Liana III


It’s always a great feeling to start off the New Year with a new portrait painting. This year is especially meaningful to me, because before I started this painting in early December, I hadn’t painted in almost a year. As an artist, that long absence from painting can make one feel very hesitant to bring out the brushes and canvas again. There’s the feeling of being out of practice, and even worse… fear of not being able to paint anything at all! Well, I got out my brushes, relished in the familiar smells of the oil paints as I mixed my palette, and took a deep breath and started to paint. Trusting that all my years of painting experience had not disappeared, I began the process of building my painting. I paint in layers, and for the first time I’ve documented this process in a slideshow. I’m still not quite finished, but it’s mostly there. I’m going to set it aside for awhile, and then see if there’s anything else it needs…

(Past Event) Mittleman Jewish Community Center


JANUARY 12–16 2015



6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR

My portraits of jazz musicians will be on display in the MJCC lobby during the week of January 12-16, in conjunction with George Fendel’s Jews in Jazz workshop and concert on Thursday January 15. The free concert, offered at 1:20 and repeating at 7pm, will feature music from famous Jewish jazz musicians presented by George Fendel, a local jazz pianist and radio DJ. I will be working on a new pencil portrait in the lobby during George’s presentations.