Translating the Terrain:: Three Oregon Landscape Painters, Randall David Tipton, Jon Jay Cruson & Robert Schlegel

Randall David Tipton, Theater of Trees, oil on panel, 12x12

Randall David Tipton, Theater of Trees, oil on panel, 12x12

October 4th- 29th
Artist Reception October 4th 5-8 pm

In October we bring you Randall David Tipton, Jon Jay Cruson and Robert Schlegel, three painters who make it their mission to breakdown the terrain around us into shapes, colors and marks, expressing distinctly personal visions.

Portland painter, Randall David Tipton‘s work derives from direct observation of the locations he frequents; the forests, creeks and wetlands near his home in the Pacific Northwest. With minimal use of drawing and photography references he constructs a framework upon which to improvise. He paints the elements of the landscape through inventive, painterly means and arrives at the end with something true to the subject. To emphasize aspects of the scene which move him, he will often use distortion, radical simplification, and heightened color. The resulting landscape is more about the experience than the physicality of place. Memory is primary in this exploratory process.

Jon Jay Cruson, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 30x30

Jon Jay Cruson is a true West Coast artist. His paintings, stylized shapes, patterns and colors, are the result of much time spent studying the Pacific Northwestern landscape.  His style is unsullied by trends or fashions. While remaining representational, his paintings tend toward the abstract, a double pull that is one source of the creative tension in his work. His work is included in countless permanent collections including Portland Art Museum, University of Oregon Museum of Art and The Victoria Albert Museum, London, England. Jon lives in Eugene, OR.

Robert Schlegel, Outbuildings with Green, acrylic on canvas, 30x30

Robert Schlegel of Banks, Oregon creates images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract. He paints in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and takes reference photographs as necessary. Drawing is the foundation for his work, he is tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field. Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition he explores form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.