RR 2016 FEATURED ARTISTS
JEREMY OKAI DAVIS
Jeremy Okai-Davis has always been drawn to people. Often using old photographs as inspiration, he uses loose brush strokes and a vibrant palette to give each work a deep richness – taking an image and turning it into a work of art.
Brainstorming about rain lead Okai-Davis to the word “thirst.” This started him thinking about how the word has become a slang “for desperation or wanting” in certain circles. “The open mouth of some of the figures denote that. I hope that the viewer reads into them as they will and puts their own ideas into the work.”
Jeremy took the Recycled Rain Project as an opportunity to work on new ideas and experiment with his style. He has added found items to his work, using some remnant wood pieces to add depth as well as working with washes for his backgrounds. “I like how the water and acrylic paint kind of do what they will. It left a lot to chance and put me into a experimental mindset from the start.”
His 4 pieces are all portraits of African-American men. “I’ve been really interested in the lack of said figures on gallery walls so that was my starting point, as well as, the difficulty in photographing (shooting) black skin.” Okai-Davis has a larger project in mind using this series as a departure point, “this is me working out new ideas, we’ll see where it goes.”
Jeremy exhibits regularly in the Portland area. His 2015 solo show “Those Days Are Over” opened at Duplex Gallery to much acclaim. His work can also be found in publications such as American Songwriter and Artslandia.
Ink runs through artist Jenn Feeney’s veins. She comes from three generations of printers, so her childhood was spent around a commercial print shop founded by her great-grandfather and run by her parents.
There she was surrounded with reams of paper, and would spend hours drawing and making play money and flip books.
When Jenn joined the working world, she also ended up working in print. Jenn started her artistic career in 2006, while taking classes at The Drawing Studio. It was there she met William Park. After taking one of his monotype workshops, she was hooked.
Feeney often finds inspiration in nature and natural themes appear regularly in her work. In her series of monotypes for The Recycled Rain Project, Jennifer explores how water creates its own patterns, particularly in soil and rock deposits. This year Jennifer is working with water-based ink as well as oil-based… who says oil and water don’t mix?
Jenn has the honor of being the longest participating artist in the history of The Recycled Rain Project. She has created work for all five years of the show – including our very first show with only 9 people!
Jenn’s work can be seen at Bite Studio and at various shows around Portland. She is involved in many local artist groups including Siren Nation and The Portland Artists Social Guild. Feeney is also a painter, working in acrylics, watercolor and oil. She will be participating in Portland Open Studios this fall.
Jody Katopothis has always been a creator. As both an artist and musician Jody is constantly managingher creative flow. The relationship between these two expressions has become an integral part of her creative explorations. “They are fully intertwined,” says Katopothis “...they continuously evolve, informing & feeding each other.”
Jody’s inspiration for The Recycled Rain Project came upon learning that raindrops are not the “tear-drop” shape as we normally draw them, but instead start out as circles and then bend into a bean shape. “The idea that raindrops are born round really stood out to me” she says. This became the central theme for her new work. Although her sketchbooks are full of circles, they rarely made their way into paintings, until now. Rivers and bodies of water often feature in her work, but she leans toward square shapes and lines to interpret and express them.
Jody began her process for this project by using words and music as a starting point (a method she often uses). The paintings were then made using just rainwater to thin and mix paints and to clean up. Jody says “The process of collecting, storing and using the rain has been a nurturing experience for me. Harvesting this bountiful, natural element in order to create work, has deepened my feelings and awareness of mother nature and our environment.”
Jody’s work can be found locally at The Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery and at Imogen Gallery in Astoria. She has been a part the Sitka Art Invitational for the last 4 years and was featured on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat.
Karl Kaiser’s work is wonderfully precise. Perhaps it’s his past life as a machinist that has made his work so striking and detailed. His primary medium is encaustic: hot wax painting, using heated beeswax, resin and colored pigments. The wax allows Karl to carve into deep layers with metal tools that bring depth and complexity to his work.
Karl’s first medium was photography. He started in High School and continued until his graduation. 15 years later, after an inspirational trip to Europe, Karl picked up photography once more. While in Germany he visited his aunt – an artist who paints, works in clay, and prints. This connection was the starting point and rekindled his love of creating art. Upon his return, Karl took a photography class at PCC. He then continued his studies taking many drawing and painting classes shortly after. In 2006 Karl took an encaustic class and has been working with the medium ever since.
