About the Artist

Painting The Story

The Art of Michael Orwick

Michael Orwick - Biography

 

Growing up in the Oregon Cascades and the Willamette Valley, nature and the landscape have had a profound impact on Michael Orwick. He has always been inspired by the ability of landscapes to tell stories.


Michael’s career in art started in animation at Will Vinton Studios and moved quickly into illustration, where he enjoyed bringing the ideas of others to life. As is true for many creative people, Michael was drawn to develop his own signature style of “Inspired Expressionism,” painting his ideas on canvas and inviting the viewer to provide the narrative. 

 

Orwick is a master of creating mood through atmosphere and color, utilizing space, a sense of place, and time of day to convey his vision. His work hints at a story and it is what he leaves untold that that engages the viewer in the creative process of storytelling. He often hears that people feel as if they have “seen this place before”.

 

Orwick’s paintings offer the chance to return and explore a special place that lingers in memory and imagination.

 

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. —Magritte

 

Michael Orwick, at his best melds pictorial storytelling with a hauntingly familiar world. He creates compelling views of our world that move beyond time and place – full environments for your mind to explore, your senses to imagine.

— Mari Rockett, Curator, DragonFire GalleryCanon Beach, Oregon

 

 

Artist Statement ...

There is a reason we are drawn toward beauty. It is the language of God and nature.
Nothing more provocative than beauty — it inspires deep reflection and motivates me to create.


I blend from a primary color palette, painting wet into wet and with layers, to both reveal and hide what lies behind; in this way I entice you into the painting. I love it when people share the feeling and stories my paintings evoke. It is my sincere wish that you will want to revisit these beautiful locations and painterly stories again and again.

 

 

  

 

 

My Story ... 

I was born in 1975 on a sunny day in Astoria Oregon. Despite my near death experience at birth, my Mom thought I was perfect. My Dad, a physician, knew better. These assessments continue today.

 

Within days of my recovery, my adventures began. Our small family moved to the Olympic Peninsula to live on the Quinault Indian Reservation as Dad served in the Indian Health Service. Most of my memories from those very early years revolve around an ancient Indian woman known as Gram Black, eating live clams on cold foggy beaches, and our performing circus poodle.

 

From there, our family moved to Boise, Idaho, where my parents got me a Golden Retriever who taught me the joy of peeing outside. It was also during this time that my sister, born in Columbia, S.A., was adopted into our family. I give her credit for teaching me patience and proper grooming. 

 

At the age of four I became the seventh generation on my mother’s side to live in “the town that friendliness built” and the home of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, Lebanon, Oregon. Over the years, my family created an odd animal sanctuary and hobby farm with a revolving cast of colorful creatures to ride, observe, and endlessly scoop up after. My bedroom was in the tack room, which I shared with my youngest sister’s goat. To this day, there is no love lost between me and the nasty rooster who cock-a-doodled any old time.

 

Very early my parents realized that I had dyslexia and that I saw things differently from most. School was difficult, but in hindsight this was one of many blessings that have helped to shape my artful existence. I was lucky to grow up surrounded by beautiful creeks and evergreen wilderness and within a family that loved to travel, encouraged curiosity, and following one’s heart. And my heart has always told me to create.

 

I started college at the University of Oregon where, for reasons I cannot now recollect, I majored in business. Two years in and losing interest, I jumped at the chance to move to Australia for half a year, where I filled up sketch pads with drawings and small paintings. The thought of returning to business classes never crossed my mind. I spent the next year a transient, sleeping on friend's couches and beanbag chairs, putting together a portfolio and dating my future wife, a beautiful Bulgarian named Gabriela.

 

Returning to the Pacific Northwest, Gaby and I started our life together in Portland, Oregon, where I majored in Illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art. I discovered that oil painting and the method of working from dark to light worked with my ‘backwards brain’. When I’m not illustrating books, I find my whimsical images and landscapes to also be very very illustrative. I love creating art that invites you on a journey to form a story and explore your world within.

 

Our daughter, a creative and inquisitive ten-year-old, has kept me in touch with my perpetual inner child. Throughout my life, I have been lucky to know beauty and comfort, laughter and joy. These are a few of the things I hope to impart through my brushes. I look forward to continuing my adventures, inviting inspiration and beauty into my life, and sharing it with you through my paintings.

