Portland Artist Needs Your Help
I wanted to give you a little behind the scenes look at a story I did today with artist Jason Stewart. He recently loaned two of his pieces to the Lovecraft Bar
, which is a horror themed bar in Southeast Portland. He was wary at first because he thought the pieces would get stolen...and that's exactly what happened.
I first learned of this story thanks to an ad in the Willamette Week that Stewart had bought, pleading with the thief to return the pieces, no questions asked. I called Stewart and learned a little more about him that really touched me. The two pieces that were taken were two of his favorites. One actually belonged to his wife...he didn't actually paint it for her but she loved it so much she claimed ownership. I learned how much art means to Stewart...that even though these pieces aren't self-portraits exactly, there is always a piece of him in his artwork. He went on to tell me that when he learned the pieces had been stolen, it felt like part of his soul was taken. I am not an artist myself but when he told me how much his love for drawing means to him, and how it actually saved his life seven years ago when he was going through a really depressing time, it made me want to help. His story was featured on Portland's Morning News, you can also see the pieces here
, as well as get Stewart's contact information if you know anything about the missing pieces.
Hopefully you know something about this stolen art, and together we can help Jason Stewart.-Lacey