Jason Waldron’s artistic journey is a story of personal growth and self-realization. He knew in college he wanted to be an artist. He just didn’t know in what medium. The Bend native was studying visual effects in Hollywood, but quickly realized he didn’t want to be a part of that industry. When he was given a piece of wood from a roadside sculptor in California, he soon realized that hands-on experience – interacting with the wood – was what he was looking for. So he moved back to Bend, the land of his roots and the landscape that inspires him. Jason shares his creative philosophy with OREGON ART BEAT and shows us the process behind not only sculpting with wood, but also, ice. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, February 9 at 8pm.

The environment is what Paula Fong knows best, and what she paints. In her previous career, Paula was an ecologist and soil scientist for the Forest Service and she occasionally used her talents to paint posters and trail signs. Then, about 15 years ago, she decided to make art her priority. Blending her love and knowledge of botany with painting is a natural way for this Talent artist to experience the best of both worlds.

Portland based Native-American artist Marie Watt is in the process of building a national career. Her sculptures, drawings, prints and large-scale installations have shown across the nation. A member of the Seneca Nation, she often uses blankets and blanket imagery in work that explores the everyday stories and connections we share as families, friends and communities. ART BEAT cameras followed Watt as she created her large installation piece, “Engine,” for the prestigious Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia for their show “New American Voices.” It was a collaborative process that spanned 3,000 miles.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook (facebook.com/OregonArtBeat). And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (opb.org/artsandlife), where new stories on the arts appear daily.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 13th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.

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