To Love What You Paint, Paint What You Love
Recently my granddaughter was helping me organize my computer by filing my pictures into folders. She brought to my attention that almost all of my paintings were either of family, flowers, or views of nature from our Northern Michigan lake house. This is what I love and my most successful paintings are of subjects that are dear to my heart. By looking through eyes that see more and feel more emotional about the subject the artist can infuse those emotions into a painting.
I love to see soft colors, soft edges, impressionist paintings, and warm, clear colors. It shows in my work. In looking at a woodland I see with my eyes the realism and the many shades and hues of green, the warm and the cool colors, the compositional elements, and the beauty and complexity of the scene. But God created that scene and no mortal could ever duplicate that magnificence and grandeur. An artist can only try to capture the essence of what he sees and feels, the peacefulness, the tranquility, what it is that his moves him emotionally. So I will continue to paint what I love, paint what I see, with the warm soft colors, soft edges, and gentle contrasts. The painting is mine, the painting is me.
Polymer clay classes with Lilian Nichols
Exhibits, May 10th - July 7th
Mike Barret Kolasinski
Mike Barret Kolasinski is an acclaimed award-winning artist and nationally recognized pastelist. He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a Master Circle Member of the PaintAmerica Association, and a co-founding Board and Master Member of the Chicago Pastel Painters. Having studied Illustration and Design at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Mike is largely self-taught in his current career of producing fine art paintings called WildScapes.
Using the medium of soft pastel to achieve and understanding of the philosophy of nature as a whole and integral entity of ourselves, Mike Barret Kolasinki is a visual activist for nature.
Wanda Lee Dammeyer
Experience the magnificence of the American West in the stunning bronze sculptures by Wanda Lee Dammeyer.
Wildlife and nature photographer, Dan Swart, has combined his passion for photography and his love for wildlife and nature, creating a collection of photographs that capture the unique characteristics of animals in their natural settings and beauty. Many of the images in Dan's collection were captured in local rural areas, parks and reserves, the remainder are from his travels around the country.
Dan's mission is to present wildlife and nature photographs which inspire individuals to get outdoors and explore the wonderment of nature and wildlife, and enjoy its tranquility and beauty.
Tipp City Area Arts Council Student Art Contest
Reception and Awards Ceremony