'Celestial Birds' (oil) by Len Dickson

Len Dickson

A "starving artist" in the '70s, Len Dickson gave up on the arts to pursue a career with a regular payday. Now, nearly 40 years later, he proves he's still got it.

In 2011, the Eagle Point artist and retiree began painting again. He watched instructional videos on YouTube and took lessons from Mount Shasta, Calif., painter Stefan Baumann and Ashland artist Ryan Moon.

His oil paintings are marked by bright colors, rich tones and abstract elements. Landscapes are his focus, but he's recently taken an interest in the abstract.

Dickson's paintings are displayed at GoodBean Cafe, 3240 Hillcrest Park Road, Medford; the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St.; and Selectemp Employment Services, 2009 Aero Drive, Medford. He also will be showing from mid-February through March at Hilltop Gallery, 859B Mountain Meadows Drive, Ashland.

To view more of his works, see www.grasshopperspallet.com.

— Teresa Thomas

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