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Greeting dear family, friends, and art enthusiasts,

I have lots of exciting news to share with you this month!

I'm honored to be included in the Schack Art Center's 21st juried show in Everett, Washington. 

My painting Amazonomachy I will be on exhibit through April 14th, 2018.

I also have several art shows planned for Portland this year.

Three of them will be in the Pearl District with an Artist's Reception during the First Thursday Art Walk.

Portland Exhibits

~ Painting Classes ~

I'm now teaching a monthly group class in Portland. Students of all skill levels are welcome!

Thursdays 10am ~ 1pm
April 19th & 26th
May 17th & 24th

Call the Village Gallery of Arts at (503) 644-8001 to register. 

~ New Oil Sketches ~ 

I've always loved painting on paper. Something happens in my psyche when working on this humble surface that relieves me of all expectations. 

At the moment, I'm obsessed with Yupo paper, in particular. It's a synthetic, slick surface that doesn't buckle under the weight of paint and preserves brushwork beautifully.

It's like working with butter on silk.

Many of these new paintings are midnight meditations.

After the bustle of the day, when my household has gone to sleep, I come to my easel searching for a quiet space.

All of my imagery is inspired by real encounters.

I've painted many of these models from life and draw on that experience to push a painting beyond its photo reference.

These oil sketches capture everything I want from an alla prima session: fresh, loose, painterly, expressive.

Seeing the white of the paper peek between the brushstrokes gives me chills. 

Many thanks to Linda, Kirsten, Brittany, and Chris for purchasing sketches and ordering custom pieces!

Shop Available Paintings

Requests also welcome!

Send me your favorite photos and I'll make a custom painting for you. If you don't like it, you don't have to buy it. 

How to Special Order

This $100 oil sketch sale ends April 1st, 2018 and supports the relocation of my art studio in SE Portland.

~ New Studio Paintings & Partnerships ~

I am now a participating artist and advisor to Portrait Connection, a non-profit whose mission is to gift fine art portraits to the families of children struggling with serious health conditions.  

My first painting for Portait Connection is of a little fella born with Lissencephaly. I expected this painting to be a difficult one -- dealing with the painful emotions evoked by a sick child and the pressure of this painting's role in this family's life -- but the exact opposite was true. There's so much joy and spirit in him that the painting came together almost effortlessly.  I think his happiness is a reflection of how well-loved he is and so I wanted to capture that feeling in his portrait.  

I can't think of a more meaningful or rewarding avenue for my life's work than to create joyful, healing artwork. 

This painting will be unveiled and presented to the family at Portrait Connection's Inaugural Event April 6th, 2018. 

More Event Info

~ Another Round of Thanks ~

Thank you to new collector Donna for purchasing Autumn's Jewels this week. And to the Burris family for commissioning portraits and continually supporting my career as a fine artist.

I can't thank you all enough!
 
I hope you've enjoyed this newsletter. I would love to hear from you if you have a question, comment, or suggestion.

Artfully yours,
Brooke Walker-Knoblich

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