Modera Buckman Apartments Commission

SCOPE OF WORK:  The design of the new, luxury apartment building, Modera Buckman, is…modern, or course. To match the modern, urban feel, the client needed some contemporary artwork to coordinate and compliment it, but also to create a sense of place and community to make the place feel like home.

RESULTS:  I worked closely with the art consultant, Heidi McBride, to create something brand new. She wanted a connection to the community, but wanted something organic, street level, and more personal. The clients didn’t want major landmarks , but something more aimed at daily life in Portland. It was a joy to go back into my photography and pull out imagery of urban elements that are just part of daily life…and then I was inspired to walk the SE Portland neighborhoods were Modera Buckman is located and capture more imagery. As I pulled a series of images together of objects, signs, buildings, pets, cars, bicycles, etc….I formed a collage that definitely had a feel of walking through a Portland neighborhood. We wanted an organic look, so I dug deep into my fine art paper collection and started experimenting combining paper collage with my urban imagery. It was a great fit adding color and texture. This was a wonderful experience to combine my photography with a handmade application.

SIZE/MEDIUM: Two panels were produced. Each are 8 x 4 feet with a 2″ depth.

Prineville, Oregon Installation

SCOPE OF WORK:  A social media technology company is building a new office in Prineville, Oregon – an amazing small down in central Oregon. This company wanted to pay homage to the local area. Each art piece placed in this building reflects the area’s nature, culture, industries, and history. They wanted me to create a single scene of the area that was a summation of these elements to be placed in the main hall way entrance of the building. More information to come when the doors open in 2020!

RESULTS: I researched Prineville thoroughly and had a couple key conversations with the client about what they specifically wanted to highlight in this piece both before and after I photographed the area. I stayed in Prineville for a number of days capturing it all with my camera. While I was there, I met people that lived there (enjoyed the wonderful diners there), and visited the historic museum to enrich my knowledge of the area. There are amazing natural landmarks near by: Smith Rock to the West, Prineville Reservoir South of town, then Stein Pillar and the Painted Hills East of Prineville. I photographed them all, the amazing Crooked River, and everything in between. The town, resting beneath a number of majestic plateaus, has a wonderful history where they proudly built their own railroad (without State assistance) to stay relevant during the building of the railroad system in Oregon. I edited my photos down to the best of my tour and created a scene that represented the full area East to West with the majestic Court House in the middle. I endeavored to show the historic charm of the area…so many buildings from different areas are preserved and still in use really making it a special historic town. 

SIZE/MEDIUM: 6 feet high x 25 feet wide x 2”deep / Digitally Printed Dibond

Oregon City's 175th Anniversary Art Print

SCOPE OF WORK:   Oregon City, Oregon, founded in 1844, celebrates its incorporation this year, in 2019. This anniversary is especially significant since Oregon City was the first city to incorporate west of the Rocky Mountains! At the end of the Oregon Trail, Oregon City is nestled along the Willamette River, just south of Portland. Here, stewardship of historic buildings and caretaking the environment are high priorities. Naturally, I was honored when the Downtown Oregon City Association invited me to create an illustration to commemorate their 175th Anniversary! The print they envisioned, later titled “Cheers to 175 Years!”, would showcase the city’s iconic landmarks and natural beauty, paying tribute to the past and welcoming the future. It would be produced as a limited edition available only to those participating in the “Seek & Find” downtown celebration.. 

RESULTS:  I toured the Oregon City area, capturing hundreds of images from which to work. I rode the Elevator (you can see the whole town from the top!). I captured the gentle curve of the Arch Bridge, the historic Courthouse and Masonic Building, the McLoughlin House… I photographed the Willamette Falls and Singer Falls - all the while, the falls’ mist spraying my camera lens! I discovered lesser features, too, like the “Blooming” streetlamp art and the Downtown Association’s plaque for being recently awarded a “Great American Main Street”. I worked with my clients on composition, showcasing the features they felt were most relevant. Finally, I designed and produced 100 12”x16” archival prints, to be made available to the public only during Oregon City’s 2019 “Seek & Find” event. 

For details on the locations for the Seek & Find event, visit their Facebook page:

This quick video shows my process making the Oregon City 175th Anniversary art print and introduces the "Seal & Find" event.

