Featured Artist Mary L. Parkes

Headshot of artist Mary L. Parkes

We have some additions to our Mary L. Parkes exhibit arriving at the Gallery today. Stop by and see what makes her contemporary still life paintings so tantalizing.

Artist Statement

mary-l-parkesWhat inspires me are the objects in nature. Grasses, leaves, colorful vegetables. The fabulous forms that the ocean makes on the sand when the tide comes and goes are awesome!  These wondrous things can have a gleeful, dancing feeling.  The viewer may often see frogs lurking, strawberries taking off like rocketships and ribbons streaming. The effervescent colors reflect my joy of life.

I live in Hayden Island, near Portland, Oregon, with my husband and kitties. It’s view of the water and sailboats makes it seem like I am living a vacation. I love that my studio is larger than the one I had in Santa Fe but I really miss my friends.

Currently I show my art in several new galleries in Oregon: Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach and Geezer Gallery in Portland. If you are in Oklahoma City, you can see my work at Kasum Contemporary Gallery.

Process/Technique information

My paintings are done mostly on stretched canvas or linen.  The depth is at least 1/\.5” deep.  I have used clear glazed linen for my surface, which gives a more natural feeling.  Some of my canvases have many color glazes that have been sanded, glazed and sanded again to give a smooth surface.  All depending on the subject matter of course.

Associations

Mary L. Parkes is a member of:

  • Oil Painters Of America
  • International Guild of Realism.

See the Work of Mary L. Parkes at Village Frame & Gallery in March:

Realistic painting of pears surrounded by butterflies and bees
Fun at Pear Park by Mary L. Parkes
Painting of rocks interspersed with twigs, birds, insects, and flowers
Sanctuary by Mary L. Parkes
Painting of white poppy against background of leaves, stems, and buds
Prickly Poppy by Mary L. Parkes

Featured Artist Kimm Byers

Picture of Kimm Byers holding one of his paintings
Picture of Kimm Byers holding one of his paintings
Kimm Byers

About the Artist

Award-winning artist, Kimm Byers describes his creations as “Emotionalism” and defines emotionalism with, “where color and feeling meet on paper or canvas for an eye opening Flash.”

After graduating from high school in 1969 Byers set out to develop his own style of painting, the result is “Emotionalism” and unique to Kimm Byers. He has displayed his art in Galleries up and down the West Coast of the United States.

Kimm Byers’ work has been purchased by and is displayed in international galleries and museums. Byers was commissioned by the Portland Rose Festival as the official Artist in 1988 and 1989 – the first person to be honored with this title since the Festivals inception in 1906.

Byers was selected as the “official artist” for the Valley Center, CA., Sesquicentennial Celebrations in 2012 donating the commissioned art to the Valley Center Music Festival as the Grand Prize in a raffle fundraiser – the winner consequently donating the piece to the Valley Center Historic Society, where it is displayed in the Museum.

See Kimm Byers’ Artwork in Person at Village Frame & Gallery

Watercolor painting of Willamette River and surrounding Portland area
By Kimm Byers
Watercolor painting of cabin in Mt. Hood forest with mountain behind
By Kimm Byers

Featured Artist John Waddingham

Image of John Waddingham painting cityscape of Portland, Oregon
John Waddingham

John Waddingham is well known for his watercolor paintings and drawings, which have appeared in invitational and juried shows and galleries throughout the United States. If you are from Portland, you have probably already seen some of his cityscapes or portraits, but you may not know John was also a printmaker.

His illustrations have appeared in many periodicals, including Ford Times Magazine, Kiwanis International, C.A. Magazine, The Artist (London, Eng.), and Antwerpen (Belgium) Gazet. American Artist magazine featured him May, 1967 and June, 1990.

He was born in London, England during the WWI Blitz, then lived in India and Canada before his family eventually arrived in Portland, Oregon. He had two sisters who were also artists, and the creative trio helped support their family during WWII by doing watercolor portraits. John maintained a studio at his Portland home until his death in 2002 at the age of 87.

During John’s long, successful career, he was Editorial Art Director at the Oregonian, an Artist Member of the Portland Art Museum, president of the Portland Art Directors’ Club, a frequent juror of art shows, and included in Who’s Who In America, and Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters and Sculptors.

