OCTOBER 2 – 30, 2023

Two principle subjects have engaged me over the years: the landscape and the figure. I do not maintain a single cohesive style but prefer to allow each piece to dictate my response. Being a working artist born and raised in the Pacific Northwest I draw from the nature surrounding me. My paintings start from photos, sketches and memories. Change is an influential aspect of my painting.

Each piece alters from its original colors, composition and emotions, flowing through change and resulting in multiple layers to its final creation. Bit by bit, layer by layer, my paintings take on their own personal expressions. I feel most alive when I create. My senses respond and I feel pulled into something larger, something greater than myself. I leave the creation of pretty paintings for others, as painting for me is a balance of randomness and chance, versus the need to organize and resolve. I am captivated by the act of creating and the unpredictability of where each painting will take me.

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The Salem Art Association is offering several categories as part of the 2024 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. This residency offers a dedicated studio space for artist(s) to experiment and create new work.

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About: Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

The Salem Art Association’s Community Arts Education program hosts an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program in the Annex. This program aims to serve artists by providing a flexible space for artistic development and experimentation.

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AIR studio space is located in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. Completely renovated in 2016, the studio is geared primarily toward printmaking but can accommodate artists working in a variety of media. Separated from the studio by two, large sliding doors (which can be left open to encourage public interaction while working), is a large gallery which is made available for the AIR to display their process and/or finished work, or host workshops, lectures, etc.

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Please feel free to contact Kathleen Dinges Rice, Artists Resources and Outreach Director, at anytime with questions. She can be reached at 503-581-2228 x312 or

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