Unipiper Hazy IPA Beer Bottle

SCOPE OF WORK:  I am honored to join forces with Portland Brewing and Portland’s favorite icon, The Unipiper, to design 22oz limited-edition beer bottle labels for the release of a new collaborative beer - Unipiper Hazy IPA. A percentage of sales from Unipiper Hazy IPA will support The Unipiper’s new non-profit, Weird Portland United (WPU), an organization designed to preserve the unique spirit of Portland. For the beer label The Unipiper (Brian Kidd) and Portland Brewing wanted to capture the city’s “Keep Portland Weird” reputation while highlighting their beer collaboration. It was key to communicate all these important aspects of this project on this single label, and that is where my photomontage style really shines.

RESULTS: We did a photoshoot with The Unipiper in order to get his steampunk look captured and to do a few shots with a beer in hand. With the illustration, I incorporated the Portland skyline and the streetcar to provide a strong sense of place. On the front, he is cycling past the Portland Brewing Co. building—past Brewery’s beer tank and signature kettles showing their collaboration. To enhance the “Keep Portland Weird” spirit, I added a well known art car that is often seen around town. Then, I rounded off the right side with roses to pay homage to the city’s nickname, The Rose City. 

On the back, he toasts us all—Cheers!—at his favorite spot in town, the Burnside Bridge. And the Unipiper does all of this while sporting a t-shirt from his new foundation, Weird Portland United.

In addition to beer labels, I have also designed a limited-run print, This Beer Keeps Portland Weird. A percentage of print sales will also help support the non-profit.

The whole project got an awesome News spot on KGW News here in Portland! Check it out

Cadence Apartments Murals

SCOPE OF WORK: ConAm Management developed Cadence Apartments, a complex committed to providing contemporary housing for community-minded residents. The building sits on one of Portland’s major bikeways and seeks to celebrate the culture of Portland’s past and present through a series of unique amenities. Keeping passing commuters in mind, the interior designers wanted to incorporate artwork onto the building that celebrates Portland’s allure while maintaining a home-like quality that would attract residents of all kinds. 

RESULTS: I worked directly with the client and their interior design team to brainstorm concepts that would highlight the relationship between Cadence and Portland. Three of my images were chosen to be hand-painted as murals on the inside and outside of the building, integrating a custom orange into my work to match the accent color of the building. “Watching Over Portland” is featured prominently across the entrance to the parking garage, facing N. Vancouver Ave. so that passing cyclists can break the routine during their commute. The other two murals are located inside the parking garage, on the sides of the elevator vestibule. Here, various Portland landmarks welcome residents home. I teamed up with muralist, Caleb Jay Maltsberger, to implement these three hand-painted murals. With his specific expertise, we were able to successfully transfer my fine, detailed scenes onto the walls.

Cadence Mural Time-lapse - Watching Over Portland

This is a time-lapse video of the outdoor mural I did with Caleb Jay Maltsberger for Cadence Apartments. To see video of our other Cadence murals, check them out on my YouTube Channel >

Heathman Hotel – Portland, Oregon - 2015

SCOPE OF WORK:  To create a photo-illustration of the Heathman Hotel reflecting the unique culture of the hotel and showing it in the context of it’s community in downtown Portland.

RESULTS:  With a wonderful tour and a luxurious one night’s stay, I learned about the features of the Heathman Hotel: Did you know they have signature suites decorated by themes such as the Oregon Symphony Orchestra (inspired by their neighbor, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall), the Andy Warhol Suite, the Portland Center Stage Suite (theatre), and more? Did you know they have famous authors stay with them while they give talks at Powell’s City of Books, AND they have a library of signed books by these famous authors available to guests? Did you know the gorgeous Tea Court Lounge has an amazing chandelier, a grand piano, and an amazing Russian Tea Service (all under said chandelier)? Even as a local, I didn’t either…I incorporated as much as I could into one succinct scene to reflect all these fabulous features and the Heathman’s prime downtown location.

FINAL ARTWORK:  My unique style was perfect for this special, culture-focused hotel. This commission required multiple images to capture the uniqueness of this hotel! We came up with three final postcards. It worked so well for them, they wanted one colorized with a festive theme as a holiday card for 2015. Then a series of archival pigment prints were made for employee awards and corporate gifts.