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What’s Your Day Job?

My filmmaker friend, Seth Douglas, featured me and my art in a short documentary about people who follow their passion every day for work. I’m joined on screen by a choir director, comics writer, and drummer/photographer—pretty cool, huh? We filmed a year or two ago and seeing it again has got me thinking. Although it has taken a lot of persistence and patience for me to get where I’m at now, this documentary and my cameo reminds me that my day job is in fact my dream job. When the going gets tough, I often forget that. So it’s nice to get that reminder.

The film is called Other Work.  I think it’s a great short documentary and hopefully it will end up in the Hollywood Theater’s PDX project at the airport.

June art show. Save the date!

I have been busy working on a new show for this summer. I hope you can join me at the opening reception on Wednesday, June 8th. Save the date and pass on the word. I can’t wait to see you there!

Opening reception:
Wednesday, June 8th, 2017 / 5:00-8pm
Eastbank Commerce Center
1001 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR

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Commission in the Works

spieth-wickman- Commission painting

I love working on these commissions. Here’s some work-in-progress photos. I’m excited to see what it will end up like and how it’ll look in the custom frame I’m building for it.

Sanding a custom frame

Introduction to the Dutch

Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)

Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)

"Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E." 2015, oil on linen, 44" x 60", 112 x 152 cm

Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E. (Christian Rex van Minnen, 2015, oil on linen)

A few weeks ago, I got to meet and check out the process of Colorado and NY artist Christian Rex Van Minnen—a painter who has adopted the classic portrait and still life techniques of Dutch Masters from the Golden Era. As you can tell, he makes some surrealist adjustments to the Dutch tradition.

The process of building up layer upon layer of transparent paint takes time and patience, but the result is really spectacular. Skin looks alive, objects have texture and depth. I’m excited to see where this goes for my own work.

Here’s my own work-in-progress. I didn’t have time to finish it in Colorado, but am returning to it in Portland some time this week.

Meeting Van Minnen was part of a week workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. I was incredibly fortunate to return there this summer.

 

Large Fries in the Works


Work in progress and ideas still sifting together. Large, Large fries. Approximately 8 by 8 feet.

Portrait studies

Recent portrait studies.

Commission in the works

I’ve been working on two exciting painting commissions. It’s been great to collaborate with these commissioners: first meeting to figure out what they love about paintings and continuously throughout the process until I make work that they’re proud to have in their homes. I’ll post the final products once they’re done, but for now, here is one of the works in progress.

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If you’re interested in commissioning a work, find more info here.

The Race is On for the Summer

Midway through the summer and the season keeps buzzing with activity.

This summer I got to spend three weeks (across two trips) in a small ski town near Aspen. There, at 8,200 feet of elevation and surrounded by a dramatic, lush valley of snow-melt-fed grass, cotton woods, and aspen trees, I took workshops at the renown Anderson Ranch Art Center. Faculty, students, and staff hail from all over the world to retreat at this beautiful place to focus nearly 24/7 on art making.

Of the millions of incredible things about the Ranch, the people stand out by far. I learned from some world class faculty: Brooklyn painter David Hornung—a master of color and composition, Craig Drennen—a brilliantly provocative painter, and for the price of one, Ryan Burghard and Ben Buswell—captivating artists from Portland. I met furniture and wood artist Andy Buck and his beautiful family (they used to live in Portland), furniture designer Wendell Castle, photographer Amy Arbus (yes, Diane’s daughter), inspiring kite artists Melanie Walker and George Peters, incredibly talented and thought provoking artist Jenene Nagy (also used to live in Portland!), sculpture and video artist Heidi Schwegler, super gracious Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms, and many more brilliant and creative staff, interns, and students.

These people are great. Some of them even mud wrestle.

Even though the Anderson Ranch has dominated a bit of my summer so far, I have three commissions in the works, and I’m planning a First Thursday show for September. Stay tuned.

 

Installing art at City Club

I’m honored to be showing some of my large paintings at City Club offices downtown. They’ve invited the public to drop by and check out the grand scale of my art.  While you’re there, just hop across the street to the food cart pod for a quick bite.

Visit City Club of Portland:
901 SW Washington St.
Portland, OR 97205
Phone (503) 228-7231