My visual take on Portland and some of the favorite spots
Powell's Books, Pearl District (2018)
Coava Roastery, Madison (2018)
They Keep Coming (2018)
Stumptown Coffee, Belmont St (2018)
A Cup of Portland (2016)
Inspired by Pacific Northwest outdoors
Unpacking the Fun (2017)
Something about the Forest (2017)
Peace, Love, Adventure (2017)
2015 was my first year in Portland, Oregon. It was also the year that I decidedly pivoted the way I was living my life, which consequently shook up all aspects of everything related to me. It felt like an unending storm for a while. These are painted during that time.
True Places (2015)
Sheltering Wings (2015)
The iconic, multimodal Steel Bridge of Portland is known as “the only double-deck bridge with independent lifts in the world.”
This century-old municipal fixture that stretches across the Willamette river somehow became a symbol of sorts in my mind during my transition year from Los Angeles — I ran this stunning bridge regularly which is a connecting segment of East Bank Esplanade.
The three part series shows the journey that a hero makes to a destination with a wagon full of stars, the city that welcomes the hero with an opened door (lifted bridge), and hopes and dreams finally realizing in a big way. So big, that even the massive steel structure goes afloat.
The final add-on piece is my visual commentary on gifted individuals leaving big cities like Los Angeles and New York bringing their talent (golden egg) to Portland.
Hero's Journey (2017)
One Balmy Afternoon (2017)
Disappearance of the Colossal Golden Egg (2017)
Every winter when the towering oak trees along the Willamette River shed their leaves, the bare branches get occupied by hundreds and hundreds of crows that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. The silhouette of these birds perched on wise old trees is such a fantastical visual, it got me conjure up some stories to illustrate.
A Rescue (2016)
Unfold Your Own Myth (2016)
Follow Your Bliss (2016)
Lost and Found (2016)
Unarmed & Endangered
I’ll never get tired of painting animals. Some of these pieces are worth noting as follows.
Procession – A hummingbird is guarding the last white rhino. The banner in Old Latin translates to “deliver us from evil.”
His Own King – I painted this piece when I saw on news that an American trophy-hunter dentist went to Zimbabwe and killed a beloved lion called Cecil with bow and arrow.
Jake Had a Ladder – “Jacob’s ladder” utilized to help a beached whale.
His Own King (2015)
Jake Had a Ladder (2017)
Be Notorious (2015)
A Star in Your Chest (2015)
Things Born of You (2015)
“Frailty, thy name is woman.” These are the words that Shakespeare spoke through one of his most tragic characters, Hamlet – a prince of Denmark, who drives himself and others to demise, because he fails to overcome an adversity that resulted from his family dysfunction, even with all the love and support at his royal disposal.
I painted the photos of vintage steel apparatuses that I randomly took at different times and locations, and replaced their original logos with the names of key Shakespeare’s ladies.