Artwork / 2007

In 2007 my approach to painting developed in several ways. For one thing, I made an important change in my style. I began experimenting with including background images in my portraits in 2006 with pieces like this one, and in 2007 this evolution of my work made a splash with my conceptual series, Swollen.

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel with her partner David Vanadia
photo by Annie Seemel

And the growth continued with the invention of an entirely new way of working: my You Bags! This self-portrait tote is the first of my hand-painted bags.

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel in her basement studio, photo by Stephanie Yao
photo by Stephanie Yao with The Oregonian

Still, the most exciting shift came owards the end of the year, when I traded in this large basement studio space for a smaller brighter one. The new space was filled with light, both because it was on the fifth floor of a building and also because it was part of the first home I shared with my partner!