Barry Lavoie

LaVoie Painting Two LaVoie Painting OneSeeing beauty and potential in discarded objects is just the beginning of Eugene painter Barry LaVoie’s gifts. Out On a Limb gallery calls his work “extraordinary”.

Heavy pigment, often applied to black canvas, creates bold impressions. He uses found objects and thrift store castoffs as well as large brushes to apply fluid acrylic. The technique is unusual; the geometric and dynamic art LaVoie creates is unique. His vivid and captivating paintings are on display at Out On a Limb at 191 East Broadway.

LaVoie relocated to Oregon from Boston. He spent time in Portland, Oregon, and ten years in Bandon, Oregon, working at an art gallery there. He and his wife, an acupuncturist, now live in Eugene. The culture and community have kept them here. Some family members have even followed them to the area.

While he spends daylight hours painting, LaVoie gives his evening hours to his job at ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning. He works at the US Bank Tower and Palo Alto Software. “Barry is such an asset to our team,” said Heather Hatcher. “His attention to detail and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done right are awesome.”

“And he is just a great person,” she continued. “Everyone on his team enjoys working with him.”

“I love the evening schedule,” he said, because it leaves his days free to paint and have studio time when the sun is shining.

To view his work locally, visit Out On a Limb gallery or his website at