(Registration now available)

My Portrait Painting Workshop will take place October 14 & 15 at Emerald Art Center in Springfield.

Students will use oil paints to create a portrait of their own choosing! We will work with digital and traditional tools and techniques to capture likeness and express feeling. The approach will begin loose and monochromatic, working on drawing principles, and later adding color and expression. All materials provided! Limit 6 students to ensure lots of one-on-one time.

There will be easels, disposable palettes, brushes (about 5 different synthetic flat, round and angled for each person), paint, Gamsol, safflower oil, rags, odorless mineral spirits (for cleanup), 11x14" canvas for each person to work with. You are welcome to bring your own supplies as well. I will email each student to confirm registration and send instructions about photo references. Register here via Emerald Art Center's class form.


I enjoy painting a variety of subjects, from figurative, portraits and pets to landscapes. When working on a commission, getting to know the people I'm painting is an integral part of my process, as I am curious and drawn to stories and people. I need a few photos and a conversation, either by phone, in-person, zoom or email, and from there I will let the lay out the process, timeline and discuss delivery options.

Estimated Fees for Oil Paintings:
11×14 $200-275
16×20 $300-450
18×24 $450-575
22×28 $550-700

Larger sizes available upon request.

Commissions will vary depending on subject matter, background and overall complexity. These estimated rates are for a single subject and not for group portraits or figures. A downpayment of $100 is required and payment plans are accepted. Please feel free to send me a text or email if you're thinking about commissioning a painting, or to share comments or ask questions about my work!

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Uyen-thi (T) Nguyen is an Oregon-based artist living in the rural town of Cottage Grove, where friendly strangers sometimes hop on your shoulder as you’re walking home. She is a recipient of several grants and awards, including the Award of Excellence and People’s Choice Award at the 17th Annual National Juried Spring Exhibition at Emerald Art Center and the Oregon Arts Commission Artist Resiliency Grant. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and Portland, Oregon, as well as in small cities throughout the state and U.S. Her artistic practice focuses on the following statement:

What does it feel like? In my best days, I remember to ask this question and listen for an answer. All things alive feel. This is my work. To discover the relationships that are interlaced between within and around us each. Sometimes the exploration reveals dark places, sometimes I simply bask in the ten thousand pretty things. I paint to express the inner world within exterior avatars, our human condition, the beauty and life around me.

Nguyen teaches and coordinates arts instruction at Emerald Art Center, volunteers on the Springfield Arts Commission, is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Lane County, the New Zone Gallery Artists Collective, and Eugene Figurative Arts Group. Figure drawing is at the heart of her practice.

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