Why Do I Write About the Arts?

My love of art started in childhood, as the child of an artist. My mother was multi-disciplined, both musician (guitar and vocals) and visual arts. Though my mother never pursued her art commercially, she continued to create in one form or another until her stroke in 1994. From pencil sketches to paintings, hand-painted eggs and collaged murals for every holiday or work commissioned for the schools, my mother’s creativity seemed boundless. She sewed, played guitar, sang, recovered furniture and made decorator items such as seashell embossed mirrors or window treatments. She was DIY before that term was coined and she spent a great deal of time passing down her love of the arts to me and my sisters.

We spent time together watching classic old movies and musicals as she explained who people like Carmen Miranda, Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire were. We listened to old jazz standards and classical  pieces alongside albums of  rock n’ rollers’ and folk musicians, as she pointed out key information about the music or the artist. Mom would spend summers taking us to the library (to check out those albums and armloads of books, as we were expected to read all summer long) and craft stores where she would buy us unpainted ceramics and other craft supplies to wile away the hours with her, immersed in a project side-by-side.

It was through my mother’s enthusiasm for the arts that I found a lifelong love, one that sprung forth ever more vibrantly when I spent six months traveling throughout Europe  at the age of 30. I came face to face with the work of artists that I had spent my life learning about in books. These works, and the works of many other artists I discovered throughout my travels, were even more compelling in person. I learned an even greater appreciation and came back with a desire to have art in my everyday life.

Since my return in 2002, I have met artists in almost every discipline, interviewed gallery owners, researched art schools, found mathematicians masquerading as painters, painters masquerading as philosophers and performance artists hidden in every citizen. I have covered PICA’s Time Based Art Festival and Portland Open Studios and written dozens of art previews for local magazines. I have made many new friends, explored and enjoyed art forms I never appreciated before and learned a great deal about this thing we call art. I look forward to continuing my journey.

Most of my clips are in the visual arts but I also have expertise and interest in the arenas music, movies, theater, poetry, prose and dance.


Art Portfolio | Writing Clips

Designs Collide: Art Shows at Portland Boutiques

DIY PDX: Portland Open Studios

Toying With Art: How the arts and urban culture are changing toys