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Today’s Events

  • Nov 2
    Jinie Park & Amanda Briggs
    Nov 02 to Dec 23
    @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Nov 2
    Rachel Davis: Book of Days
    Nov 02 to Dec 23
    @Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
  • Nov 19
    Fracture
    Nov 19 to Jan 13
    @Geezer Gallery @ Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Nov 24
    Little Things Show
    Nov 24 to Dec 24
    @Guardino Gallery
  • Nov 28
    Field of View
    Nov 28 to Dec 30
    @Wolff Gallery
  • Dec 1
    Winter Group Exhibition
    Dec 01 to Dec 31
    @Butters Gallery
  • Dec 1
    Work Horse: Art by the People Who Make Your Comics
    Dec 01 to Dec 26
    @Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
  • Dec 1
    Micah Hearn
    Dec 01 to Jan 13
    @Froelick Gallery
  • Dec 1
    A Gifted Offering
    Dec 01 to Dec 30
    @Eutectic Gallery
  • Dec 1
    Brothers
    Dec 01 to Dec 31
    @Waterstone Gallery

Profile

Joanna Bornowski, Painter

Original oil painting "Constricted Transitions"
Growing up with two parents as artists and art teachers may have been the greatest life gift. Art, for me, is the most vulnerable way to self express. I have a preference for painting as I learn more about myself each time I pick up a brush. It’s fascinating to me the meditative way painting brings up layers of thought as one applies layers of paint to the canvas. My paintings generally work towards a cooperative whole where two things viewed generally separate are joined. What is it to combine two seemingly different things into one? I contemplated what it is to be masked or unmasked as I worked on my larger series. We all have qualities we choose to present the world while we hide others. It is only in our minds that some of these masks can be flaws. The impulse or desire to show the true multifaceted version of what we are can be frightening. It takes courage to be vulnerable. I believe the knowing and understanding of our fullness comes like layers of paint; discovering the next layer only when we are ready to integrate. I have come to understand that when we evade our true selves we evade the responsibility gifted to us by the inspiration from which it came. It is my desire to step into truth though my artwork and encourage the viewer to find their truth. I create my artwork in Portland, OR.