Reeva Wortel is an interdisciplinary artist who creates projects that combine painted portraits, interview techniques, performance and large-scale installation. Driven by a commitment to develop the technique of portraiture beyond its traditional limits, Wortel has worked in communities as a social justice advocate and artist, honing a technique to create portrait collections that narrate the stories of our time. It is a process that involves in-depth interviewing, photography, painting and installation. Wortel has been the recipient of several grants as a muralist, choreographer and installation artist . She has worked as a teaching artist in public and private schools in Oregon, New York and Louisiana. Wortel also works as a McMenamins painter illustrating the in-depth history of their properties through her paintings.