Michelle Clark Graphic Design

Local Artist: Red Parasol Productions
"Hollow Mask" by Tricia Beck

"Hollow Mask" by Tricia Beck

Red Parasol Productions is the art of Portland native Tricia Beck. I first saw her work at the Saturday Market and have been mesmerized ever since. January 2009 marks her third year as a working artist and street vendor. You can also see her work at Last Thursdays on Alberta. The colors and textures she achieves in her paintings are beyond words. Being from the Northwest, she’s constantly inspired by the natural beauty she sees. She retains a very realistic feel with her natural subjects but always with her own special twist. When asked to define her style, she simply states, “glorified reality.” She hopes that her work can inspire others and portray that being alone doesn’t have to mean loneliness. She works with acrylic (my favorite medium) and uses a heavy-bodied gel to texturize her paintings. Here’s what some people have quoted about Tricia and her work:

“There’s an illustrative, surreal quality to Tricia Beck’s paintings that make me think of both Salvador Dali and paper animation pioneer, Lotte Reiniger. Her interpretation of the natural world–clouds, trees, nests–has an edge to it that defies the pretty landscapes. A bit twisted, and beautiful.”
Rachael Taylor Brown, singer/songwriter, & proud owner of a Beck original pastel painting entitled, “Fire In The Hills”.

“Tricia captures the spontaneity of nature with a vivid poetic sense.”
James Faretheewell, singer/songwriter & proud owner of a Beck original print entitled, “Just Before Noon”.

Check out Tricia’s collection at the Red Parasol Productions website.


Local Artist: Jasmine Star
Photo by me

Photos by me

Jasmine Star pendant

This is a photograph of a pendant art piece and the packaging by Jasmine Star. I bought it on Alberta St. back in October during the Day of the Dead art walk celebration. I prefer to wear works of art whenever possible – such as shirts and jewelery. This one has become one of my most prized possessions since, and I look forward to buying more of this artist’s work. On the back of the pendant it has her signature and the year written in white acrylic.

Jasmine Star paints mostly trees in acrylic with beautiful colorful skies, and each piece communicates a different emotion by the colors shechooses to use or the direction, weight, or movement of the branches. She is such a sweet, awesome individual and she puts a lot of thought and care into her work. As part of her collection she has necklaces, earrings, prints, original works, greeting cards, and specially designed gift boxes and cards to hold the necklace, and specially designed bags to put it all in. She even paints original works, just as detailed as her larger paintings, on canvases that are no bigger than your thumb! She sells necklaces, prints, original works, specially designed gift boxes and cards to hold the necklace, and specially designed bags to put it all in.  I believe I spent ten dollars on my beautiful necklace but felt like I walked away with 4 pieces of art, of course I saved it all (even the bag).

To check out her work, you can go a couple of different places. Her website, jasminestar.net is up and running but is under construction in quite a few places,but the gallery works! You can also see many of her pieces here at EbsqArt.com.