Introducing the 2017-2018 Cascadia Artists in Residence.

Colleen RJC Bratton is a visual artist based in Seattle, Washington. Born in 1989, Bratton grew up in the temperate drylands of Eastern Washington. Using painting and found fabrics Bratton addresses the relationship between self and space over time. Compositional elements within her objects and installations serve as both representation of space and body and clues for an underlying internal dialogue. Bratton received her BA in Visual Arts from Seattle University in 2012. Her work has been shown widely in the Pacific Northwest. In 2016 Bratton attended the prestigious Vermont Studio Center and is returning again in the fall of 2017. She is a member of artist-run gallery SOIL. Colleen is paired with Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA.

Originally from Compton, California Aaron began singing on the praise team and in his church's choirs at the age of 9 years old. Aaron has led worship in some form at many different churches in the United States, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Germany. With a BM in Vocal Performance from Cornish College of the Arts, Aaron has developed a deep passion for music in many different languages and styles. Aaron also directs musical theater performances for youth. Aaron is paired with Union Church in Seattle, WA.

Amy is a visual artist from Vancouver, BC who works in a variety of medias including drawing, painting, printmaking and digital design. She graduated from Trinity Western University with a BA in Art + Design and a certification in teaching ESL. Amy enjoys the physicality of art making and emphasizes the process as much as the finished product. For Amy, this past year was spent working on a body of work that was influenced by teaching English to displaced Yazidi students in Iraqi Kurdistan. Amy is paired with University Hill Congregation in Vancouver, BC.

The notion of furniture design as the production of a static product is upended by the work of Portland artist Jason Rens. His pieces can be read as both prototypes and “finished” works, and often perform the roles of both useful furnishing and decorative sculptures. His studio is a part of the SuperMaker campus, an artist network which he founded in 2010 while a student at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. Clients include Dig A Pony, Ace Hotel, Holocene, OLO, Nationale, Osmose, Nike and Salt + Straw. In 2013 he was named to the Sight Unseen “American Design Hot List” and made his NYC debut at the NOHO Next Showcase during ICFF. His work has been featured in NY Times T Magazine, Cool Hunting, Nothing Major, Sight Unseen and *Wallpaper Magazine. Jason is paired with Imago Dei Community in Portland.

Elise Stephens uses adventure and mystery in her fiction to set stages for provocative questions. She counts authors Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, and Margaret Atwood among her literary mentors, and has studied under Orson Scott Card. Her work explores themes of beauty within imperfection and finding purpose after a great loss. Elise is paired with Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church in Seattle, WA.