I am a second generation Oregonian, born in Bend, Oregon, grew up in Portland and now living in Eugene. After graduating from PNCA with a BFA degree in painting and drawing, I became a member of Blackfish Gallery for several years, while teaching painting and drawing to support my studio work. In 1997 I moved to Eugene to run Oregon Arts Supply with my husband, and raise my son, while maintaining a studio in my home.I have worked in many mediums, from oils, acrylic, encaustic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media as well as a wide range of drawing tools and surfaces. I love the exploration of each one and the possibilities that each provide. I have a passion to create. Whether I am in my garden, woodworking in my garage or creating events at the store. It is something that has always been with me, even as a child.
The content of most of the work is about a narrative. A narrative that comes from a personal history that I explore and redefine as I move onto the next body of work. There is always a conversation in my head that will play out as I begin a piece trying to define its meaning. Some of my most recent work focuses on layered abstractions in acrylic on canvas, with a subtle reference to the Willamette Valley and the hills of Portland where I grew up.. I believe all of our experiences are somehow embedded inside us. Some come to the surface while others are obscure and remain underground or below the surface, an internal landscape. I use symbols and metaphors to convey the ideas behind my pieces. I take from a collection of objects and shapes that come from a personal reference or experience. Some become literal, many are not. In the process of making art I want to take what can be identifiable and shift it, take it out of context and reframe it giving it new meaning. I like to explore beyond the perceived reference in the narrative of these pieces, abstract them, alter their immediate reference and create a pause from the viewer.
My work will be featured at the Salem on the Edge Gallery May 2022
Be sure to check out my work on Saatchi.Art - Rebecca Mannheimer
Eugene Scene by Randi Bjornstad | Jul 10, 2020 (Click below)
Register Guard- "New Salem on the Edge" gallery Sept 10, 2020 (Click below)