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Kelli MacConnell is a linocut printmaker based in Portland, OR. Inspired by the raw beauty of the natural world, MacConnell is dedicated to exploring the endless possibilities of printmaking and creating original, introspective art hoping that it will speak beyond the frame, fostering a healthier relationship between humans and nature.

Prints

Giant Redwood
Ponderosa Pine
Western Cedar
Douglas Fir
Cirrus
Bristlecone Pine
Betula Gold
Betula Green
Betula Red
Morning Bay
Betula
Madrone
Hidden Falls
Morning Bay
Bayocean Spit
Grove
Windswept Bluff
Whitebark Pine
Eagle Cap
Juniper
Oregon City Bridge
Hazelnut Orchard
Autumn Gold
Autumn Red
Willow
Stand III
Creekside
Windswept II
Twilight, South Bluff
Mt. View Cemetery
Paradise Park
St. Johns Bridge
Willamette Falls
Oregon City Bridge
Coast
Coast
Glacier Lake
Simpson Reef
Sentinel Peak
Twisted Tree
Cloud Mountain I
Cloud Mountain II
Cloud Mountain
Alpine Meadow
Alpine Meadow
Ponderosa
Cedar
Quercus
Fir
The Wallowas II
Magnolia
Stand II
Stand
Trout Lake
Willamette River
Sunrise
Aspen Grove
Gorge
Tree Line
White Oak

Greeting Cards

These 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ blank cards are perfect for any occasion. Each pack includes three cards and envelopes.

Packs are $8 individually, $6 each when purchasing five or more.

Snowfall I Card Image
Snowfall I
Image from original scratchboard
Light Cream Paper
Natural Color Envelopes
Snowfall II Card Image
Snowfall II
Image from original linocut
Light Cream Paper
Natural Color Envelopes
Snowfall III Card Image
Snowfall III
Image from original scratchboard
Light Cream Paper
Natural Color Envelopes
Snowfall IV Card Image
Snowfall IV
Image from original linocut
Light Cream Paper
Natural Color Envelopes
Alpine Meadow Card Image
Alpine Meadow
Detail of original linocut
White Paper
White Envelopes
Bayocean Spit Card Image
Bayocean Spit
Detail of original linocut
White Paper
White Envelopes
Betula Card Image
Betula
Detail of original linocut
White Paper
White Envelopes
Hazelnut Orchard Card Image
Hazelnut Orchard
Detail of original linocut
White Paper
White Envelopes
Hidden Falls Card Image
Hidden Falls
Detail of original linocut
White Paper
White Envelopes
Madrone Card Image
Madrone
Detail of original linocut
White Paper
White Envelopes

Kelli MacConnell

Artist Statement

People ask, “Why a print, why not a painting?” On one hand, I enjoy the act of using tools to shape something, but much of the joy rests within the surprise factor—the mystery that unfolds while printing each piece. The many unpredictable factors involved with this art, and its spontaneous process that demands energy, improvisation, gesture, expressiveness, and directness, all contribute to my enduring love for this medium.

My current body of work focuses on the expansive, diverse environment of the Pacific Northwest Landscape. With the simple use of contrast and minimal color, as well as line manipulation, I strive to create exhilarating compositions inspired by the natural world.

– Kelli MacConnell

Biography

Kelli MacConnell was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. As an avid hiker and adventure-seeking Midwest girl, she made her way to Portland in 2006. She became enchanted by the arts as a child and has always expressed a love for drawing and painting, but it wasn’t until studying art at Portland State University that she discovered her passion for printmaking. MacConnell received her BFA with a focus in printmaking in 2012 and enthusiastically began showing her work. Within a couple years of graduating, she made the transition to a working printmaker and has since been enjoying life as a full-time artist and mother.

MacConnell’s prints can be found in private collections, galleries and publications worldwide. She also participates in some of the nation’s premier fine art and crafts shows. MacConnell serves on the board of Portland’s Art in the Pearl, and often mentors local emerging artists. She is currently represented by RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, OR and Guardino Gallery in Portland, OR.

Currently, MacConnell is dedicated to exploring the endless possibilities of printmaking and creating original, introspective art in hopes that it will speak beyond the frame, fostering a healthier relationship between humans and nature.

Education

BFA in Printmaking
Portland State University 2012

Solo Exhibitions

2015

  • Timberland / RiverSea Gallery, Astoria, OR
  • Timberland: Meditations on the Northwest Landscape / Buckley Center Gallery at University of Portland, OR

2014

  • Glyph Cafe and Art Space, Portland, OR
  • Between Land and Sky / 12×16 Gallery, Portland, OR
  • Florence Event Center / Gallery One, Florence, OR

2013

  • Old Portland Hardware & Architectural
  • Natural Reliefs / The Fireplace Gallery at Mt. Hood Community College, Portland, OR
  • The City Hall of Oregon City, OR

2012

  • Dwell Reality, Portland, OR

Selected Juried Art Fairs and Group Exhibitions

2015

  • Art in the Pearl / Portland, OR
  • Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair / Bellevue, WA
  • Art in the High Desert / Bend, OR
  • Salem Art Fair / Salem, OR
  • Art in the Park / Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR

2014

  • Art in the Pearl / Portland, OR
  • Art in the High Desert / Bend, OR
  • Salem Art Fair / Salem, OR
  • Art in the Park / Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR

