A painting is more than just a pigmented rendering on a cloth canvas in a frame to be viewed from a distance. Some works of art are created to be held in the hand and enjoyed in a more intimate way. The Oregonian Artist uses the small scale of rock paintings to create personal depictions of the varied Oregon landscape. From verdant forests to peaceful beaches, these miniature renderings are like portals to an idyllic escape.
One of The Oregonian Artist's most recent series is titled Quiet Pathways. Made of nine rock paintings, this project explores solitude, beauty, and sound through the portrayals of scenic locals. “Solitude, because you can enjoy walking a path in solitude to soak in the beauty around you,” The Oregonian Artist explains to My Modern Met. “Beauty, for there is beauty in a silent moment. And Sound, because the sound that comes from the breeze, or the burble of a stream can be quiet in its own way.”
The small scale of these paintings does not compromise the artist's level of detail. If you look closely at these landscapes, you will find reflections in the lake, beautiful dappled light on a trail, and careful modeling of foliage. “I truly enjoy creating these miniature works of art because I can just get lost in all the little details,” The Oregonian Artist continues. “I hope that my work can help others to see the beauty in the little details in their day-to-day life.”