Shining the Spotlight on Local Artists
We will dedicate prime property on our website to feature a local artist willing to share their work with our community. We will give first priority to artists living or working on or near Alberta Street.
FEATURED ARTIST: aaron trotter
Since first released in November 2010, I’ve distributed thousands of handcrafted, locally produced decks across the country.
Originally, I started drawing Portland scenes to be made into greeting cards, postcards, calendars and coloring books. Eventually, I had sketched over 200 landmarks and neighborhood places and decided I needed a new way to showcase these illustrations. I thought of playing cards because they easily showcase 54 images (jokers too) and lend themselves to being tangible and accessible art, both in touch and price.
My drawings celebrate history and place in an old-fashioned spirit that is influenced by the Renaissance etchings of Albrecht Durer and Andreas Mantegna. William Morris, Howard Pyle, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, including the Pre-Raphaelites, have inspired my sense of design.
By drawing on-site, I become a participant of each location. An average sketch takes an hour and I usually pin down the initial sketch within a few tries. However, sometimes I abandon the location, defeated, maybe to return later. Once I have the initial sketch, I return to my studio to embellish and crosshatch the details using my Great-Aunt Ethel’s 1910 ink pen. When the images are ready we send them to our local printer, City Graphics. The cards are printed on UV coated stock, have rounded corners and are shrink wrapped in a custom designed box that opens like a book.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is really not about playing cards. It’s about Art. Even if you don’t play them, you can still hold them in your hands and shuffle the deck. They can be arranged, displayed or framed in different ways that honor your favorite places.
My Travels In Art Blog: travelsinart.wordpress.com
Click here to learn more about the Only on Alberta card deck Aaron is working on and reserve your card today!
Aaron’s studio is located at 1627 NE Alberta Street; Portland, OR 97211. To contact Aaron visit illustratedplayingcards.com.
Become our next featured artist: Please submit your artwork by the 15th of the month in electronic format to Alberta Main Street.
Please include the following to be considered as our next Featured Artist:
- Photo of art work, scaleable to about 140px x 270px (vertical)
- A short bio 100 – 150 words
- Affiliation with Alberta Street, i.e. live in the neighborhood, have a studio here, etc.
Your artwork will show up on the right sidebar on almost every page of our website.