2013

  • Art in the Park / Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Monotype Guild of New England’s Third National Monotype and Monoprint Juried Exhibition / Barrington Center for the Arts, Wenham, MA
  • Inside Outside, The Spaces Between / Oregon Artist Showcase 2013, Parish Gallery, Newberg, OR

2012

  • 5th Print Makers Mode / Ciao Gallery, Jackson, ID

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

  • Love in Print / Bite Studio, Portland, OR
  • Prints, Prints and More Prints / Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR

2014

  • Maker’s Dozen / The People’s Art of Portland Gallery

2013

  • The Pines Vineyard and Winery Art Gallery, Hood River, OR

2012

  • Cultivate / Evolve Gallery, Portland, OR

Published Works

2015

  • Design for the Salem Art Fair and Festval Poster and Memorabilia

2013

  • St. John’s Bridge / PDX Magazine, Cover, No. 2, November 2013

Volunteer

2015 – Present

  • Publicity Team Member / Art in the Pearl Board of Directors

The Process

Relief Printmaking

Linocut is a variation of woodcut printmaking. A sheet of linoleum, often mounted on a wooden block, is used for the relief surface. A design is carved into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel, or gouge. This leaves the raised, un-carved areas to represent a mirror image of the final composition. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller called a brayer, and then carefully impressed onto paper. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

My prints are of—or influenced by—places that I have visited. The story of my experience with these sites unfolds as I carve. I use printmaking to develop a new and more conscious understanding of the subtleties found in these natural spaces.

The Process

My process of transforming my experience into a print involves reversing the image from my sketches onto the relief surface, then carving away the negative space. My work is printed primarily in black oil-based ink. Occasionally I will make use of simple color gradients to gently alter the mood. After the block is complete, I usually pull a few “proof prints” before proceeding with the series. These proofs are unique in that they are the very first prints pulled from a new carving. As such, they often contain experimentation with image and color that is not replicated in subsequent editions. I typically utilize a printing press in order to take advantage of the resultant embossing effect, a product of the machine’s enormous pressure. The final prints that make up the edition are printed using either Arches or Stonehenge acid-free cotton paper.

The Frames

Custom Framing

So much more than a means of preserving your print, these meticulously crafted frames are custom made from start to finish in our modest Portland, Or woodshop. Through careful lumber selection, milling, sanding and finishing, we reveal the beauty hidden within the wood. Commonly acknowledged as a piece of art in their own right, our frames truly embody the ethos of the work they preserve.

Lumber

The lumber for these frames is primarily locally sourced salvaged material. We are lucky to have forged relationships with local construction professionals in order to get advance notice of pending demolition or remodels so we can give new life to wood destined for the landfill.  More often than not, the quality of lumber removed from these structures is simply not available elsewhere.  A bulk of these boards are old growth fir, western red cedar, hemlock, and redwood, common building materials of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Years of service and interaction with humanity have contributed to an impressive patina that only time can apply. Additionally we are able to make great use of the surplus and off-fall that most production shops create in profusion, yielding us a wide variety of quality material. On occasion we have clients with specific needs regarding wood type, if new lumber is the solution we opt for FSC certified boards whenever possible.

Construction

Most commonly available custom frames are constructed from mass-produced molding sticks of questionable pedigree, held together with a spot of glue and a few v-nails. All of our frames start as a chunk of solid wood. We take time to find just the right board and carefully lay out each piece to find the frame within the board. Furniture grade mortise and tenon joinery ensures the corners stay tight for future generations to enjoy. The “closed-corner”approach, sanding and finishing after assembly, yields a strength and finish superior to frames assembled with prefinished material. Often, certain projects beg for a frame that departs from a traditional mitered corner. Not only do we offer a variety of craftsman style frames, but our 20 years of furniture and cabinetmaking experience will ensure that no matter your idea or design, no matter your concept, we can bring it thoughtfully to fruition. A stroll through our frames gallery will give you a glimpse into the possibilities for your project.

Finishing

While typically using only a clear oil blend to enhance the wood’s natural color, we  are able to dye, stain or paint a frame to your specifications. When it comes time to apply finish, we proudly hand apply and hand buff products from Heritage Natural Finishes, a non-toxic non-petroleum blend of linseed oil, tung oil, beeswax, pine rosin, and cold press orange oil.

Framing

We typically frame our prints with a “floating” framing style leaving the edges of the work exposed in order to highlight the torn or “deckled” edge of the paper. Floating on glass dramatically accentuates the textural nature of the prints, presenting more as artifact than art. Framing with mat is also an option. 99% uv blocking conservation clear glass,  and use of archival tapes and adhesives is standard with all of our frames. Throughout the entire process we strive to incorporate only the best materials available.

Stewardship

Environmental stewardship and responsibility is intrinsic to what we do. A great effort is made to use every bit of material possible, minimizing waste with the Japanese idea of mottainai. The small bits of wood left over from roughing out the frames go to heat our home in the winter, the chips produced by the miter chopper are repurposed as mulch for our garden. All of the electricity for our woodshop and studio is from renewable sources. We believe every decision counts and we vote with our dollar with every purchase we make, so it only makes sense to support vendors and suppliers that share our regard for this planet.

Exhibitions

Gallery Representation

Regional Shows

Art Fairs

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Salem Art Fair & Festival
July 20-22
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BAM ARTSfair
July 27-29
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Art in the High Desert
August 24-26
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Art in the Pearl
September 1-3
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Portland Open Studios
October 13-14, 20-21
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Sitka Art Invitational
November 3-4
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Wild Arts Festival
November 17-18

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