Rolling River Spirits | Portland, OR | March 2015
Join us this Friday March 6th, for First Friday – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk. Our First Friday hours are 4:30 – 8 PM. Opening reception for John Gamboa, our artist of the month, (profiled below). Come sample our gin, vodka, aquavit and coffee vodka and enjoy the artwork.
Friday: 4:30 pm – 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Weekdays by appointment. To schedule, please call Joan at 503-236-3912.
1 ½ oz. Rolling River Spirits Vodka
Artist’s Statement: The Organic/Vortex series
The Spirit of the Work: This series of paintings represents years of developing not only a personal style, but a new technique for creating a sustainable series of exciting paintings. Although I am usually alone when I paint, I only create these pieces when I am in a performer’s state of mind; these pieces are the result of physical activity that is focused, intense and emotionally vulnerable, as I feel either thrills or frustration with them as they are transformed from molten chaos into radiant order.
I use the term “Organic” for any of my images that neither represent nor are abstracted from some real subject, but are entire compositions that grow spontaneously and innocently of themselves.
The term “Vortex” refers specifically to my organic pieces created by cutting spiral patterns into thick oil paint.
As an ex-musician (a drummer), I especially enjoy exploring basic patterns made by repetition and the more complex interference patterns created as different basic patterns merge. I admire natural systems that repeat simple steps toward astonishing complexity.