Jack Portland’s artwork seems everywhere in his hometown. A new fresco at St. Philip Neri joins the enormous Provincial Narrative at the international gates at PDX, Urban Landscape at the SE police station, the county courthouse and a rackful of oils at Laura Russo. (He was one of the first artists to join Arlene Schnitzer’s Fountain Gallery, one of the first showplaces of Portland painters and sculptors.)

Portland (the city) has a handful of weekly papers which are terrifically easy to overlook if you’re not in the niche, and the Catholic Sentinel is one. Say what you like about their supernatural delusions, it’s always a curious read.

This week the Sentinel highlights Jack Portland’s new fresco at St. Philip NeriArtist returned to life with the most difficult of paintings. The narrative tells how Portland has been spending half of each year in Italy painting frescos, and how a recent health crisis altered his artwork. Illuminating.

Portland (the man) was highlighted recently on Oregon ArtBeat.

Considering masters of Catholic symbolism and dream imagery – See – Italy Loses Fra Angelico Altarpieces, Again