His watercolors have twice been circulated throughout the United States by the American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, and Vincent Price purchased over a dozen of his works for the Vincent Price Collection.

We have several Waddingham works available for sale at the Gallery. Here is a small sample:

John Waddingham painting 35th Near Marco's
35th Near Marco’s
John Waddingham painting Halcyon Days
Halcyon Days
John Waddingham painting White House
White House

February Exhibit: Portland Watercolor Artists

Water color of downtown Portland, Oregon, overlooking the bridges that span the Willamette River with Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens in the background

Join us this month for a celebration of water and color!

Featuring Portland artists John Waddingham and Kimm Byers with Susan Koch and Amiee Erickson.

Water color of downtown Portland, Oregon, overlooking the bridges that span the Willamette River with Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens in the background
City of Mountains and Bridges by John Waddingham

John Waddingham

John Waddingham is well known for his watercolor paintings and drawings, which have appeared in invitational and juried shows and galleries throughout the United States. If you are from Portland, you have probably already seen some of his cityscapes or portraits.

During John’s long, successful career, he was Editorial Art Director at the Oregonian, an Artist Member of the Portland Art Museum, president of the Portland Art Directors’ Club, a frequent juror of art shows, and included in Who’s Who In America, and Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters and Sculptors.

His watercolors have twice been circulated throughout the United States by the American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, and Vincent Price has purchased over a dozen of his works for the Vincent Price Collection. [Learn more]

Watercolor painting of Willamette River and surrounding Portland area
By Kimm Byers for Rose Festival

Kimm Byers

Award-winning artist, Kimm Byers describes his creations as “Emotionalism” and defines emotionalism with, “where color and feeling meet on paper or canvas for an eye opening Flash.”

After graduating from high school in 1969 Byers set out to develop his own style of painting, the result is “Emotionalism” and unique to Kimm Byers. He has displayed his art in Galleries up and down the West Coast of the United States.

Byers was commissioned by the Portland Rose Festival as the official Artist in 1988 and 1989 – the first person to be honored with this title since the Festivals inception in 1906. [Learn more]

Watercolor painting of historic home on a hill
By Susan Koch

Susan Koch

Painting began as a childhood passion for Susan. As far back as she can remember she was intrigued with drawing what she saw. She always knew painting was what she would do with her life.

She studied watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago under the late Irving Shapiro, one of the truly great watercolor artists of our time.

Since then, she has won many awards, including “Best of Show” and “Peoples’ Choice” several years running in the Watercolor Society of Oregon annual shows.

Water color painting of street in Portland, Oregon with houses on right side and cars traveling over a downtown bridge
By Amiee Erickson

Amiee Erickson

Paris-born, Portland-based artist Aimee Erickson is an oil painter in the realist tradition. Trained as an illustrator, she has a BFA in Visual Communication Design and has also studied with Sherrie McGraw, Burton Silverman, and Joseph Paquet. Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997. She teaches at the Multnomah Arts Center, Sitka Center, Creative Arts Community at Menucha, and in her studio.

“My interest lies in the essence of things, in the beauty of nature, and in cycles of consciousness. My paintings include all sorts of subject matter–figures, landscape, still life–with draughtsmanship and design as a foundation.”

See More During First Friday at the Gallery or Stop By this Month

Love our city? Love art? You will love this exhibit spotlighting Portland watercolor artists.

We are at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. First Friday is February 6, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. For more information, e-mail Beth or call Village Frame & Gallery at 503-245-8001.

4 Pacific Northwest Artists to Chase Away Your Gray Day Blahs

Photograph of gallery wall showing large number of Jerry Hammel's works

Constant dripping outside starting to get you down? It’s time for a pick-me-up. Fortunately, we live in a creative corner of the world and this month the Gallery is featuring four Pacific Northwest artists who are all about that color. Stop by and refresh your eyes with the works of:

Doug Hunt

Artist’s Statement

Painting of rolling hills covered in grapevines
Path to the Vineyard by Doug Hunt

As far back as I can remember (and that’s back further than I can remember now) I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I wanted to be a fine artist even before I knew what fine art was. As a young boy I was inspired by the great masters. Who you wonder? Da Vinci? Rembrandt? Well no, actually it was Walt Disney and “Big Daddy” Ed Roth. I cut my teeth on cartoon characters, hot rod art and psychedelic posters. Even in the military, I took advantage of every artistic opportunity and for a year and a half landed a job where my duties included photography and graphic arts. The other two and a half years wasn’t nearly as fun.  … [More]

Beki Killorin

Watercolor painting of heron
By Beki Killorin

“In the creative process, I try to not let the subject matter carry the painting but allow my own self-expression to create the artistic emotion and essence of the subject so that you, the viewer, can complete the story.”

About the Artist

Beki Killorin, received most of her training in art in her home state of Oklahoma. Twenty-five years of artistic growth through the mediums of oil, ink, acrylics, collage and watercolor led her to take a major step into printmaking in 1983. The technical challenge of this medium, combined with her already well-defined skill as a professional artist, provided a positive avenue for printmaking as a full time career.

In 1987 Beki and her husband relocated to the Pacific Northwest and from her studio in Washington’s Northern Puget Sound … [more]

Jennifer Bowman

Painting of old truck in the middle of a field of poppies
Ol’ Blue Eyes by Jennifer Bowman

“I believe everyone is an artist in some way, whether it is the presentation of a fine meal or the construction of a beautiful home, the wording of a contract or the way a mother raises a child. Each of us has the ability to make art. Mine just happens to be in paint.”

About the Artist

Jennifer Bowman is an award winning northwest artist who has been exhibiting and competing professionally for the past 16 years. She has shown throughout the Puget Sound region, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections locally to international collections including France and the Netherlands. [more]

Jerry Hammel

Illustration of middle-aged couple in evening attire
Bill and Lois by Jerry Hammel

The Man Behind the Brush

by Susie Hammel

Jerry Hammel was a very quiet, sensitive and unique man who had style, panache, talent and humor. And through his paintings he spoke. Being an artist was one of the things that gave him happiness and allowed him the freedom to do as he enjoyed.

He started his career as a graphic designer and a commercial artist, but his real loves were his paintings and sketches. Oh, how he enjoyed drawing curvaceous bodies, doing the makeup, clothes and all the details that made “his ladies” original and beautiful. There were some full of humor, some caricatures, some serious and some whimsical. He was able to blend his rich talent between Art Deco and Victorian.

The vibrant colors and the graphic designs of the people he illustrated speak to … [more]

Featured Artist Jennifer Bowman

Painting of old truck in the middle of a field of poppies

“I believe everyone is an artist in some way, whether it is the presentation of a fine meal or the construction of a beautiful home, the wording of a contract or the way a mother raises a child. Each of us has the ability to make art. Mine just happens to be in paint.”

About the Artist

Artist Jennifer Bowman painting in her studio
Jennifer Bowman

Jennifer Bowman is an award winning northwest artist who has been exhibiting and competing professionally for the past 16 years. She has shown throughout the Puget Sound region, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections locally to international collections including France and the Netherlands.

Jennifer and husband, Bill, traveled from Seattle to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and back again on their sailboat during 1996 and 1997. During their travels, she was able to spend an intensive year of study mastering her techniques. Her paintings focused on colorful market scenes, images of bougainvillea-draped buildings, and realistic renditions of the cruising community’s yachts in tropical settings.

When the Bowmans returned to the states, they spent a year in San Diego where Jennifer was commissioned to paint over 40 boat portraits. That number has tripled since then. Her work has graced the cover of 48 Degrees North six times and she has been the Artist for Whidbey Island Race week for two years. The varied and vivid scenic backgrounds of the many boat paintings enhanced Jennifer’s ability to portray nature’s moods. She is the winner of the coveted 2004 Skagit Valley Tulip poster contest and the creator of the 2004 Edmonds Arts Festival poster as well.

She teaches in her hometown of Anacortes, Washington, gateway to the San Juan Islands, where she divides her time between that, keeping up with her nine-year-old son and occasionally going sailing with her husband.

