that? Cool."
For the past
10 years, I put my art on the back burner to raise our children to a
more independent age and to recover from a severe neck injury. Now I
feel like I am playing "catch-up" to all the ideas that are burning in
my mind. I think that I
least 3 lifetimes to create everything that I want to.
I am a first generation American, born in San Francisco. My family is
originally from Latvia and filled with artists, designers, actors and
musicians. I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades... I have worked as
architectural draftsman, in administrative positions, barrista, house
painter, web designer, massage therapist... the list goes on. In college, over the course of 5 years, I studied
Art, Architecture, English, Oceanography & Marine Biology.
My art studies literally started as soon as I could stand. My father would be working on a piece and he told me that I would stand there, very quietly, watching him for quite some time. I have had many instructors and many experiences over the years, but to this day, my father continues to be the best teacher I have.
For too many
years I have been extremely shy about publicly showing my work, many of
my sales have been by word of mouth. In the Fall of 2009, I started
teaching art classes in my studio, which has helped push me out of my
shell. As of February 2010, I am now showing in my first gallery.
Artist Professional Background
A.A. in Fine Arts
Private & Community Art courses for over 20 years
1984 - 1993: Architectural Draftsman
1982 - present: Sold over 100 works to private collectors - original paintings & commissioned pieces
1993 - 1994: Art Vendor at Art & Wine Festivals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
1999 - 2009: Personal artistic hiatus to raise children & recover from a neck injury
2006 - 2009: Volunteer coordinator at elementary school for Art Literacy and Annual Fundraising Auction
2009 - present: Teach adults and childrens' art classes - from basic drawing skills to advanced techniques
Feb 2010 - present: Member of Taulatin Valley Artists & Influence Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon
March 2010: Featured Artist of the Month, Influence Gallery
Upcoming - October 2010: Featured Artist of the Month, Influence Gallery - Artist's Reception Oct 5th, 6 to 8pm
September 2010 - February 2011: commissioned Artist for Hillsboro Tuesday Art Walk Poster
Love Art! Gallery - http://www.loveartgallery.net/
Tualatin Valley Artists - http://tvartists.org
Total Art Soul - http://totalartsoul.com
International Encaustic Artists - http://www.international-encaustic-artists.org/
Encaustic Art Institute - http://www.eainm.com/
Purchase Original Art, Giclee or Fine Art Print - matted fine art prints start as low as $20 - shipping included