Thursday, September 29, 2016

Some new and old work.

This afternoons folly. 72x18. I will gradually add opacity and shift colors.
This one is 16x16 and one of my favorite quick and simple ones. Only took two years;)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Robert Canaga Installs Oregon Bounty Exhibit at Oregon State Capitol

Robert Canaga Installs Oregon Bounty Exhibit at Oregon State Capitol

Salem, Ore. – “Oregon Bounty” an art exhibit comprised of large oils and wax on linen mounted on American Easel panels (made in Salem) will be displayed at the Oregon State Capitol West Galleria from August 23 to October 20, 2017. The art, by Eugene-based artist Robert Canaga, depict Oregon vineyard landscapes and represent an understanding of terrior – how environmental factors play a part in crop’s epigenetic qualities. This exhibit aligns with the Capitol’s October 8 event titled “Oregon’s Bounty: A Celebration of the Harvest.”
Canaga has done a lot of work in Southern Oregon and his solo exhibit at the Coos Art Museum landed him a space in their permanent collection which is how he came to be selected to exhibit at the Capitol. This exhibit also fulfills a lifelong dream of Canaga to see his professional works at the Capitol.

“The reason it has been such a dream is that Gov. Tom McCall had one of my watercolors in his office in 1968,” Canaga explains. He had sent it to the Governor when he was just a child and remembers seeing it on the wall of his office in a photograph.

Canaga was born in Oregon and is known as one of the state’s most experimental printmakers. He currently focuses on abstract painting in oil, raw pigments and wax. His involvement in the arts community spans decades. He is current chair of Travel Lane County, and former curator at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene and at Opus6IX Gallery. His work is collected nationally. Canaga is also owner of Robert Canaga Studio in Eugene. More information about the artist can be found at

Canaga will be available to meet during an artist’s reception at the Capitol on Thursday, September 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information about the “Oregon Bounty” exhibit, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit The exhibit is free and open to the public during building hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays. Parking around the Capitol is metered.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Anam Cara Cellars Show

New show of my Vineyard paintings is now up at Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg through August 19th. All work is oil and cold wax on mounted or stretched linen
"Bench Lands" 30x60
"In Vinia III" 60x30
I had the pleasure of meeting Shilla and Nick back in 208 while gathering wines for  Oregon Mozart Players (one bottle from nearly every vineyard in Oregon), I drove up the the farm house and met her and the dogs, had a nice shat then headed out to gather more wines. Each time I tasted a wine, met someone new, or visited a winery, I would make a link back to their site and if possible, write tasting notes.
I collected my one bottle from her for three years and kept in touch.
Last year they came down to Eugene to take part in the Oregon Truffle Festival and show their wines at the Sunday afternoon event at the Hilton Hotel.

 My large paintings have been on the walls there for many years and she saw my name. She really had no idea what I did besides drive around gathering wine so it was a bit of a surprise to see the name! My wife and I came and tasted and Shiella ask about my paintings. From there we decided to do a show.
The paintings I did for Anam Cara Cellars will be featured as the first  art show at the Oregon State Capital from August 21-October 22.


Busy month! All of these sold in the last two weeks!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Taking a Mental Break

I love doing at least one painting once in a while that is nothing like my other work. Good therapy.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Slight and Not So Slight Changes

I took an older 30x60 panel and after under-painting over the original image, painted a new work. I was surprised at how dense the paint looks as it is very thin layers of oil and wax.

 This one always bothered me during the last show as the red was so intense and did not let the other colors have their own importance so I muted the red, added a new green lightly over the greens, and toned down the clouds so that the white along the bottom comes forward.