Session Two Artists

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Helen Knaupp - Watercolor

A native of Portland, Oregon, I graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1971 with a bachelors of Fine Arts Degree and have been exhibiting and making art ever since. I have had my work in many galleries and participated in many exhibitions within the United States and Europe. My medium for the last 25 years has been water color. I consider myself a colorist and enjoy telling stories with my paintings. Although my subject material has changed throughout the years, my work has been influenced by my childhood. I grew up in a family that encouraged exploration of the natural world and they also exposed me to many cultures. I was an avid bird watcher and entomologist, and now my love of nature has continued into my adult life. 

I primarily work with a handmade watercolor paper and I use watercolors in a very non-traditional manner. I like to scrub the surface, layer the paint and use white as well as metallic gouaches. 


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Pat Brame - Potter

Pat has retired from 38 years in teaching, mostly in Oregon, and mostly pottery after moving to St. Helens, Oregon in 1980. He joined the Oregon Potters’ Association…mainly to access used equipment and materials as he struggled to build the St. Helens High School program. In addition to equipment, the access to other artists, their work and methods helped the program thrive.

In retirement, Brame continues to be an active potter with his own home studio, as well as still helping at the high school, and teaching small classes in his home facility two nights a week.

His work is predominately stoneware; dinner-ware pieces are microwaveable and dishwasher-safe. His motifs include some of the flora and fauna found in the northwest…and a few pirate pieces for some of the shows he attends at the coast.

You can see more of his work at the following sites: www.pbpottery.blogspot.com and PBPottery on Facebook.