Amy Osborne’s art work from her early life sat in a box for decades.

“I started painting at 14 or 15, but nobody saw it,” Osborne said.

Instead, she kept all that finished and unfinished work in the back of her closet. Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTOS - Amy Osborne, who painted Original Spin, will be at a closing reception for her work at RoseSprings Center for the Healing Arts.

“There was quite a chunk of time I didn’t do art, except for some hand-painted Christmas cards,” she said.

Hillsboro’s RoseSprings Center for the Healing Arts will hold an end-of-show artist’s reception for Osborne from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

Her display features work from her early years as an artist to newly finished pieces she added to the show throughout its three-month run.

Then, a few years ago, she rediscovered her passion for painting.

She revisited a few of those early unfinished paintings and went on to create entirely new works fueled by a lifetime of work and family experience.

She’s raised twin daughters — her “masterpiece” — and works in sales support at Reprographics/Digital Imaging Supplies in northwest Portland.

Photographs and memories are often starting points for Osborne’s paintings, she said, with subject matter ranging from simple watercolor floral still-lifes to complex acrylic abstracts more evocative of feelings and impressions.

Facing her approaching 50th birthday, Osborne decided to celebrate with a gift to herself — an art show.

“It took bravery and guts,” she said. “I had to be fearless.”

So she rented a space, put out the word and even made the refreshments, and was delighted by the reaction of family and friends.

Since then, she’s been a featured artist at Yeon Frame Central in Portland, and donated her work for benefit auctions, including the Tualatin Riverkeepers Green Heron Gala last May.

“I love to see people’s response to my work,” said Osborne. “I’m always asking, ‘What does it make you think of?’ or ‘What does it remind you of?’”

She figures she’s done well if “people see something in my work and it tells them a story.”

She likes to experiment with colors and materials, and is experimenting with some new technology to create notecards and giclee, fine art digital prints. Osborne uses social media and the online store Etsy to promote and sell her work.

Osborne is a firm believer that “everyone should have an original piece of art in their home,” and sets her prices accordingly. Most range from $75 to $350. And she practices what she preaches, buying work from artists she especially likes.

One of the artist’s favorite part of the process of producing artwork is naming each piece, she said. Look for works called “Far Away,” “New River” and “Sienna Waters” at the RoseSprings Center show.

Osborne, a Tigard resident, was selected by RoseSprings’ new curator, Connye Corey, for the summer show, which is hung in the reception room and in gallery space adjacent to treatment and meeting rooms.

For more information about Osborne’s paintings, go to and search for “Amy Osborne Art,” or find her on Facebook.

Opening in mid-September, the center’s next three-month show will feature large acrylic paintings by the artist Paz of Portland.

All RoseSprings Center art exhibits are free and open to the public at 5215 N.E. Elam Young Parkway in Hillsboro. The building is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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