Mezzanine Bar Featured Artist:
I find it hard to not be entirely seduced by the warm trade winds of Hawaii and the soft fragrance they carry of the many tropical
flowers on the islands. I have spent a lot of time in Hawaii - I consider it a second home to Oregon – and have family there. I
love absorbing the vibrant colors and beauty the islands have to offer, which has been a tremendous influence on my artistic
career. In Hawaii I have learned to see things, the way an artist sees things, really soaking in the beauty of my surroundings
and paying attention to the small details of the environment.
I work in a variety of different mediums such as charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, gelatin, ink, pastels and oil pastels. I even work in
woods and metals but it's painting that I enjoy the most. The bright colors and freedom I feel in painting enables me to
represent the tropical imagery toward which I gravitate.
The environment within each of my paintings has vibrant color that is meant to be eye-catching. It's very rare that I generate
something that is entirely dark. Most of what I create has a tropical base to it. I enjoy interpreting my ideas and memories, but
want viewers to find ideas and inspiration of their own, drafting off something that has personal meaning to me.
Heritage Room Featured Artist:
Gratitude. Humility. Generosity. Compassion. Authenticity. Levity. Alexandria Oesch uses the canvas as a vehicle to express her
philosophy of life. Nothing worth having comes easy, there are no shortcuts. Countless canvasses are painted and painted over
again in a pursuit to capture and articulate what is in her head and heart. For Alex, painting is more than an artistic endeavor. It
goes beyond a therapeutic exercise. Painting is as essential as breathing. For Alex, to live is to paint.
Nurtured throughout her life by the vast beauty and inherent wonder of the Pacific Northwest, Alex has always turned to nature
as source of inspiration. Nature provides a perspective like nothing else can. A shock to the core of our being, where things
begin to have order and make sense despite the chaos, and at times because of the chaos. To Alex, the beautiful and perfect
simplicity of nature is intoxicating. Her work is her labor to communicate that order.
After having children, Alexandria's relationship to art changed immensely. She found a patience and kindness towards herself
and her process that was formerly unattainable. This maturation created a space in her life where art could dwell in healthy
relationship with the rest of her identity. More than an end unto itself, art is the means by which Alex creates a common ground
on which people may reintegrate their very separate existence.