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Hometown Inspired creations: Portland, Oregon

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 WahkeenaWahclellaMultnomah, and Latourell

Clockwise, from top left – Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Wahclella Falls, and Latourell Falls

Staring into the roaring beauty that is Wahclella

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 FremontSteel, and my favorite – St Johns. And welcoming you to this wonderland is the famous Portland, Oregon White Stag sign! Such a beauty.

Hand-painted pdx bridge earrings, Clockwise from top left st johns 1, st johns 2, steel bridge blossoms, freemont bridge, steel bridge

White Stag Portland, Oregon sign in earrings, greeting card and giclee print

Another reason to celebrate living in the Pacific Northwest is the birds! I see them in the city, floating above me, crows cawingchickens 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.

ZP Paintings and Earrings, clockwise from top left: ode to a crow, finnegan falcon, crow earrings, crow portrait, glitter owls, steampunk rooster

Neighborhood Crow

Osprey soaring above Quarry Island

When I visit my favorite county, Skamania, on the Washington side of the Columbia River gorge I often see deer and elk, and once – a terrifying cougar.

The Bitter Elk cuff, daisy doe and buck earrings, and Cosmic Teal Elk earrings

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.

An assortment of my Mt Hood earrings

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

My Multnomah print, bicycle earrings, Ponderosa Pine earrings and Steel Bridge print

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!

Life on the edge at Spirit Falls overlook


Alaska, my first days 

This Coconut Pecan Bar was divine. It came from a The Bake Shop in Moose Pass on the way to Seward, Alaska. The photo accidentally posted to the top, but it was good enough that I’ll just leave it.

I have wanted to visit Alaska since I was just a little boy. Several years ago I met an amazing woman named Cullen on the streets of Seattle while she was visiting from Anchorage. For ages and ages she would suggest I visit and I could never make it happen…until now. I am presently on day 3 and have experienced so much astounding beauty. 

Not long after landing in Anchorage my friend shuttled me right to the gorgeous and easy-to-hike Thunderbird Falls, just north of the city. 

Franky enjoys a little excursion near the Flat Top and O’Malley Peaks Trails

Summit of Little O’Malley

Heaven on Earth at the top of Little O’Malley peak.

The saddle of O’Malley peak, high above Anchorage was, without a doubt my favorite spot that I visited.

This iconic shop held many wonders including priceless stories from Mary Lou

LOWELL POINT beach (below) was spectacular and filled with flat, jet black rocks tailor-made for skipping.

Lowell Point Beach Bald Eagle and Raven meet-up

The Seward Van Gilder is the oldest hotel in Alaska, believed by many to be haunted by the ghost of Fannie Guthrie-Baehm, murdered in room 2o1 in 1947.

The rapidly shrinking, but breath-taking Exit Glacier.

Simply had to wade into the glacial melt Resurrection River

The Pit Bar on the Seward Highway

Peeped this glorious rail bridge on the way home from the Kenai Fjords park

And now for the outtakes: