How do you feel about your house becoming a destination for Portlanders?
I have a front-facing garage door that I keep open when I’m working, and I’ve met countless people who feel comfortable saying “hello” as they walk by. Portland is such an inviting city. When I first moved here, I feel like the city adopted me. It is such a wonderful place. It’s got a lot of warmth, and it makes me feel all mushy inside. This neighborhood used to have goats, and it was so much fun to walk by and see them. It made an evening walk twice as fun. Those goats aren’t here anymore, and I like to think that when this garage door is open, it gives people a reason to walk down this block. There are so many great things about where we live and an appreciation for these types of things.
How does it feel to be part of the “Keep Portland Weird” community?
Being embraced as part of why Portland is weird is a badge of honor that I think I’ll always wear. I’d be lying if I said the “Keep Portland Weird” motto wasn’t part of the reason why I moved here. I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and it wasn’t that weird, to be honest. If you do some digging into what makes Portland weird, you uncover people like the “Unipiper.” It’s so fun that someone can ride a unicycle, wear a Darth Vader Mask, and make a partial living doing that. It's so great that we live in a city that allows for those things to happen. I’m doing this full time now, and that’s ridiculous.
How do your art scavenger hunts work?
If someone is looking at my Instagram stories to find a piece of art, I want to make sure they can find it. I like to hide them in really specific places. I will share clues to get people in the area, and you’ll have to watch my stories to find ‘behind which tree is the piece hiding’ or ‘next to what shed is it tucked away.’ I’ll slowly chisel away at the exact location.