- Performing & Fine Arts
- Buckley Center 235, MSC 152
- 5000 N Willamette Blvd.
- Portland OR 97203
Fr. Mark Ghyselinck, CSC.
October 24 - November 17, 2011
I am a Catholic priest, painter, and art teacher at the University of Portland, and my work has changed over the years. Now I am primarily a painter and drawer of landscapes. I usually have one big oil painting underway in my studio, but mostly I paint landscapes on site using acrylic paints or watercolors, and I occasionally draw from photographs using pastels. I have come to appreciate the beauty of place and in my work I try to show that beauty which I have taken notice of.
I have friends who have had surgery on their eyes and after surgery they were amazed at the beauty of the colors that they could now see which they had not been able to see before the surgery. That experience is a metaphor for life. There is much beauty and goodness in our lives that we do not notice. The world which God created is filled with beauty and goodness as well as ugliness.
In my work I try to show the beauty that I see in the places that I go, and I have been privileged to go to some awesome places. I have been to spectacular places such as Jinja, Uganda, a game park in Tanzania, Yellowstone and Zion National Parks, and even the University of Portland. Beauty can be seen from a road that overlooks Lake Victoria and at our own flower-filled campus. I hope that you enjoy the show and take notice of the beauty that surrounds you.
Verso: Horses on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon
16” x 20”