I first moved to Portland, Oregon after a messy breakup almost ten years ago. I healed, but I was not dialed in and did not enjoy the city as much as I should have. I settled in stumptown for good 6 years ago after a brief re-visit of NYC. This time around I fell in love, with a man and with this fair city. One of the biggest reasons I love it here is because I have hiking buddies and I get to see beautiful waterfalls regularly like Wahkeena, Wahclella, Multnomah, and Latourell.
I also like the look of my current hometown, with gorgeous glass and concrete structures against the backdrop of lush Forest Park and alive with beautiful bridges like Fremont, Steel, and my favorite – St Johns. And welcoming you to this wonderland is the famous Portland, Oregon White Stag sign! Such a beauty.
Another reason to celebrate living in the Pacific Northwest is the birds! I see them in the city, floating above me, crows cawing, chickens clucking in neighboring yards, I see them in Forest Park at the Audobon Society, I see owls and auks and gulls and eagles and osprey and hawks on my hikes, and I see them as paintings and earrings and cuffs in my workstation at least once a week. That vile show that has contributed to messing with the vibe here in Portland joked about putting birds on things and I willingly live up to the silly stereotype.
I would be a fool if I didn’t mention the crown jewel of Portland, Mt Hood! The mountain is ever-present looming behind the city to the east, inspiring and beckoning all who see it’s granduer. One of my favorite views of the mountain is from Mirror Lake, a popular hike in my area.
Honorable mention goes out to the vibrant bike culture of Portland. And also the trees. My two favorite trees here are the Douglas Fir and the Ponderosa Pine! These things I have mentioned and many, many more keep me inspired and creations based on them take up permanent residence in my Etsy shop.
Who knows where my adventures will take me this year? I know the area still has gems to reveal and with my new hiking buddies and my dearest, frequent hiking companion Seasons ready to discover them with me I am sure to be inspired to create all year long. Stay tuned!
I have been a wee bit obsessed with She-Ra and the Great Rebellion since I was a little boy. My grandfather worked for Mattel and I would get all the new He-Man and Hot Wheels toys as soon as they came out. My cousin Jennifer would get the She-Ra figures and I burned with jealousy. My parents took notice of this building rage and decided to get me every figure made in the Princess of Power line one sweet Christmas. With each package opened my joy would expand and explode all over the place. I might have sequestered myself into my loft bedroom for many days in a row acting out scenes of Frosta playing house with Panthro and Glimmer shacking up with Fisto. (Lucky ladies)
Years later and I find myself still obsessed, but not just with the toys. I get to do the grown up thing now and paint them!
Here are but a few examples of pieces I have made. Keep in mind I take custom requests and can make you your very own favorite childhood hero/heroine piece at any time!
Email me through my site if you are interested!
Grayskull Group Text with She-Ra and Catra
It appears that I like unicorns. You can get the She-Ra, My Little Pony and the Last Unicorn earrings over at QuevaJewelry and the baubles and paintings are available at ZacharyPryor. Have a glorious, magical night!