"Aside from a year and a half of odd jobs after graduating from high school, I have made my living from my art in one way or another all my adult life.
I was born and lived the first fifteen
of my life in Southern California. I spent nearly four years in the Air
Force in the Korean War period. I took my education at San Jose State
University in San Jose, California. My first tenured position, after leaving
graduate school, was at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Canada
in 1966. I came to Western in 1968.
In the public sector, I am equally proud of my participation and involvement in the Northwest Print Council. The NWPC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, professional printmaking organization, created in 1981 and headquartered in Portland. I was the second NWPC President (1982 to 1985) and have been a member the NWPC Board of Directors until the present day. I am equally proud to have been named as a NWPC Honorary Life Member in 1998.
As an artist, I prefer to make things whose meaning is wrapped up in seeing, that is, they have been made for no other reason than to be looked at. I enjoy working in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, but many know me as a printmaker.
The human figure, particularly portraits, has dominated much my work for most of my professional life. My fascination with the figure is due in large part to my long-term interest in social commentary as subject matter.
All of the works in this exhibition however, are paintings. They are a body of works completed over the past year and a half, based on what I feel is the beauty in the landscape that surrounds this region of the Willamette Valley. Thirty-five years ago, that beauty was foremost in our decision to locate here. We have never regretted that decision. The paintings included in this show, which I have titled The Monmouth Series, are intended as a tribute to the enjoyment we have savored in the thirty-five years we have lived here."
James T Mattingly, Professor of Art,