I met Jef in 2016 when he built some custom shelving for me. Shortly after, I learned that he was an accomplished artist whom I shared many things in common with. After some time of getting to know Jef, he convinced me to utilize what the brilliant artists in Portland have to offer and start taking some classes-his class would be one of them. Jef has taught me so much about myself as an artist. He is not only a skilled artist and brilliant visionary, but he is also a mentor of mine.
"I’ve watched Susan paint in the big outdoors. It appears she goes at her canvas with a wide-open gestalt in mind. There are the hills, here’s the water. Trees over here and a few over there. Geese honking. Watercraft schooning along. Where’s the sun? She starts full force, holds nothing back. No hesitation when it needs a major change; she scrapes and makes her changes. Fearless.
She’ll fill four large canvases in an afternoon, heavy with paint. The compositions are bold and sensitive. Not sweet or meek, but recognizing the effort and worth of growing things and the living world. You can walk or row into their center. These paintings are alive."
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