Lake Oswego Reads "Rise of the Rocket Girls"

This year's book pick for the award winning Lake Oswego Reads program is Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt.

Pinnacle 14"x11" Acrylic

Pinnacle
14"x11" Acrylic

My acrylic painting, Pinnacle, depicts a partial image of Saturn surrounded by handwritten formulas floating in deep space and is bordered in white. This piece represents the Jet Propulsion Lab’s achievements after many trials and failures. The success of the Voyager spacecraft was considered the pinnacle of their careers and the launching pad for future space exploration. I was inspired by the ingenuity of using cameras on board to take photos and send the fascinating images back to earth. This could not be possible without the efforts and perseverance of these impressive women.

The silvery handwritten formulas floating around in space are actual jet propulsion equations given to me by my brother, an ambitious aerospace engineer who received all the math genes in our family. The formulas are painted using “interference paints” that change color when applied to a dark surface depending on the direction they are viewed from. Perfect for a space painting!

The white border symbolizes purity, birth, simplicity, precision and youth. These characteristics describe the “human computers” whose committment, passion and love of their work might inspire and encourage all women in life’s pursuits.

Lake Oswego Reads "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"

Since 2010 I have participated in "Lake Oswego Reads." It gives me the opportunity to meet many esteemed novelists and is my favorite annual local artists event.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

The Interpreter
14"x11" Acrylic

Alexander Upshaw was described as loyal, intelligent, hard working, married to a white woman, disrespected, and "perfectly educated and absolutely uncivilized." This portrait was inspired by the physical duality he struggled with in his short lifetime. Educated and versed in English he traditionally wore white man's clothing as he fought for his tribe's survival against the opposing efforts to rid the native populations of their customary lives. His untimely death in a prison cell at the age of 38 devastated Curtis in late 1909.