Other Accomplishments and Awards:
2008 HBO Movie “Taking Chances” set dressing prop
2007/8 Quarto Publishing, London: Acrylic and Watercolor Painters
2005 Washington State Heirloom Birth Certificate Design
2004 Skagit Valley Tulip Poster
2004 Edmonds Arts Festival Poster
2004/5 Anacortes Waterfront Festival Poster
2004 MacGregor Publishing Telephone and Visitor Guides
2004 Northlight Books’; Artists Ref Photo Marine Nautical Material
2001 Edmonds Art Festival; Edmonds Mayor’s Purchase Award
1999 Puyallup Fair Exhibition , 200 th Anniversary of Mt. Rainier Award

See Works by Jennifer Bowman at Village Frame & Gallery

Painting of old truck in the middle of a field of poppies
Ol’ Blue Eyes by Jennifer Bowman

Featured Artist Beki Killorin

Close up of watercolor of heron in blacks, grays and whites with an orange crest

“In the creative process, I try to not let the subject matter carry the painting but allow my own self-expression to create the artistic emotion and essence of the subject so that you, the viewer, can complete the story.”

About the Artist

Photo of the artist standing in front of a painting of a heron.
Beki Killorin

Beki Killorin, received most of her training in art in her home state of Oklahoma. Twenty-five years of artistic growth through the mediums of oil, ink, acrylics, collage and watercolor led her to take a major step into printmaking in 1983. The technical challenge of this medium, combined with her already well-defined skill as a professional artist, provided a positive avenue for printmaking as a full time career. Beki’s original prints have been represented by Island International Artists since 1982.

In 1987 Beki and her husband relocated to the Pacific Northwest and from her studio in Washington’s Northern Puget Sound, she has been able to devote full time to the developments of her prints and further refine her skills in her beloved medium, watercolor.

Stepping into the new century added yet another dimension to her portfolio. With the technical advancements of computers came a process of printing known as Giclee. This process generates a print that is technically superior to most other types of reproductions. Archivally treated pigmented inks and fine art rag watercolor paper are used to produce these prints. With some hand embellishment on each one, this process has enabled Beki to expand the horizon of her watercolor imagery into the national marketplace.

Beki’s style provides a contemporary look to familiar subjects that brings a unique life and spirit to each piece she produces. Every work of art or print receives her special imprint … a small red dot that precedes her signature. It is an acknowledgement and affirmation of the wonder of God’s creation and His ever-present and lasting love for all.

Today Beki’s original watercolors, giclees and intaglio prints are represented by galleries both nationally and abroad.

A Sneak Peek of Works by Beki Killorin Available at Village Frame & Gallery

Featured Artist Farooq Hassan

Artist Farooq Hassan in front of one of his paintings

November 7th is First Friday with Farooq Hassan

“Colors are like music … there are many tones. I’m like a composer who writes a piece of music. There is harmony and contrast. When I see an empty space, I put something to cover that emptiness.”

–Farooq Hassan

Artist’s Bio

Artist Farooq Hassan in front of one of his paintings
Farooq Hassan

Hassan spent his youth in crowded cafes and on the docks in Iraq, striving to capture on paper the colorful scenes playing out before his eyes. He disciplined himself to not lift his pencil from the paper, but instead to draw a person with a single line.

As a young man, he taught high school. “We did our best to create art, not politics,” Hassan recalls. He also collected stamps, a hobby that eventually led to an unusual and satisfying outcome–he ended up designing more than 75 commemorative postage stamps for the Iraqi postal service.

For 50 years he built his standing as an artist. His work was exhibited in London, Amman, Basrah, and Baghdad. In Iraq, he was considered a national treasure. Then, politics changed his life forever.

Between 1980 and 1991 Hassan moved 22 times, always one step ahead of political strife in Bagdad. After the Iran-Iraq war ended and the first U.S. Gulf war resulted in sanctions, times were hard and dangerous, and yet, it was a time when art began to flourish again. Hassan devoted himself full-time to his paintings.

Life in Iraq was especially perilous for his daughter, Dalia, a reporter for the Washington Post and translator for the American and NATO forces. She took an opportunity to immigrate to the U.S. and encouraged her mother and father to follow her.

In 2010, Hassan and his wife, Haifa, joined their daughter in Portland, Oregon. Hassan was 71 years old and he had lost everything: his reputation as a master artist, the paintings he had created in Iraq, and his home. So, he set about renewing himself through painting.

Hassan is currently represented by galleries in Iraq, Jordan, and in Portland, The Geezer Gallery. This month, Village Frame & Gallery is proud to exhibit the work of Farooq Hassan. Join us Friday, November 7th for our First Friday reception, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to see Hassan’s work for yourself and meet the artist. In addition, local jewelry artist Susan Koch will be showing a selection of her bead designs.