 

Resume 

Michael Orwick Arts

16115 SW Autumn Drive, Beaverton, Oregon 97007 • 503.329.2167

orwickillustration@comcast.net • www.michaelorwick.com

 

Education

BFA Illustration – Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, May 2000

Art Courses and Business Studies – University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1995-96

 

Entrepreneurial History 2000-14

Orwick ARTS, LLC, Beaverton, OR, 2007- Present

Oregon Children’s Theatre Illustrator, 2007-2009

Orwick Illustration, Hillsboro, OR: Freelance Artist, 2001-2007

Will Vinton Studios, Portland, OR: Storyboard Artist, Intern, 1999

 

Teaching

Painting Teacher, Oregon Society of Artist 2014

Ongoing Yearly 2008-2014 Three and five day workshops in Cannon Beach Oregon and beyond

Art Instructor at Clark College, Oil Painting, Vancouver, WA, 2008-2013

Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR, 2003-2011

Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Arts Teacher, kindergarten through adult, Hillsboro, OR, 2000-2003

Heritage Arts Studio, North Plains, OR, 2002-2003

Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, OR, 2002

 

Shows and awards

2014

2 paintings selected as Finalists, January Raymar 9th annuel Fine Art Competition

Judge, Gateway to Sedona Fine Art Competition

3rd Place, Gamblin Oil paints award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competion Hood River

New Gallery representaion Brian Marki Fine Art – Palm Springs, CA

New Gallery representaion Angel Gallery Fine Art Coeur d'Alene, ID

First Place Cannon Beach Plein Air and More Art Competion Judged by SW Art Magazine

DragonFire Studios & Gallery Stormy Weather Winter Unveiling Art Festival, Cannon Beach, OR with permanent exhibit

Rip Caswell Gallery, Featured Artist

Dragon Fire Gallery, Featured Artist

Spring Unveiling and Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Cole Gallery Group Show, Edmonds, WA January 1 - 30, with permanent exhibit

Anniversary Group Show The Gallery At The Watershed, Eugene OR

 

2013

Judge, Raymar 8th annuel Fine Art Competition

SouthWest Art Award Cannon Beach Plein Air and more.

First Place, Cannon Beach Plein Air and more.

New Gallery representaion Gallery 903 – Portland, OR

Rip Caswell Gallery, Featured Artist

DragonFire Studios & Gallery Stormy Weather Winter Unveiling Art Festival, Cannon Beach, OR with permanent exhibit

Spring Unveiling and Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Cole Gallery, Featured Artist, Edmonds WA

Cole Gallery Group Show, Edmonds, WA January 1 - 30, with permanent exhibit

Oil Painters of America, National 2013 Juried Salon, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI

Two person show, The Gallery At The Watershed, Eugene OR

Group Show, Plein Air Art Elements Gallery, Newberg Gallery

Best Mountain, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competion Hood River Sept

 

2012

New Gallery representaion, Tetons Gallery, Jackson Hole WY

3rd Place Hillsboro Plein Air June

DragonFire Studios & Gallery Stormy Weather Winter Unveiling Art Festival, Cannon Beach, OR with permanent exhibit

Cannon Beach Plein air June

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competion Hood River Sept

Rip Caswell Gallery Plein Air invitational

Rip Caswell Gallery, Featured Artist

Dragon Fire Gallery, Featured Artist

Spring Unveiling and Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Cole Gallery, Featured Artist

Freed Gallery

Salon International, Green House Gallery

Art On Broadway, Special Guest

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competion Hood River Sept

 

2011

New Gallery representaion, Art Elements Gallery, Newberg, OR

Pinot & Palette: Art of Michael Orwick | Art of Pinot Noir, May 20 – June 18, 2011
Art Elements Gallery, Newberg, OR

DragonFire Studios & Gallery Stormy Weather Winter Unveiling Art Festival, Cannon Beach, OR with permanent exhibit
with exhibits at Sokol Blosser, Anne Amie Vineyard & Vista Hills Vineyard

Cole Gallery Group Show, Edmonds, WA January 1 - 30, with permanent exhibit

Terpin Gallery Jackson Hole Wyoming

Jackson Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole Wyoming

Hillsboro Plein Air June

Cannon Beach Plein air June

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competion Hood River Sept

Rip Caswell Gallery Plein Air invitational

Rip Caswell Gallery, Featured Artist

Dragon Fire Gallery, Featured Artist

Spring Unveiling and Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Cole Gallery, Featured Artist

Freed Gallery

Salon International, Green House Gallery

 

2010

New Gallery representaionTerpin Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

