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The Beaverton residents have art on display at The Beaverton Building at the Round through August



TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Terry Grant and her son-in-law Carlos Molina are both artists. Grant uses quilting as her medium, while Molina paints.A painting of a cracked and weathered hotel hangs beside the image of an Ecuadorian home. On first glance, they could be the creations of one artist — but further examination shows that where one was spun out of brush strokes and pigment, the other was formed with fabric and thread.

Terry Grant and her son-in-law, Carlos Molina, never intentionally collaborate with their art, but when their pieces hang side-by-side, it’s as if they undertook the creative process with the same theme and ideas in mind. Though each artist has a distinct style, their works play off each other fluidly and effortlessly.

“You can tell that we are related in our work,” said Molina, smiling.

“That’s his mother’s house in Ecuador, and he designed that house,” Grant said, referencing the small white facade she made that hangs next to Molina’s painting of the weathered hotel. “That’s kind of a collaboration, isn’t it?”

Through the end of August, Grant and Molina’s work will hang on the first floor of the Beaverton Building at the Round, open to the public for viewing. Many of the pieces represent buildings from Molina’s native Ecuador, re-imagined from various photos taken over the years. And while their styles share some similarities, the artists’ mediums differ greatly. Where Molina works on canvas with oil and acrylic paint, Grant stitches fabric together to create detailed quilts. But for each, their artistic journeys began way back in childhood — both recounted stories of drawing Mickey Mouse — and never stopped.

“You get involved in a project and it takes you out of everything else. It’s just a place you can go where you’re working on your own creation, and you’re not worrying about anything, and you’re watching something come to life,” said Grant. “It’s just a great feeling. I don’t know why everybody doesn’t do it.”

With two elementary school aged children at home, Molina, who is married to Grant’s daughter, understands the sentiment put forth by his mother-in-law. These days, he paints with every rare spare moment he gets and relishes the daily one hour of screen time his kids receive; that, he said, doubles as his painting time.

“That’s the part I like in art — you make your own decisions. ... You are totally free to do whatever you want, any subject,” said Molina, who speaks with the heavy accent of his native country. “Sometimes, you hear that there is nothing else to do in art, because everything has been done. But it’s not true. Always, there is something. Always.”

Currently an education assistant, Molina, 48, worked as an architect for years in Ecuador before moving to Beaverton in 2006. Today, his architecture training plays heavily into his art — a strong attention to detail, a love for old buildings, a realistic style that grounds itself in the earth. If it had been a more reliable choice, Molina said it’s likely he would have attempted a career as an artist. Instead, he opted for stability.

“I was thinking maybe it was what paid, you know?” he said, shaking his head. “I still think that I should have studied art — followed my heart.”

Similarly, after earning an art degree, Grant, 69, realized that a career as a professional painter and printmaker wasn’t the best fit, and ultimately made her career as a graphic artist.

Despite all that, it wasn’t until years after she left school that Grant stumbled upon quilting as art. After seeing an art quilt for the first time more than three decades ago, she attempted to make one herself and his been creating ever since. She loved both painting and sewing, and through this medium, she could marry the two.

Grant’s pieces range in size from postcard to poster and are often representations of buildings or landscapes, though she doesn’t shy away from the occasional portrait. Her studio — designed by Molina — is covered with various creations from over the years, all so intricate and detailed that it’s easy to forget they’re made with fabric, not paint.

“I think it’s the process more than the product that I’m after, just that experience of putting things together, seeing what happens when I do this and what happens when I do this,” she said. “And it’s a surprise, you know? It exists in your head only to a certain degree, and once you start working on it, things change.”

For both Grant and Molina, it’s this process that allows them to escape the stresses of everyday life. Through creation, they are able to stay themselves.

“It’s doing something that makes you feel alive,” Molina said. “It’s how I can express my feelings — through the painting.”

“I loved what Carlos just said — I hadn’t thought of it in this way, but it just makes you feel alive,” Grant added. “It makes you feel like you’re really participating in your own life.”TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Though Terry Grant and Carlos Molina have never intentionally collaborated, they've found that often, their artistic pieces play off each other.

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