Sample Works by Farooq Hassan

Featured Artist Jerry Hammel

Illustration of distinguished gentleman in turtleneck, smoking a pipe

The Man Behind the Brush

by Susie Hammel

Illustration of distinguished gentleman in turtleneck, smoking a pipe
Jerry Hammel

Jerry Hammel was a very quiet, sensitive and unique man who had style, panache, talent and humor. And through his paintings he spoke. Being an artist was one of the things that gave him happiness and allowed him the freedom to do as he enjoyed.

He started his career as a graphic designer and a commercial artist, but his real loves were his paintings and sketches. Oh, how he enjoyed drawing curvaceous bodies, doing the makeup, clothes and all the details that made “his ladies” original and beautiful. There were some full of humor, some caricatures, some serious and some whimsical. He was able to blend his rich talent between Art Deco and Victorian.

The vibrant colors and the graphic designs of the people he illustrated speak to the complexities of his life made simple in line, form, elegance and strength. He had high expectations of himself and saw no shades of grey. Although Jerry’s art was filled with color, he lived in a world of black and white; Jerry was a perfectionist. Those who knew Jerry admired his creativity, his artistic expressions and his gifted, multi-faceted nature. He never was able to value the uniqueness others saw in him. Others saw what Jerry could not appreciate in himself.

Jerry always needed paper to be available so that he could sketch whatever caught his eye – even when away from “his board”. At restaurants he would sketch on a dinner napkin. He had excellent taste in clothes. He wore a “Greek” cap, smoked a pipe, wore ascots, French cuff shirts, beautiful cuff links – and – never wore jeans.

As you see his paintings, you will find him to be very sensitive and tender, with the heart and soul of an artist.

See Jerry Hammel’s Work in Person at Village Frame & Gallery

If you haven’t had a chance to see this show, make time before the end of October. This is a large exhibit, but several pieces have already found their forever homes. In the meantime, here are a few pieces that illustrate why Hammel’s work is so popular with those who have seen it:

We Have More Jerry Hammel Artwork at the Gallery Right Now

Photograph of gallery wall showing large number of Jerry Hammel's works
Hammel Exhibit

Featured Artist Madaline Janovec

Picture of Madeline Janovec in her garden.

Although Madaline Janovec passed away March 4, 2011, she is still one of Portland’s favorite artists. She left an indelible impression on everyone who knew her. This month, Village Frame & Gallery is featuring Madeline’s work in a special exhibit on display in the shop. Join is for First Friday, September 5th, or our Open House, September 6th to see Madeline’s work in person.

Artist’s Statement

Picture of Madeline Janovec in her garden.
Artist Madeline Janovec

I grew up near the ocean in Redondo Beach, California, but I fell in love with Oregon’s lush, green, wet, mossy scenery while on a trip with my parents at age 14. Oregon felt like heaven to me even at that young age. After studying art at California State University Northridge and California College of Art and Crafts in Oakland, I was finally able to move to Oregon in 1965 with my husband who had enrolled in Portland Museum Art School. I was pregnant at the time with my only child.

In 1973, I moved with my young daughter 40 miles northeast of Portland up the Washougal River drainage area in Washington State onto my family’s 80 acres of forest – 1200 feet above sea level. The location, fairly remote with very few people living nearby, provided lovely views of Mt. Hood and the Upper Washougal Canyon. Perhaps the beauty and the privacy of this space were contributing factors to the spiritual awakening I experienced while living there. My journey into the depths of self-awareness and discovery, allowed me to understand the oneness and connection of all things in life – a profound awareness that affected me deeply and has had a tremendous impact on my life.

Thirty-six years have passed since then and through the years I have come to understand that I have a very deep connection to the earth, and I often feel this connection has intensified with age. In looking back at my art over the years, I realize the birth of my only child and living in the forest (both very grounding experiences) had an enormous influence on the technique and subject matter of my work. My recent travels to Asia have strengthened my mystical connection to certain elements found in nature – rocks, soil, tree bark and moss, and my current work (drawings, paintings, prints and jewelry) seem to reflect this.

I have come to understand my life’s journey has always had a deep impact on my artwork, and looking back through the years, everything seems to make sense to me now.

Madeline’s Life Story

Learn more about her in The Oregonian article “Life Story: Madeline Janovec, a pioneer for women artists.”

Abstract painting by Madeline Janovec