“Your dad is an artist? What kind of art does he do?”
The question seems simple enough, but when I’ve been asked this over the years, the answer isn't always easy. How do you tell a relative stranger or even a close friend that your dad’s artwork involves pigs, cacti, nuts and bolts? That the work often features drunk rabbits, pencils, rulers and rainbows?
For the duration of my life (and for years before) my dad has been producing unique, creative and incredible artwork. He has touched the lives of hundreds (if not thousands) of teachers and students alike, with his amazing work as an artist in residence. Invaluable information has been shared in the two books he has authored. He owns and runs a successful business that he created. Around the art community, he is a friend and an inspiration to his colleagues.
April 1st, 2010 marks the official First Thursday opening of his fourth one-man show in the Pearl, titled “The Theater of the Land.” The show runs through May 1st and can be viewed in person at the Augen gallery in NW Portland. Look here for a preview. Below is dad in his studio. The background is one of the pieces being shown at the gallery, as well as the sketches that precede his finished work.
We are so happy for him. It’s a great accomplishment and we are very proud.
Dad, we hope tonight and the following month you are honored the way you deserve to be. Enjoy the spotlight you have earned.