Carl Annala

Artist Portland, OR

out of the box

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My techniques are very traditional, almost identical to anyone painting 100 years ago. I paint oil on canvases using brushes. I start with a photographic image I have captured on a hike and given careful consideration. I start my paintings using a black ground on the canvas. I build the painting using small strokes of color, of carefully mixed colors. The image looks very loose up until the end. I do not mix the colors on the surface: I do not blend them. I have developed these techniques over the years in order to retain some sense of energy in the final image.

The above refers to my naturalist work; my abstract work process is very similar but somehow more free, more spiritual even if confined by self imposed rules.

I studied under Lucinda Parker, Bob Hanson and Harry Widman in the 1980’s and am grateful for their influence.

When I worked at the Glenn And Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, I did design materials for print, display banners and web.

During my 8 years at WCAC I was also the gallery curator, programming monthly and bimonthly exhibitions supporting local, regional, national and international artists of all mediums. Truly a rich 8 years.

I have also taught visual art workshops and classes at the University, Community and High School levels. I currently teach visual arts classes for age 60 and over as well as Butoh Dance Theater for all adults at the Matt Dishman Community Center. Contact me if you are interested taking a class or in hosting a workshop!

I hold a Bachelors of Fine Art in Drawing/Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from Portland State University. (CV download link above.)

I've been studying and performing Butoh dance for over 20 years, recently taking the plunge into teaching. I've studied with some of the worlds best dancers including: Seisaku, Natsu Nakajima, Yumiko Yoshioka, Yuko Kaseki, Rianto, Mari Osani, Meshi Chaves, Denice Fujiwara, Akira Kasai and Andrew Forshee to name (more than) a few. Along with teaching a weekly drop in class, I'll be offering workshops for those who want to dive in deeper waters.

I'll add that for nearly 30 years I have been a fixture on the local music scene in Portland. I've made records, cds and cassettes as well as played gigs and festivals on both coasts. Currently I play guitar and sing in a long time metal project called Hail and percussion in Kertoa Kalevala as well as being the artistic director and dancer in Ash Pillar Butoh. There is a long list of the names of the bands I've been in, most driven by my whims, but most people remember me from the late 80's band the Hellcows.

My wife and I enjoy our 1928 Swedish bungalow in SE Portland.