New Gallery representaion, Rip Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR

Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Exhibition, Legacy Gallery, AZ

Rip Caswell Gallery, Featured Artist: It’s A Woman’s World
Works added to Caswell Permanent Collection

Newberg Gallery, Newberg OR — ongoing exhibit

Art On Broadway Gallery, April Featured Artist, Beaverton, OR

DragonFire Studios & Gallery Spring Unveiling Art Festival, Cannon Beach, OR with permanent exhibit

Featured Artist, Cole Gallery group show, Edmonds, WA, April 1 – 30 with permanent exhibit

Whimsy, Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR, March 5 - 28

Cole Gallery Group Show, Edmonds, WA January 1 - 30, with permanent exhibit

Hillsboro Plein Air June

Cannon Beach Plein air June

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competion Hood River Sept

 

2009

Two-person show, Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR
December – January

January Group Show, Studio West, Eugene OR

Unveiling of Lebanon Oregon Public Library Commission (three 4x6 foot landscape paintings), Lebanon, OR, December

QuickDraw Event, Tolovana Inn, Cannon Beach, OR, November

Stormy Weather Festival & Unveiling, DragonFire Studios & Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR, November

Three-person show, Newberg Gallery, Newberg OR, November

Invitational QuickDraw at the Allison Hotel, Newberg, OR, October

Two-person show, Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR, August

Lake Oswego Art Festival, Lake Oswego, OR, Award: Awakening, Fishhawk Lake, August

The Allison Hotel, 6 paintings permanent collection, Newberg, OR, July

Solo show at Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, OR

Plein Air in Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach, OR, June

Spring Unveiling, DragonFire Studios and Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR (permanent)

2008 - 2006

2008 – Featured Artist at Valley Arts, Forest Grove, OR

2008 – New artist show at Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA (on permanent display)

2008 – Freed Gallery Landscape show (on permanent display), Lincoln City, OR

2008 – Kingstad Gallery, Beaverton, OR (Guest artist)

2007 – Salon International, Green House Galley, TX

2007 – Featured Artist at City Arts, Portland OR

2007 – Beaverton Arts Show Case, Beaverton, OR

2007 – Cube Gallery, Beaverton, OR

2007 – Studio 2 Gallery, Tigard, OR

2007 – Ann Amie Vineyard, Dundee, OR

2007 – Urban Wine works, McMinnville, OR

2006 – Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro OR

2006 – Mount Hood Hospital – Art Commissions – Gresham, OR

2006 – Oregon Plein Air Show, Beaverton, OR

2006 – Hood River Plein Air Show, Hood River, OR

2006 – Oswego Lake Gallery Landscape Show, Lake Oswego, OR

2006 – Beaverton Arts Show Case, Beaverton, OR

2006 –1st Place & Best in Show, Newberg Harvest Festival Art Show, Newberg, OR

2005 - 03

2005 – DragonFire Studio and Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

2005 – Beaverton Arts Show Case, Beaverton, OR

2004 – Mythic Journeys Show, Atlanta, GA

2005 – Best in Show– Newberg Harvest Festival, Newberg, OR

2005 – Lebanon Clinic commission painting, Lebanon, OR

2004 – North Plains Public Library art commission, North Plains, OR

2004-2006 – Modern Masters of Fantasy, San Diego, CA

2004 – 1st place at the Newberg Harvest Festival Art Show, Newberg, OR

2004 – Yoshida’s Fine Art Gallery, Portland, OR

2003 – North Beach Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003 – Art Work Gallery, New York, NY

2003 – PNCA Alumni Show, Portland, OR

2003 – Studio 2 Gallery, Sherwood, OR

2002 - 1999

2002 – First Place, Emerging Artist Competition, GA

2002 – Duirwaigh Gallery, GA 2002-2006

2002 – Yoshida’s Fine Art Gallery, Portland, OR 2002

2002 – Solo Show at Billy Reeds, Portland, OR 2002

2002 – Hillsboro Festival of the Arts, Hillsboro, OR 2001

2001 – 1st Thursday in the Pearl “Street Show,” Portland, OR

2001 – Fine Arts and Wine Festival, Beaverton, OR

2001 – Beaverton Mall Gallery, Beaverton, OR

2001 – Beaverton City Hall, America, Beaverton, OR

2001 – Lebanon Hospital, Lebanon, OR

2001 – 1st Thursday in the Pearl, Portland, OR

2000 – PNCA Juried Painters Show, Portland, OR

2000 – PNCA Illustrators, Portland, OR

2000 – PNCA Thesis Show, Portland, OR

1999 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Student Show, Portland, OR

