Bill Oyen, Artist

Bill Oyen, 2007 
I have experimented with many different art forms off and on for the last 40 years while working as an architect in Portland, Denver and Seattle, but it was not until the last few years, as I was approaching retirement, that I began to paint more seriously (although I certainly try not to take myself or my art too seriously). I was somewhat surprised to find that others enjoyed my work as well, which gave me the impetus to show my paintings publicly for the first time several years ago and I won some modest acclaim in my first two showings.  This gave me the encouragement I needed and the rest, as they say, is history.
Most of my current work is inspired by the traditional art forms of indigenous peoples from around the world, especially the art of the Kuna-Yala people of Central America, and the Australian aboriginal people. I am still learning something new with every new painting, and I can see my art changing and, I hope, growing over time.  

I set up this site primarily so that my friends and family could see what I have been doing.  Please excuse the quality of the photography.  I do it myself, and sometimes it is not quite up to what I would like it to be.  Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about any of my paintings.
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