This is the second year Karl has participated in The Recycled Rain Project. Like many of our Featured Artists this year, he is using RR to experiment. To use water, Karl has once again returned to acrylic painting in his latest collection. Having thoroughly enjoying this return, he plans to paint more with acrylic in the future.
Karl’s work can be seen at Caplan Art Designs in Portland and at RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. His work was selected for the Cascade Aids Project Art Action and he will be a participating artist in Portland Open Studios this fall.
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Though at times it wasn’t always clear, Theresa Andreas-O’Leary has always been an artist. A native Oregonian, Theresa was raised in Garden Home & Milwaukie, suburbs of Portland.
In true artistic spirit, “Terrie” got an F in her senior art class not because of talent or lack thereof, but because her work was different than instructed.
In 1998 Theresa, her husband and four kids were living in the UK. Theresa volunteered to help with set design & painting for her daughter’s play. This was a first public project for her. The Director made a comment to her, “I didn’t know you were an artist,” and Theresa said, “Neither did I!” Her natural talents were apparent and her artistic spirit rose once more.
Theresa and her family moved back to the US in 2000 and she began showing her paintings in the Portland area. Since then, she has won numerous awards for her unique style; capturing the beauty of Oregon Wine Country with a twist of abstraction.
Always a clever one, Theresa’s paintings for The Recycled Rain Project are different than her regular landscapes. Her water inspiration; “the raining down of cherry blossom petals” We are excited that Theresa has once again used her artistic eyes to paint the world in her own beautiful way.
Theresa’s work can be seen at Art Elements Gallery in Newberg and DragonFire Gallery in Cannon Beach.
Nanette Wallace is a bad ass and isn’t afraid to show it. She started off getting her BFA in Printmaking and Drawing at Oregon State University – from there she was always on the move; designing, printing and throwing elbows. Wallace describes herself as an artist, printmaker, designer, speed skater and retired roller derby athlete.
Growing up in rural Oregon, Nanette spent many hours at a meandering creek that ran through the family farm “I absolutely loved being in and around water no matter the season.”
Nanette took the challenge of using rain water to heart, both technically and thematically. Her works are inspired by vintage photos of figures in the rain or in/around water. Nanette normally prints and paints using oil-based inks. For the last two years she had a set of water-based printmaking ink sitting in a box, unopened. “I just loathe using solvents and knew using water-based inks could really be a great thing for me.”
“When I was invited to be in The Recycled Rain Project, I decided to take the leap and use those water-based inks.” The experience was quite challenging at first, but the more Nanette used water-based inks the more enamored she became with their qualities.
Nanette has shown work at Verum Ultimum in Portland and she recently had a solo monotype and painting show at Milwaukie City Hall, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Wallace is a member of William Park’s studio. She will be once again participating in Portland Open Studios this fall.
RR 2016 RETURNING VETERANS
RR2016 is excitied to have these past Recycled Rain Project artists back again this year!
Jessica Brackett, Betsy Bustamonte, Davey Cadaver, Julie Costello, Kindra Crick, Nicole Curcio, Nate Ethington, Carrie Goolsby, Chantel Greene, Chris Haberman, Kristen Hamilton, Leah Hugon, Breanna Moran, Thérèse Murdza, Jesse Nearns, Dan Ness, Spike Palmer, Hilary Pfeifer, Di Pinsonault, Matthew Poindexter, Amy Ponteri, Janet Rothermel, Linda Dalal Sawaya, Sara Sjol, Quin Sweetman, Shu-Ju Wang, Karen Wippich, Jon Wippich, Rio Wrenn.
NEW GALLERY SPACE
The Fifth Recycled Rain Project Opening will take place June 04, 2016 6-10PM
Ford Gallery | 2505 SE 11th Ave. Portland OR, 97202
The Fifth Annual Recycled Rain Project we will be at our new home in The Ford Gallery within the Ford Building in SE Portland. The Ford Building was built in 1914 by the Ford Motor Company as an assembly and distribution plant for its famous Model-T. It's seen many uses in its life and is currently home to an array of creative offices, retail stores, and artists studios in addition to Ford Food + Drink, The Factory, Duchess Clothier, Vinnies @ The Ford, Blaq Paks and Pinterest. Two of our Recycled Rainers, Thérèse Murdza and Janet Rothermel, have studios in the building.
We are always looking for members of the community to be a part of RR. Artists, volunteers and helpers of all kinds are always appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can be part of the project!
The Recycled Rain Project is a 501(C) Non-profit registered in the State of Oregon.