David Andersen was born in Sacramento, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in ceramics from the University of California, Davis, CA., and an MFA from the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. His art was always socially charged - a stream of consciousness narrative where he told a story by combining loosely related ideas, components and language. His pieces are both familiar/ambiguous, humorous/serious. His intent was to create work that moved viewers to question, ponder and sometimes chuckle. David passed away in Salem, OR, in 2017.
Melanie Weston was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a BFA from Cornish College, Seattle, WA and a MFA from the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. She worked at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon for 12 years before opening the gallery Salem on the Edge. Weston’s mixed media work is about story telling with imagery and words. One cannot exist without the other. She has always worked in an intuitive manner putting her emotions on paper.
Elizabeth Bauman grew up in Salem, Oregon. She attended high school in Massachusetts, returned to Willamette University for a degree in art, and now resides in Keizer with her husband, daughter, and numerous pets. Primarily a painter, Elizabeth's work is continually evolving as her primary focus is on the elements of composition and a love of color in her paintings. Flowers, both as a strong sculptural element as well as being beautifully evocative, are frequently found in her work.
Sarah Sedwick was born in Cleveland, and has lived in Eugene, Oregon since 2007. In 2001, she earned a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied illustration, painting, and art history. A dedicated teacher, Sarah conducts workshops on both still life and portrait painting around the US and Europe. Her paintings on view at Salem on the Edge are a part of an exploration of the way we create meaning with the objects that surround us. All are painted from life - from direct observation of a still life created and lit in the artist's studio.
Joshua Blue was born and academically educated in North Carolina; studying sculpture, installation, painting and photography. After academia, he relocated to the West Coast and settled in Salem, Oregon where he lives and works today. Blue’s work deploys techniques from Abstract Expressionism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and Pop Art; proposing to leave the viewer a visual record of action. His work seeks to draw the audience into a state of inquisitiveness, challenging perceptions of foreground and background, at times leaving behind found objects meant to carry that curiosity out of the painting and into life.
Dayna Collins is an energetic and enthusiastic abstract painter. She loves experimenting with texture, layers, and color, likening her paintings to going on an archaeological dig. Dayna is also a mixed media artist and an avid collector/junker, energized by hunting for materials to use in her found object assemblage art or in her Salvage Collages. She hyperventilates when she discovers a rusty piece of metal or a tattered, disintegrating book. Dayna uses these tired, worn out objects to create vignettes that tell a new story.
Susan Napack received her MFA from Pratt Institute, NY, NY, and her BFA from Philadelphia College Of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an artist, designer and jewelry maker who recently transplanted from the suburbs of New York City to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Susan’s work springs from a fascination with the mysteries of the natural world which she explores, mostly in the abstract, using materials and processes that range from found objects, drawing, digital printing, to stitchery, and sometimes all of them combined.
Aron Michael Johnston is an oil painter working in the traditional style of realism. When creating an oil painting Aron’s ultimate goal is to reveal the beauty in his chosen subject, be it a seemingly mundane still life, a fiery sunset, or the visage of a portrait subject. With an eye for detail and a dedication to fine craftsmanship Aron creates memorable pieces that speak to the beauty of the everyday as well as the challenges facing contemporary society.
Stephanie Brockway has been making art since 1978. Stephanie is a self taught primitive style modern folk artist. To quote Stephanie “I rely on brute intuition, to hone my craft.” She makes her pieces by collecting salvaged wood & antique pieces from around the Portland area. “I hope to surprise and amuse with the materials I use.” The faces, once carved, seem to come to life with personalities and charm. She explains that wood as a medium to both carve and paint, has energy that comes from it once being a living source. Its unique quality and character bring depth to her one of a kind pieces.
Rebecca Mannheimer graduated from PNCA with a BFA degree in painting and drawing. She now lives in Eugene where she paints in her home studio with a view of the Coburg Hills. The content of her work is about a narrative. A narrative that comes from a personal history that she explores and redefines as she moves onto the next body of work. Some of her most recent work focuses on rich abstractions in acrylic on canvas, with a subtle reference to the Willamette Valley and the hills of Portland. Rebecca defines her work as an internal landscape, with the belief that 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. She uses symbols and metaphors to convey the ideas behind her pieces, taking from a collection of objects and shapes that come from a personal reference or experience.
