James Lee Hansen defines the look of Northwest sculpture

James Lee Hansen is one of the Northwest’s most prominent and influential sculptors. His imposing bronze installations are on view at the Portland Art Museum, Maryhill Museum, Clark College and institutions throughout the region. Hansen established his own foundry in Battle Ground, Washington in the 1970s. Today, at age 97, Hansen is proud of the more than 600 sculptures he’s created. “It's a legacy,” he says, “and I think everybody wants to have a legacy.”

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Beaverton artist Allison Wonder’s magical world of dolls

Allison Wonder’s Beaverton, Oregon apartment is a magical fairyland – floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with dolls and their accessories. “The thing I love most about dolls,” he says, “is that I can do pretty much anything I want, it’s just in miniature.” He creates custom costumes, props and sets for his dolls then takes them on location for elaborate photo shoots. Growing up in small-town Michigan, Allison wasn’t allowed to play with dolls. Today he never leaves home without one.


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Sadé DuBoise on painting Black women within Oregon landscapes

Portland painter Sadé DuBoise creates powerful portraits. Her piece "The Collective Mourn" was part of the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland State University, and was recently acquired by the Portland Art Museum.





Portland creator Daniela Molnar explores the shape of loss

Artist Daniela Molnar does it all. She makes her own paint with pigments and water that she forages from the wild and in Portland. She is also a painter and a poet. Molnar has launched the New Earth Series, which includes shapes of glacier loss all over the world. She derives the "shapes of loss" from satellite images.


Singer-songwriter Jeremy Wilson still creates from the heart

A thread of artistic collaboration runs through singer-songwriter Jeremy Wilson’s life story, from his celebrated indie rock band, Dharma Bums, to ballet dancer, to a foundation serving others. Wilson's passion and humanity are expressed through his songs.


Amy Lay’s fine art from rural roots

Growing up on her family’s remote homestead in the Wallowa Mountains, fourth-generation Eastern Oregonian Amy Lay found companionship with the animals around her. Today, that intimate familiarity with animals makes Lay one of the most successful contemporary wildlife artists anywhere.



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