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The Rhythms of Life

Music is something everyone can relate to; sound above the silence giving rhythm, harmony and meaning to our lives by expressing our emotions and outlook. Jeffrey Weston's work is ingrained with musical elements and those who play to live and express themselves. We see canvases filled with guitar players, trumpeters and troubadours who just have to play to exist.

His images are imbued with life, color and feeling and show many sides and shapes which come alive in our imagination and come together in cubist configurations. They exist for our pleasure and contemplation and our perception of them changes with the music we listen to while viewing them. They are expressions of the rhythms of life.

As a child growing up on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, Jeffrey was aware from a very young age that he was watching life's rhythms pass before his eyes.

Early on, he would close his eyes on the way to church and watch the staccato patterns of sunlight through passing trees create exciting patterns in his brain, building new creative pathways to his imagination.

At eight , Jeff's parents realized how near sighted he was and Jeff received his second sight. Shortly after leaving the opthomalogist he said, "Wow, there are leaves on the trees!"

Since them he has cherished the ability to have two different ways of seeing the world. When things are blurry or dimly lit it is easier to see the morphogenic radiation, light show that emanates off of all living matter. This is a visual reference and entrance into the awareness of pure consciousness which is multi - dimensional and where everywhere is the center of the universe.

From this time on Jeffrey knew this was natural and thought that everyone saw things this way. He says, "I see the same thing whether my eyes are open or shut and I can get really ecstatic just looking at dust on a car."

In 1969 Jeffrey entered the University of Oregon and his art carrier started to bloom. He majored in sculpture and minored in music and had a wonderful teacher in Jan Zack, a short Czechoslovakian sculptor who knew many of the cubist and other major artists who were alive in Europe during the early part of the 20th century and had left his country at the beginning of WWII.

Jan ended up as the head of the Sculpture department at the U of O and was fundamental in molding Jeff's artistic talents in a positive and constructive direction.

Jan didn't speak much English but one of his favorite saying was "Everyone needs a 'crap' detector." Meaning that we have to throw out the careless thoughts and constantly strive for higher and nobler images and concepts.

During this time Jeff became best friends with fellow Sculpture student, Kitrick Short and together, like Brauque and Picasso, they developed their own version of cubism which incorporated sound waves as a visual dialogue. For this brief period it was hard to tell who produced which paintings. Unlike those predecessors, no attention was paid to what we were doing then. Those were fun years, experimenting with all life had to offer and Jeff spent a total of ten years in the Eugene area before migrating back to Portland in 1979.

In 1974 Jeff had his first big showing of 100 pieces at a large upstairs showroom in a downtown Eugene store called Quackenbush's.

The most important outcome of the show was that he met Ray Eyerly who was having a rare show outside of the restaurant he always sold out of in Sisters, Oregon. His show was the next week after Jeff's and he was an older, landscape painter who's paintings sold for $30,000 - $40,000 and he gave Jeff a five minute lesson that changed his view on landscape painting forever. Jeff still gives this lesson to youngsters who have to promise not to tell anyone what they have learned for ten years. Like Jeff, their world view is forever changed and they draw, paint and see through much more refined eyes from that point on.

Ray is long gone but Jeffrey still loves to paint landscapes on location every summer and his style is somewhat like Van Gogh or Monet.

In 1981 he moved to Caldwell, Idaho to help his brother build and then run Weston Winery for several years. At the same time he developed a desire to be healthy and learn about health foods which has continues for thirty years.

All the time Jeff has filled more than sixty sketch books with ideas and written thoughts from which paintings, sculptures and philosophy have focused his accelerated development to where one finished work might emerge from 50 drawings. The results are a wide range of styles and directions which he says happens from exhausting a direction and then having something entirely new emerge. He says, "It's like my life and work are not circular but exist on a spiral where similar thoughts and forms reappear after being absent for years." His work is always very identifiable by a mastery of color, line texture and use of fractals. One might see anything from impressionistic reality to abstract and non-objective subjects.

Rock'in The Night Away 2009 World Ice Carving Championships
Third in Abstract 2009 IceAlaska.com

In early 1985 Jeff met Karen and in the fall they were married. They lived in Nampa and two years later they had Mary and every two years another child till four were included and after nine years they were out of diapers. Hurrah!!

In 1991 they managed to buy an old church up in the mountains in Cascade which started a small 18 years rebuilding project. Up the road a half hour is the resort town of McCall which hosts a Winter Carnival every year that needed snow sculptors. This was a perfect fit for Jeff as he actually got paid to build monumental sculptures out of snow. They also hosted the Idaho State Snow Sculpture Championship in McCall and this became a love and a driving force every year from the end of January through February. Along the way Jeffrey won the state tournament two times and placed 2nd at Nationals and won the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in 2005.

He has participated in National and International events as well. In 2008 he was asked to design and join a team going to Alaska for the World Ice carving Championships and he was hooked.

For the last three years his team has taken the bronze metal in the multi-block abstract division. In his own words, "Getting to work with ten six foot long blocks 40 by 36 inches of clear blue ice that each weigh up to 4,000 pounds and being allowed to use any and all kinds of power tools at minus twenty is about as good as it gets." Check out IceAlaska.com. "We get to weld and shape the ice and make things twenty feet tall and next year we are going to beat those Russians."

Karen had her first flare up with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 14. They married when she was 28 and Jeff always thought he would find a cure through nutrition but in the end it was not to be. She taught the children in home school until it was too much for her and then Jeff worked and taught them through the eighth grade when they started in public school. Wintertime was always a space filled with room to study.

Jeff always loved the art of the impressionists through the cubist periods the best and never really paid much attention to much of the newer art. He would say, "Much of it seems like mannerism without much spirit and is full of followers following followers." Many of his art books are filled with notes and cross references in the margins. As he grew as an artist he also grew as a care giver and spent six years taking care of Karen 24 hours a day. They were married 24 years and the last three years Karen was in a care center.

Sawtooth Autumn

All the while Jeff's work became deeper and more carefully constructed and thoughtful than ever. In the winters he did abstracts and snow sculptures and in the summer landscapes with some signs of mans' presence. Just before 9-11 he installed a huge four by eight foot painting called Sawtooth Autumn in the Idaho Governors Office. He was told its bright cheerfulness helped everyone get through that troubled time. It took him seven months to paint and he wore out the CD of the theme from Dances with Wolves while working on it.

Today with the children mostly grown he is able to get out around the country more and there is a lot more attention being paid to his work. Along the way he has had articles done about him in New York magazines, shown work in New York and Vegas, been seen in Art News, and participated in International Art Fairs like Art Expo.

He would be the first to tell a young artist, "Don't do what I did and spend 40 years in the wilderness. Go to a big city where people buy and collect art." But he also would tell you that "everything in the universe is exactly where it is supposed to be because it couldn't possibly be anyplace else."

Jeffrey’s work has been shown in galleries in ten states and has been seen in Art New for his abstract work. His work has been shown in New York City and he has exhibited in International Art Fairs such as Art Expo. He has a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Oregon and also does a cartoon strip entitled, The Deli Llama dedicated to raising spiritual awareness.

Main characters for The Deli Llama

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