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Friday, August 28, 2009

Meet the correspondents: PORTLAND > Kurt D.Hollomon



"I have always been focused on observational drawing, urban landscapes in particular, but I became more intense about it back in 1997 when my body nearly all froze up. I couldn't draw at all for about two weeks. My hand couldn't feel the pen. I was told that I might have MS and that I should switch my emphasis to working with the computer.

That sure didn't sit very well with me. The "you might have" became a "for sure" in 2003, when I was diagnosed with MS. But I had already hit the streets perfecting my observational skills, mark making and drawing in my sketchbook with a wider variety of pens and brushes. I figured I'd better get the drawings now while I can. I’ve been teaching drawing at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, since 2001, so when I was done with class for the day, out I went to a different location each afternoon to make a new drawing in my book. My sketchbooks were already going places with me.

I love the thrill of getting everything down on the page before cars leave, and of course clouds block the sun and shadows move. There’s nothing like it. Not exactly like the adrenaline rush I had when mountain climbing, but intoxicating all the same."

• Kurt's blog.

14 comments:

gabi campanario said...

really inspiring story and drawings full of character Kurt, welcome!

TIA said...

Greetings from the sunny island Singapore. Love the energy in your drawings. Take care and welcome to USk.

enrique said...

I´m glad we have you here Kurt. I´m a long time admirer of your maps- Welcome

memi said...

Welcome, Kurt-
Your students are lucky to have you, as are we!

Tom said...

Kurt-really nice--I can remember similar bridge views of Portland when I would walk from my SW apartment to the Frto-Lay plant on what was Union back in the early 60's. Now live and draw in sunny Yountville ca. Great stuff. Wish I could take your class.

Matthew Brehm said...

Welcome aboard, Kurt! I also admire your maps, and look forward to your posts!

Jody said...

Great sketches as always, Kurt! I remember drawing that same vista in your class. I love the cars and the
water tower!

Isabel said...

welcome Kurt looking forward to your posts

Cathy Gatland said...

Wonderful work on your blog and website - Welcome! I visited my sister in Portland 17 years ago and loved the city - look forward to seeing it through your sketches.

veronica lawlor said...

Welcome! Looking forward to see your posts from Portland!

bh yoo said...

Impressive story, Kurt and welcome wholeheartedly. Visited your blog and loved your drawings.

jerry waese said...

very advanced detail merges with textural composition.
bravo!

Paul Heaston said...

Wow, welcome. Just had the opportunity to draw in your neck of the woods a few weeks ago-- can't wait to see more.

Bill Russell said...

Dude, how are you? I think I need to travel up to Portland this summer.

 
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