I’m really looking forward to seeing a friend and mentor, James Kirk, on this Thursday, September 29 from 2-4 pm. His stunning show “Face Forward” will open at the North View Gallery, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus (CT Building) at 12000 SW 49th Ave., Portland OR. I hope you can see the show, which runs September 29 – October 28, 2011. For more information, hours and a map visit: www.pcc.edu/about/galleries/sylvania.
Kirk, as he’s known to his friends and former students, is supremely talented at capturing the human form. I’m honored and humbled to have been asked to pose for him for a painting that will hang in this exhibition. As an emeritus professor of Oregon State University and Western Oregon University, Kirk has influenced many, many artists and teachers of art over the years, including me! This exhibit was organized by another former student of Kirk’s, gallery director Mark Smith. I spoke to Kirk today to ask permission to reproduce the above painting and he told me that there were 100 paintings in this show! The work ethic of this man is inspiring. Kirk’s teaching had a huge impact on my work when I first started painting, and he continues to inspire and encourage me. I’m fortunate to call him ‘Dad’ and friend. I can’t wait to see how my portrait looks UPDATE: More photos :)