Spike Palmer attempts to answer questions when he paints. Inspiration strikes him whenever he sees something he deems wondrous, beautiful or mysterious. For the Camas resident, the mystery lies in the attraction of what he sees, and the ensuing painting is an investigation into that mystery.
“I try to let the world in,” Palmer said. “Whatever strikes my fancy I start to paint, just to understand why I like it. Why do I like these trees so much? If I paint them and spend hours and hours with them, I learn a little bit more about them.”
The work of Palmer and 18 other artists will be featured at the 2021 Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance’s (WACA) 2021 Washougal Arts Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Reflection Plaza in Washougal.
Palmer is excited to return to the event after participating for the first time in 2020.
“Last year (the festival) was a juried exhibition, so I sent in a bunch of my pictures and they were accepted. But since (the organizers) didn’t have an actual, physical festival, they said, ‘We’ll invite you back this next year,'” Palmer said. “I’m new to the Camas-Washougal area, and I just wanted to be part of the community. (Last year’s festival) went really well, so I was actually looking forward to doing (it again). It’s always great to get the art out for people to see, as many people as you can. And people are fascinated with the creative process, so it’s cool for them to have a little peek into it.”