First Advisor

David Andersen

Date of Award


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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art Practices and University Honors






Art -- Study and teaching -- Personal narratives




In this essay, I will be discussing the content and overall experience of my thesis exhibition, The Development of an Art Practice, on display at the Alexander Gallery, Oregon City, Oregon, from November 6th through December 6th 2019. The exhibition showcased my development in the undergraduate art practice programs at Clackamas Community College, and Portland State University. Featured in the exhibition was a selection of two-dimensional visual works, which I produced in the programs.

My work was process driven with an emphasis on experimentation. While the selection of work revealed reoccurring themes, both in process and content, this happened instinctually. My focus was on exploring combinations of compositional techniques, mediums, processes and content; utilizing texture, imagery, color and form to convey ideas and feelings. My goal was to develop formal strategies in visual communication, working with two-dimensional representation and abstraction.

In addition to the art works, was an interactive element, in which I invited visitors of the gallery, as well as some colleagues and my advisor, to paint with me, and engage in conversation about visual art, culture and the ideas contained in the exhibition. The interactive studio space was modeled after the academic studios that I used in the programs (figure 1.) It consisted of two sets of easels, chairs and tables. In this space, I revisited years of accumulated sketchbooks and drawings. I also painted and developed conversations with guest artists, gallery visitors, students and instructors.


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