This extensive body of work in painting, drawing, and collage by Eugene, Oregon-based artist Keith Achepohl was inspired by three weeks spent at the Morris Graves Foundation Artist Residency in 2011. In the years since, including a second stay at the residency in 2016, Achepohl produced nine distinct yet interrelated explorations of the plants and trees that he observed at Morris Graves' final home, “The Lake” in Loleta, California. Achepohl began this work with close studies of his subject matter (including skunk cabbage, water lilies, and pond irises). The finished works are, as he describes, “more fantasy than reality," ultimately presenting an intensely personal language of nature that developed from "from careful observation to mnemonic response."
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website