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Seaside Jazz & Blues Festival

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Recently, I was commissioned to create a drawing of the late Kyle Rieger for the first annual Seaside Jazz & Blues Festival, which is a benefit for the Kyle Rieger Memorial Scholarship fund. Kyle was an award winning composer, director, and a beloved band director in the Seaside schools, who tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2022. The original drawing was presented to Kyle’s parents, who were in town for the event. Presenting them with the drawing of their son was an emotional moment, and I was honored to be a part of the ceremony.


Mt. Tabor Art Walk 2024


May 18-19, 10-5pm

I’m excited to be participating once again in the Mt. Tabor Art Walk! This is a wonderful neighborhood art studio tour, with many of the artists studios within walking distance. My location is at Realty Trust on Hawthorne, close to Mt. Tabor at 5015 SE Hawthorne. I’ll have new paintings and drawings for you to see, and I will be working on a new painting all weekend! May 18-19, 10-5pm both days. More information at I hope to see you there!

David Leiken Retirement Portrait


It was an honor to create this painting commemorating David Leiken’s 52 year career in Portland. From the Paramount to the Roseland, Double Tee and Fastixx, and all the bands from Pleasure to Taxxi, Bonnie Raitt and Curtis Salgado – David Leiken did it all. David founded Double Tee Concerts in 1972, and produced the largest concert event in Oregon history at Autzen Stadium in 1994. He managed the Paramount Theater and the Roseland Theater in Portland, along with founding Double Tee and Fastixx. He also managed numerous artists including Pleasure, Nu Shooz, Shock, Sequel, and Lilla. Thank you to Terry Currier and Bob Ancheta for commissioning me to create this piece of Portland history!

More photos from David Leiken’s retirement party at Oregon Music News,


My mom, Victoria

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VICTORIA S. RUSSELL September 2, 1928 – August 29, 2022

My mom, Victoria, passed away on August 29th, just four days before her 94th birthday.  She was a wonderful artist, and specialized in portraiture, still life, and creating whimsical characters and subjects, both from life and from her imagination. She loved all of the arts, including dance, music, theater, and literature, and she shared that love with her family and friends. Mom found beauty everywhere, and will be remembered as a woman of grace, kindness, and generosity. Her artwork has been archived on her website for everyone to see at I love you, mom, and I’m forever grateful for the gift of art that you gave me.

Yehi zichra baruch “May her memory be a blessing”

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival (past event)

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After three long years, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival has returned, and I’m thrilled to be participating in this amazing festival again!  Headliners include Diane Schuur, Poncho Sanchez, and The Yellowjackets!  For more information and tickets, visit


Oil Painters of America – Spring Show – 1st Place!


I am thrilled that Covid Blues has received the First Place Award from the Oil Painters of America’s Spring Online Show! Visit the Oil Painters of America website to see all of the award winning artwork: Prints of this painting are available! To read about the painting or to purchase prints, visit

NY Figurative Show – Certificate of Merit!


I am very honored to have received the Certificate of Merit Award at the prestigious NY Figurative Show at the Salmagundi Club in NYC! The show was held in January 2022, and even though I wasn’t able to travel to the reception, my painting traveled there! Below are the photos from the beautiful space that it was hanging in. For more information on the show and to see all the award winning artwork, visit the Salmagundi website:
To read about the painting or to purchase a print, visit my painting page:

Portrait Society of America 2021 Finalist!


I’m thrilled that my painting “Covid Blues” has been selected as a finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition in the “Outside the Box” category! This is the second year in a row that I’ve had a painting place as a finalist in this national competition, and it’s the 4th award for “Covid Blues”! The 60 winners in this category can be seen on the Portrait Society’s Facebook page, and it’s an honor to be included with all of these amazing artists!

Prints of “Covid Blues” are available!

Portland Open Studios 2021 (Past Event)


I’m so happy to be participating in the 2021 Portland Open Studios tour again this year, along with over 100 other artists around the Portland Metro area.  It will be in person this year, October 9,10,16 & 17! Masks will be required for entry, and will be provided at the door. This is always a great opportunity to see where artists work and to interact with the artists!  As in the past, I will be working on a new painting during the tour. My studio is #65 on the tour, and all of the studio addresses are available at the Portland Open Studios website, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone the weekends of October 9-10 & 16-17!