Shoki Tanabe was born in Tokyo and, at four months old, was brought to Salem by his parents, and in Salem he grew and learned and ran in the rain and the sun. He received his undergraduate degree in painting and writing from Willamette University in 2008. His interest in art developed at a young age when he began flipping through various art books of his mother’s, who majored in Art History at the same university. His work tends towards the allegorical in content, while experimenting with color, layering, and texture to convey form.
Katia was born and raised in Russia, came to the United States in 2008 and lives in Lincoln City, Oregon. She showed a keen interest in visual arts and started drawing and painting at an early age. Though primarily self-taught, she has participated in various workshops led by prominent painters. She takes a direct approach to painting and leans toward the abstract. Katia pursues her painting with zest, boldness, passion and sincerity. Her paintings are full of color, shape, light and energy. Katia believes that saying less is more powerful.
Seth Allen is a painter and actor. Originally from California, he now makes Salem, Oregon his home. He is a self described "actor who writes", directs, produces, and paints! When you view his large-scale abstract paintings, you fall into the colors and find imagery that you may not have seen at first glance. His painting style is just what we need to rest our eyes upon in this complicated world. I asked him what he liked to do best “I need them all. I feel like each process serves a purpose and supports the others.”
Bonnie Hull was raised in suburban Chicago, IL, attended Michigan State University and arrived in Salem, OR in 1971. She is a painter, a preservationist, a gardener, and a quilter. Bonnie has filled over 50 sketchbooks with her daily drawings. Her work ranges from exquisite quilts to encaustic and acrylic paintings on birch board and paper. She enjoys experimenting with new ideas and techniques. Her artwork is always growing and changing which means it stays new and fresh.
Christopher St. John’s artistic practice is aligned in support of positive stewardship of the biosphere we share with all life on this unique planet. His work as an artist encompasses painting, drawing, and ceramics with a focus on animals and ecology. Christopher was born in North Carolina and calls Eugene, OR home. He attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he earned a BFA in painting. He has been active as a professional artist for 19 years.
Nora Sherwood was born in Cali, Columbia to American parents and moved to Oregon in 2012. Nora is a science illustrator. Nora received her Natural Science certificate from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 2014. She mainly uses watercolor, her primary medium, but also uses colored pencils, pen and ink. Her intricate details, patterns and layering of watercolor take one into nature. Her goal is to portray the natural beauty of the world and to motivate people toward stewardship of this lovely planet we call home.
Monte was born and raised in Salem. She received her B.S. at Western Oregon State University, Monmouth, Oregon and her M.F.A. at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. “My painting represents a paradox in light and shadow, fire and water, cold and hot, life and death. I am concerned with energies that illuminate and emanate in the natural world. My imagery is a fusion of observation and imagination. The light in the paintings represents energy that emanates out from the center of the canvas. Light and energy are the ground in my painting.
Sarah was born and raised in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She has been a resident of Eugene, Oregon, for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Fine Art. Sarah is primarily an oil painter working in a highly detailed, classical realist style, with a focus on still life painting. The interaction and relationship between humankind and the natural world is an ongoing theme in her works and she often chooses non-traditional, curious, and unexpected subjects for her paintings.
Shellie lives and works in Portland Oregon. She is a self-taught artist who works with acrylics and mixed media. Her light hearted abstractions are an interplay of line, color and expressive mark making, often with collage elements adding dimension to the interesting surface texture.
“I paint intuitively and spontaneously, using built up and obscured layers to convey a sense of mystery, curiosity and imperfection.”
Deborah was raised in Minnesota, and moved to Salem in 2020. She has a degree in graphic design, but is also a painter. Deborah is constantly challenging herself to experiment with new techniques and materials. Her surrealist portraits are inspired by nature, fashion, color, detailed patterns, and graphic design.
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