I have lived in Portland, Oregon, for the past twenty years, since August of 1997 to be exact. During this time I cut my teeth as a painter, developing my style and creative voice over the long rain-soaked winters of the Pacific Northwest. It has become a familiar and beloved place for me, with many friends and fond memories.
Last year my Mom suffered a stroke, and though she has almost fully recovered, it was a reminder to me of how fleeting life can be, and more importantly, the value of spending time with loved ones while they are still here. With that I decided to figure out how to spend more time with my family in the Midwest. I knew it would be challenging to split my time and maintain a functioning studio and day job between two places that are 1500 miles apart (most of my family lives in the Kansas City Area.)
So I have decided to have a show in Portland of my abstract paintings this fall to raise funds to do an art residency in my hometown of Kansas city. I will need to find a live/work space, some sort of a reliable vehicle, and materials for doing a body of artwork while I am there. This will allow me to continue making and selling my art while I'm there, and also have a show of the work I produce during my residency. Most likely the residency will happen in the Winter/spring of 2019.
If you are interested in helping me make this happen, there are several ways to help out. I will be putting most of my available paintings (some smaller abstracts and a wide assortment of other works) in my shop. The Larger abstracts will not be available until the time of the portland show.
Also, if you are interested in making a monetary donation, you can do so at paypal.me/brentwear (you don't need a paypal account to do this)
And finally, My collaborative project Fancy Mammal has original works and prints for sale too, and you can find it all here.
This has been a very challenging and emotional decision to make, but the more I figure the logistics out, it should be possible to keep my place in my adopted home of Oregon while spending priceless time with my family and still produce art. I will be posting more info about the Portland show soon, along with works going up in my online shop. Thank you for your interest and support for my work!
All the Best,