Christopher Mooney enjoys hiking and walking around the city with his camera, stepping off the sidewalk to get a different perspective of the city and its bridges. He uses the photos as references when he creates his original oil paintings.
He received a grant in 2014 from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) to fund Tributes: Portraits of Working Heroes of the new Tilikum Crossing, the Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge. With the grant he created a visual artistic record of the process to build Tilikum Crossing.
He recently attended The Hellene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico as an artist in residency. “Artists are given studios, time away from home, and the chance to explore Northern New Mexico. While visiting and exploring the area, I discovered the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge…locally known as the “Gorge Bridge” and the “High Bridge.” The magnificent structure boasts a steel deck arch bridge spanning the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. There was nothing between me, my camera, and a 650-foot drop into the gorge except a chest-high guardrail! It gave me a new and unusual point of view. The experience was much like stepping off the sidewalk and seeing the beauty and connection across a terrain with sunlight and shadows never seen before. The photographic references were used to create large scale paintings.”
If you want to see the paintings Christopher created after this exciting opportunity, and his wonderful Portland bridge paintings, be sure to stop by his studio in October.