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Today’s Events

  • Oct 20
    Day of the Dead / Repose Oct 20 to Nov 25 @Redux Gallery
  • Oct 29
    Light Revealed Oct 29 to Dec 01 @Butters Gallery
  • Oct 30
    Victor Maldonado - Liberation Stories Oct 30 to Dec 01 @Froelick Gallery
  • Oct 30
    Tyger! Tyger! Oct 30 to Dec 01 @Gallery 903
  • Oct 31
    Clint Brown, Bill Rades Oct 31 to Dec 01 @Blackfish Gallery
  • Oct 31
    Tara Murino-Brault "Illuminations" Oct 31 to Dec 30 @Wolff Gallery
  • Oct 31
    Carolyn Cole Oct 31 to Nov 30 @Gallery 903
  • Nov 1
    George Johanson Nov 01 to Dec 01 @Augen Gallery
  • Nov 1
    CHRISTIAN J. BARRIOS: VIVIENDO MUERTO! Nov 01 to Dec 03 @Pearl Gallery and Framing
  • Nov 1
    John Whitten: Stochastic Resonance Nov 01 to Dec 01 @Charles A. Hartman Fine Art

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William Hernandez, Painter

I am a figurative artist
I am a figurative artist and who paints exclusively with acrylic on canvas. In my artistic process, there is always a period of reflection and observation before the production of my latest series. When I pick up my paintbrush, it is often a hectic rush of artistic outlet to transpose the contents in my head to the canvas. Acrylic, with its fast drying properties, works best with my style. I rarely use sketches, so my creations are spontaneous and unannounced, and sometimes even surprising to myself. The colorful, imaginative, dreamlike, and at times melancholic world that I create in Portland is both a combination and rebirth of my life as the artist I was in Peru five years ago. I weave together memories, experiences, lessons, loss, friendships, achievements, and feelings. Portland’s colors contrast with the beautiful landscapes of the interiors of Peru, but the gloomy backdrop of Lima also contains magic and rituals beyond what is found in a more intimate city like Portland. I try to capture these flashes of insight rooted in people and place with my signature style, hoping that what finds its way to the canvas will evoke a personal response from the viewer, thus creating a bridge crossing divides between cultures.