Portland embraces art and has an eclectic style. Creative types feel inspired by Portland. A native and creative, Ursula Barton captures two of Portland’s most iconic descriptors, bridges and rain, in her watercolor series entitled: Rainy City. Ursula, her story and her art represent Portland beyond a city known for it’s bridges and rain. Ursula represents the moxie of Portland, the boldness and courage to create a livelihood doing what you love.
A joint venture with a photographer took her to all 50 states and solidified her notion that travel, observing people, painting and using art as a language was how she wanted to spend the rest of her days. Her website has the detailed images she painted documenting her travels and their colorful back-stories. The paintings and back-stories take you on a lively journey well worth a hour or two of you day.
An artists residence in New York City supplied her and her followers with beautiful new bridges and cityscapes to ogle at. People of Interest is a category on her website comprised of a collection of mixed media caricature portraits of people in the public eye. Her greeting card line, postcards and prints are available in boutiques throughout the city and through her Etsy shop. If you’re in Portland, Ursula’s murals can be seen at the Daily Cafe in the The Pearl, Racion downtown, The Rose Lounge in Old Town and inside The Goldsmith Building, visible from Couch St between 5th & 6th Ave.
A big thank you goes out to Ursula for allowing me to use her cityscape entitled: Fremont Bridge as a part of my website imagery. The Fremont Bridge holds a sweet spot for me, this bridge could be seen from the roof of my first apartment in Portland and as a “girl on the go” I’ve traveled across that bridge often. I couldn’t be more smitten that this depiction of The Fremont Bridge is now a part of my creative endeavors!
Be sure to peruse all of Ursula’s work on her website. Some of my favorites are: