Piece description from the artist
This print is included in a special collection that I made to mark my 40th birthday. It is a selection of 40 places all across North America that I either have a personal connection to, or is somewhere I want to go (aka bucket list). Turning 40 in 2020 was a surreal experience and I wanted to make something to celebrate life’s adventures-and a reminder to cherish every moment.
Inspired by cool days sitting by the cool Atlantic waters, this piece captures some of the energy of the city with the bright blue and cool cream. Portland is a city of old brick factories – Some of the reds and browns in this piece are inspired by those buildings. Remember your trip to this lovely city with this print.
Jennifer Carland is an artist who works with mixed media to create abstracted versions of aerial views and city maps. The work that she creates is loosely based on real geography and is abstracted so that the shapes, line, and color of the maps are altered to create a unique piece of artwork, showing an artistic representation of a real place.
Jennifer works with a variety of artistic materials and is fascinated by aerial views of the world around her. Each finished piece that she creates is of a map carefully selected for its geographical attributes and visual appeal then altered to create a unique piece of artwork. The finished product is a combination of hand-drawn and digitally altered images with many layers of colors and textures. The focus of her work is on interpreting the lines and shapes of a city map and changing the purpose of a map from utilitarian to conceptual. She intends to make the viewer think about their own place in relation to what is around them and appreciate the beauty in both the built and natural environments.