Following on from the great reception that we had for our previous blog, we’ve decided to continue looking at the theme of showing artworks inspired by Portland by putting the spotlight on five more of our artists. Each of these artists have been moved by the beautiful and interesting urban landscape of this city to create a varied series of works. These include from striking, realist oil paintings, to brightly-colored and imaginative representations of famous scenes to complex and highly-detailed prints.
These and other cityscapes can be seen by both coming into RSG and by visiting our website. If you search using the term “Cityscapes/Urban” in the Style drop-down menu of our Gallery Catalogue, you will be able to discover these works and more.
We hope that you enjoy this second part of of your exploration of Portland!
Paul moved to Oregon in 1975 and, in his own words, “immediately became captivated by the beauty and diversity of the landscape”. His lifetime interest in oil painting became focused on capturing this beauty on canvas. Painting wet-in-wet oil on canvas, he tries to complete a piece in one sitting. The works that are currently in RSG are equally-split between peaceful river scenes and these dynamic views of the city of Portland. In them, Paul captures not only the unique aesthetic of the city, but also the bustling energy of downtown.
Born in the UK, Christopher’s career as an artist began in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1997. Now resident in Portland, he is becoming well-known for his beautiful urban and rural scenes; often presenting familiar views in a distinct and original style, using vibrant colors. His work has constantly evolved, as he experiments with different mediums and techniques. In particular, he made a major move away from using watercolors and developed a technique of painting with oil and cold wax. Christopher is a believer in positive thinking and affirmations, a particularly favorite mantra of his being “I can do it, I will do it”.
The photomontages created by Beth Kerschen are the product of a detailed, thoughtful process that can take anything from 3-6 weeks. After roaming through an area, taking multiple photographs, she then uses Photoshop to compose a scene from the many isolated elements. The results are these complex and fascinating images, which bring together in harmony a range of different individual elements into a whole. Her series of bridge prints capture views of the Portland’s iconic river crossings and can be either beautiful individual pieces, displayed together, part of a striking group of works.
Peggie has been a member of Rental Sales Gallery for more than 20 years and we are proud to showcase her Impressionist paintings, which delicately capture the elusive beauty of light and color. Working directly from life outdoors or in the studio, she paints landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lives with equal enthusiasm. Her work on display here captures the view from Pittock Mansion, taking in both downtown Portland and the iconic Mount Hood.
An artist who has been painting in the Northwest for many years, Don enjoys painting the magical scenery and light that makes this such a beautiful area. Originally from Southern California, his roots in painting are influenced by the Early California Plein Air Impressionist style. His rural scenes a filled with a glowing light, which seems to radiate off the canvas. Don is also equally at home painting in the city, capturing urban scenes in Portland with the same delicate brushstrokes and sensitivity to the nuances of color that he sees.