EASTERN OREGON SERIES

"Fall Aspens"
"Fall Aspens"

36x48 Oil on Canvas

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"Monkey Face Rock"
"Monkey Face Rock"

24x36 Oil on Canvas

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"Crater Lake at Sunset"
"Crater Lake at Sunset"

24x48 Oil on Canvas

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Smith Rock at Sunet
Smith Rock at Sunet

18x24 Oil on canvas. Inspired by a hike we took at Smith rock, this painting captures the gorgeous sunset colors of the unique rock formations and rock climbing haven at this treasured state park.

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Lakeside Sunrise
Lakeside Sunrise

18x24 oil on canvas. This painting was inspired by a photo I took at sunrise, while camping along the edge of Sparks Lake.

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Four Sisters
Four Sisters

24x36 Oil on Canvas. This painting was inspired by a walk I took at sunset at black butte ranch. The sun was going down over the 2 sisters mountains, while 2 mares out to pasture stood lazily in the sun. Hence the title, Four Sisters.

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Sparks Lake at Sunset
Sparks Lake at Sunset

24x48 oil on canvas. Inspired by a camping trip at Sparks Lake in Bend, Oregon.

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Views From the Lodge
Views From the Lodge

18x24 Oil on Canvas. This painting was inspired by the famous view from the Lodge at Black Butte Ranch. The mountains catch their reflection in the lake, while birch trees curl towards the sun over the water.

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In a Field of Flowers
In a Field of Flowers

30x40 Oil on Canvas. A Horse at Black Butte Ranch stands near a grove of Aspen trees. I added flowers to spark color into the painting.

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Though I only recently started exploring Eastern Oregon in the past 10 years, it holds fond childhood memories for my fiance. He graciously shared these memories with me in the first year we were together. The place where his Grandparents lived, he grew up frequenting Black Butte Ranch during summers and holidays.

 

As we built our lives over the last 10 years, Eastern Oregon has become very special to the both of us. At the Ranch, we enjoyed holidays, and watched as two family weddings take place, two new second cousins came into the world, and sadly, experienced the passing on of a family member. We have watched this place grow and change with the years. Through love and loss and new beginnings, Black Butte Ranch and Sisters, Oregon are his family anchor. 

 

Exploring the rest of Eastern Oregon was something we did together. We made memories over campfires at Sparks Lake, chased waterfalls on the McKenzie River, enjoyed the dramatic sunsets at Smith Rock, stared in awe at the sea of lava at the Dee Wright Observatory, and bravely hiked the 3 Sisters Wilderness.

 

I have been very grateful to how Eastern Oregon has inspired the both of us. It has offered and given so much and I plan on documenting the rest of our memories in the form of art.