Our first place painting: North Umpqua Narrows by Susan Rudisill

This painting was done at the ancient fishing grounds of the North Umpqua Narrows, where humans have chased salmon and steelhead for over 7000 years. At the peak of the spring run, fish were jumping like popcorn. The raw energy of the moment set the pace, and the drama of hooking, landing, and netting a fierce salmon is riveting. I had spent many hours here, sketching and painting today’s community of fishermen and women, getting to know some of them in the process. Some families bring picnics and have small campfires on the rocks. Parents teach their children to fish, guys their girlfriends. Very elderly men are assisted by sons or grandsons. With the rugged geology of the narrow canyon as a backdrop, I felt that I could see back through time, sensing the presence of the first people whose village was just around the bend.Susan Rudisill

Susan Rudisill is the winner of our Gamblin gift set.

Gallery of selected artists who participated in the contest:

Janet Viceri This is my painting Cannon Beach. My boyfriend, who is now my husband, brought me here when I was being treated for leukemia. I fell asleep listening to the ocean. I tear up every time I go back.more
Tracy Leagjeld I am a printmaker/ painter born and raised in Bend Oregon. My goal as an artist is to share my love of the PNW through my artwork.
Mark Smith As an Art Education student at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, I was often struck by how similar the landscape of the Coast Range was to the clouds. My painting is titled "Willamette Rainbow."more
Lauri Borer My first painting to sell after moving from Florida to the Great Northwest! It was purchased by a Swedish tourist who wanted something to remind her how it felt during her trip to the Oregon coast.more
Josef Dieckman I used a photograph of my wife and daughter walking on Bastendorff beach outside Coos Bay for this picture.
Bruce Conkle Re-imagining a postcard view of Mt Hood from Washington Park.
Paul Zegers "Streetcar Triptych" 48"x108" oil on stretched canvas. While walking along NW 11th in Portland after an evening rain, I was attracted by the reflected lights. I grabbed a photo with my phone and later painted the image across 3 canvas panels that I bolted together to create a large triptych.more

Thank you to all of our readers who submitted their Oregon-themed artwork! Your creativity inspires us!

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