Seeking to deepen the connections between the Art Invitational artists and the physical place of Sitka, three artists were offered one-week summer residencies at Sitka's Grass Mountain. They were selected based on work that directly references the natural world.
"My focus has always been on loosely narrative drawing, printmaking and painting. For my time at Grass Mountain, I plan on creating some drawings/mixed media pieces on paper inspired in part by the gorgeous natural environment. My close friend Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley (and I) share a love of strongly graphic imagery, kitsch, patterns, odd and fantastical creatures in mysterious and atmospheric settings." See more of Hibiki's work here.
"My mixed media paintings depict organic, stylized, fanciful landscapes that contain both real and imaginary subject matter. I did a Sitka residency this past winter... and I've wanted to go back ever since to spend more time with the huge old mossy trees, lush ferns, sun dappled meadows and homesteaders' graves. I especially wanted to return to observe the orange bellied-newts... to use as fodder for my upcoming large scale painting which will be based on their mating habits and embellished in an Art Nouveau style." See more of Kamala's work here.
Kim Osgood is an artist living in Portland, and presently fond of painting on the side of Mt. Hood. Her acrylic painting and monotypes are directly informed by the natural world and are a recognition of the interconnectivity of all things. Making art for her is a way of celebrating her joy in everyday life.
Kim has studied at Skidmore College BS, Rhode Island School of Design and Pacific NM college of Art. Her work is in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Hallie Ford Museum. Her work is also included in many private collections including Bill and Melinda Gates and Arlene Schnitzer. See more of Kim's work here.