“Out in the world not much happened, but here in the special night, a land bricked with paper and leather anything might happen” – Ray Bradbury
I’ve been working on the below project on and off for a couple of years now. It was nearly more difficult to make these 2 dimensional images of people I know so well versus strangers. In the end – I realized that it isn’t so much about making each person look exactly as they do but rather creating a piece that represents my family as a whole. My granddaddy Jimmy and my grandmother Francis taught their children to live with love and laughter – something they then taught to all us grandkids. I’m so very proud to be a member of McAtee family.
Last year I did a commissioned piece for a lovely new brewery that opened in Bend, Oregon : Crux Fermentation. The project was to make 50+ individual portraits of the village of people that put together this business. The people of Crux were kind and fun, and those qualities certainly shine through in the business that they created.
All in all, I was pleased with the majority of the pieces I created – Below are a handful of the images from this project – and if you are ever in Bend do stop by a Crux, drink some beer, eat some food and say hi to my little paper people.
“if I were Jonah, tossed into the raging sea
I would not fear the whale that came to swallow me”
-handsome family lyric