As a Senior Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in the summer of 2011, I merged my translations of landscape with further research of place. I began by researching geology of the region, particularly focusing on the tension of the two fault lines (East Bank and Portland Hills Faults) running through the region. I was able to take advantage of the OCAC wood shop to transcribe part of my schematic design into the birch plywood surfaces, creating actual shifting planes. These shifting planes became the foundation for an expanded visual vocabulary. Using methods I have developed for my abstract portrait work – experience based research, including interviews with numerous Portland residents, as well as exploring written and web resources, I was able to customize and focus the visual language in the paintings.

Many thanks to Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Collins Foundation for this opportunity.