Category Archives: Painting

Sample, Los Angeles and Chicago

Why do I keep these things? I find them in pockets sometimes, or in the back of a desk drawer. Or on a dresser top, buried under books and papers. Sometimes they are receipts—do I keep them because I fantasize … Continue reading

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79 Miles Per Hour

Train travel is a paradox. It takes great hunks of time, especially here in the West where the distances between things are measured in hours and days, not minutes. It cuts me off from the everyday world of phone calls, … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Avenue

Alcatraz Avenue. Watercolor on paper, 9.5 x 18.0 inches, 2016. Since beginning graduate school, my painting has suffered. I have had very little time for anything other than my studies, and (as is usually the case when I get busy) … Continue reading

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A Child’s View

It occurs to me that I have always viewed the world as a child views a kitchen counter-top: on my toes, peering over a divide, trying to see what goes on where I am not even thought of.

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Brushwork and big plans

Recently, I was notified of an exciting opportunity to further my education: I was accepted into a graduate program at the University of California Berkeley. I am very excited by this, and looking forward to it tremendously. However, this new … Continue reading

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Illustrating the masters: McKim, Mead & White’s 1882 Portland rail station

The above is an architectural rendering I created in recent months, but it is more than that: it’s a connection between myself and a lost fragment of time. The building in the rendering is an 1882 rail station design by … Continue reading

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New Digs / Good-bye, route99west

For some time now, I’ve had a web site of some form or other on the domain This blog, for example, has sat on for something like 5 years, maybe 6. I chose the name for various reasons, … Continue reading

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It begins again

Recently, my life got pretty darn hectic. I made a mad dash to Chicago for the Center for Railroad Photography and Art conference, as I previously noted, and then made a mad dash back just in time to start a … Continue reading

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Review: Oaks Park Pentimento

Oaks Park Pentimento: Portland’s Lost and Found Carousel Art Photographs by Jim Lommasson. Introduction by Inara Verzemnieks. Afterword by Prudence Roberts. Oregon State University Press, 121 The Valley Library, Corvallis, OR 97331;; 12.5 x 10.5 in; hardbound; 48 pages, … Continue reading

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Liquidated, 2009; watercolor on paper, approximately 16 x 25 inches. Well that took a bit longer than expected. Liquidated is the second in my 99W Series of paintings. This is a planned sequence of images using the thread of old … Continue reading

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