The Gresham Art Committee

From Left: Guest Katherine Toft, Members Kaitie Sekely, Jonathan Scott, Barbara Solomon, Preston Boyd, Debra Dunlop.  

Not shown: Members Leo Hartshorn, Lauren Jenkins..

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Featured Member - Preston Boyd

"Art, in order to be Art, cannot exist in isolation. (Art), in order to breathe, must provoke an interaction, a participation between the work, the artist, and the viewer. My current work began as a single portrait in which I wanted to capture her beauty as well as convey a sense of loss. Inspiration, however, is a strange mysterious spirit and what began as a single painting has become a ongoing painted love letter to someone who will never be able to see it...not the kind written in the excited fluttering dawn of a relationship but rather one written as the frost breaks near a cozy fire after having together endured a long harsh dark winter." -Preston Van Boyd

"And if I attempt to speak of him purely, as a soul, I shall only end up painting my own emotions." -Frida Kahlo

Preston Van Boyd was born into Art and has pursued a lifelong practice of the craft, working primarily in oils, charcoal and soft pastels. His work is grounded by a strong background in the history and craftsmanship of art. He resides in Portland, OR with his wife, 3 of their 4 children, a guide dog and a guinea pig. His paintings are regularly exhibited throughout the PNW and NW Canada.

"To harmonize the whole is the task of art." -Wassily Kandinsky 

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