1. Jay Nelson: All Roads Lead Back to the Bay

    Jay Nelson is a dude’s dude. With an Instagram account that won’t quit, he is best known for his whimsical campers and elaborate treehouses all made from repurposed wood, a natural material he has been drawn to since childhood. He is reluctant to call himself an “artist” by traditional standards, preferring terms like surfer, painter, father, doodler, husband, fort builder and cave dweller to describe his process as a creative. … Read More

  2. The Open Pass: The Artist’s Journey Featuring Heather Day

    We don’t always know where the Open Pass will take us, but the unknown is at the heart of any adventure. A few weeks ago, we found ourselves in the Bay Area on a mission to meet a Subaru owner artist, Heather Day. What we loved most about talking with Heather is her intrinsic connection to her work. “Pushing and pulling paint around a canvas can often get very physical, which I like,” she explained. Painting from life, she treats each piece like a living organism. She takes what she learns from one canvas and applies it to the next, adding pigments, textures, and layers as she goes throughout her day.   … Read More

  3. Creative Conversations: The Art of Metal Shaping with Lane Walkup

    In the digital-crazed age we live in today where a lot of humans are behind a computer screen over 40 hours a week, a genuine pair of working hands can be a sight for sore eyes. The dirt, burns and bandages that cover cuts and scrapes give way to stories that need to be told, and metal shaper Lane Walkup’s hands are definitely a conversation starter. To learn more about her work, RANGE met with Lane Walkup in Portland to discuss her trade. … Read More

  4. Pencil + Paper: Lucy Engelman

    We discovered the work of Michigan-based illustrator, Lucy Engelman, a few years ago through Cabin Time and visit her site regularly to get inspired. Cabin Time is a roaming creative residency, which hosts artists in intentionally remote locations throughout the country. Once they arrive, the artists begin a week-long workshop where they can create convivial projects in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, writing, film making, and illustration.

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