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Francis Picabia’s “The Handsome Pork Butcher” (1924) + “Femme a la mantille bleue” (1943) + “Roofs of Paris” (1900). 

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Today, Literary Arts announced the finalists for the 2015 Oregon Book AwardsI’m beyond honored to tell you that my fourth book of poems, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean), is now the third of mine to be nominated for an Oregon Book Award. It was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy among some brilliant poetry titles by Wendy Chin-Tanner, Emily Kendal Frey, Endi Bogue Hartigan, and Dawn Diez Willis. There are so so many worthy books of poems written in Oregon each year, so I’m continually encouraged by, and thankful for Literary Arts for shining such a bright spotlight upon these books I’ve been writing.

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In addition to doing portraiture commissions for people to help support my novel-writing adventure over the next few months, I started drawing portraits of some of the artists and thinkers I admire. 

8 x 11 prints of these 5 are now available on Buy Olympia’s website for $20 each, along with some of my previous portraits. If you’re a fan of these artists and thinkers too, please consider buying a print. It would go a long way to help support me during my travels. 

Originals are 14 x17 and are also available–just send me a query over email. 

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I did a portraiture commission of mother and daughter, Lex and Avi, as a holiday gift for my new friend, and their husband and father, Simon. 

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Lately, in order to financially support my time writing a novel, I’ve been teaching myself to draw portraits. I would really like to keep drawing, and I hope you will consider commissioning me for a portrait of yourself or a loved one. I’m thinking portraits would make a pretty sweet holiday gift. 

These portraits are 11 x 14, pencil, color pencil, and ink, on 90lb acid-free archival paper. I’ll seal them and ship them to you safely. Email me for more details.