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Local artist shares pandemic painting with national online collection

KATU Portland logo KATU Portland 7/22/2020 KATU Staff

Some are journaling, some are taking photos, but one Portland artist is choosing to document his experience with the coronavirus pandemic by painting. 

Michael Orwick has joined a national movement known as The Great American Paint-In. It's an online clearing house where artists from across the country can share their work. 

A lot of the paintings are landscapes and nature scenes at a time when many people are spending time inside during quarantine. 

"It was a good experience, a good excuse to think of what's that supposed to mean? What does it mean to been an outdoor artist stuck inside? It's been really fun watching. I think they've got about 120 different paintings now," Orwick said. 

He said he submitted a painting of Beaverton Creek. It's near where he lives, so he figured getting out with a mask to paint it wasn't putting others at risk. 

Another local artist named Sandra Pearce is also on the site. You can see it for yourself at


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