Workshops (Oil Painting | Plein Air)

Cannon Beach Oil Painting Workshop, March 2011 and 2012

Painting Coastal Color & Light, June 2011 and 2013

Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce – 3-day Workshop, March 2010

** Landscape Techniques in Oil Emerald Art Center, Springfield, [month] 2010

** Firesign Oil Painting Workshop, Quadra Island, BC, [month] 2010

 

Publications & Media

SW Art magaine 2014

Plein Air magazine 2014

Outdoor Painter “Father and Daughter Teach Each Other about Art” 2014

Outdoor Painter “Why it Works” 2013

American Art Collector Magazine 2013 two times.

American Art Collector Magazine 2012

Color and Aroma, May 2010

American Art Collector Magazine, May 2010
Article in the Cannon Beach Gazette

Cannon Beach Citizen, March, 2010, “Love at First Sight,” Cannon Beach, OR

American Art Collector Magazine, February 2009

Cannon Beach Gazette, Cannon Beach, OR, November, 2009

KOIN Local 6, Portland, OR, November 19, 2009

Albany Democrat Herald, Albany, OR, December 6, 2009

Eugene Register Guard, Eugene, OR, December 11, 2009

Oregon Children’s Theatre posters and promotional materials, 2007-2009

Tori Amos Rainn Calendar and Auction, 2008

Cannon Beach Gazette, Cannon Beach, OR, November, 2008

Aphrodisia: Art of the Female Form, 2006

Enter the Duir, Film and book for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 2005

Oregonian, Interview, Portland Open Studios, Beaverton, OR, 2005

Breathe a Great Fire, Hopper Press, Portland, OR (publication pending), 2005

Modern Masters of Fantasy Epilogue press and CD, 2004

Blue Beads, a Story of Friendship, published April 2004 and reprinted 2005

Hillsboro Argus, Interview, Hillsboro, OR, 2003

Crystal and Glass in the Irish Forest, Laura Boitano Productions, 2003

Society of Children’s Book Writes and Illustrators, Interview, Bob Griggs, 2003

Fairies (book), Bastion Press, 2003

The Oregonian, Interview, Portland, OR, 2002

Hillsboro Argus, Interview, Hillsboro, OR, 2002

 

Memberships & Affiliations

LAPAPA, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

Oil Painters of America

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Oregon Plein Air Society

Oregon Society of Artists

Hillsboro Community of Arts, Hillsboro, OR

Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton, OR

 

Charitable Events

Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure. Sarcoma Research at Dana-Faber

Friends of the Children, Portland Branch

The SMART program

The Catlin Gable School

St. Mary’s Home for Boys, Beaverton

Beaverton Arts Commission

The Audubon Society of Oregon

The Glenn and Viola Walters Art Center, Hillsboro

Artist against hunger, Oregon Food Bank

Rotary Club in Bend, OR

 

References

Eeva Lantela, DragonFire Gallery Owner

123 South Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

www.dragonfirestudio.com

Phone: 503-436-1533

E-mail: DINTERACTIVES@QWESTOFFICE.NET

Relationship: Gallery Owner where Orwick has been successfully showing since 2002

Sean Morgan, Cultural Arts Program Manager for the City of Hillsboro

527 East Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

www.ci.hillsboro.or.us

Phone: 503-681-5381

E-mail: seanm@ci.hillsboro.or.us

Arts Program Manager for Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, where Orwick has been teaching art classes and showing since 2003

Stan Foote, Artistic Director for the Oregon Children’s Theatre

600 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 313, Portland, Or 97205-2793

www.oct.org

Phone: 503-228-9571

E-mail: stan@octc.org

Artistic Director for the Oregon Children’s Theatre, where Orwick illustrated all promotional materials for Seasons 2007/2008 and 2008/2009

 

 

Michael Orwick creates compelling views of our world that move beyond time and place –full environments for your mind to explore, your senses to imagine. Places as mysterious as Oregon’s craggy coast, as unpredictable as a glacial view of Mount Hood, or as serene as an Oregon waterfall. His skill as a landscape artist can remind us of Remington in his most enamored moments with the majestic American West, or of the Impressionists as he paints a dance of light on a pond or snow.

-Mari Rockett, DragonFire Studios and Gallery Curator, 2008




 

 

 

 

 

Michael Orwick - Biography