Featured Artist: Michael Orwick!

Cannon Beach View by Michael Orwick 30x40x2  Oil on Canvas
Cannon Beach View by Michael Orwick
30x40x2 Oil on Canvas

Michael Orwick. Beautiful painting! What else can you say? Stunning with the dark trees against that beautiful background. Everything about this painting is appealing. You see the sharpness of the detail that is up close and you can feel the distance. There is some wonderful light going on! Michael’s paintings are fabulous, and it wasn’t easy to choose just one!

Michael has some workshops coming up this year, so be sure to check them out!

Be sure to read MY STORY on Michael’s website – I LOVE his style of writing! Brilliant!

Read a bit about Michael, from his website:

The Art of Michael Orwick

Growing up in the Oregon Cascades and the Willamette Valley, nature and the landscape have had a profound impact on Michael Orwick. He has always been inspired by the ability of landscapes to tell stories.

Michael’s career in art started in animation at Will Vinton Studios and moved quickly into illustration, where he enjoyed bringing the ideas of others to life. As is true for many creative people, Michael was drawn to develop his own signature style of “Inspired Expressionism,” painting his ideas on canvas and inviting the viewer to provide the narrative. 

Orwick is a master of creating mood through atmosphere and color, utilizing space, a sense of place, and time of day to convey his vision. His work hints at a story and it is what he leaves untold that that engages the viewer in the creative process of storytelling. He often hears that people feel as if they have “seen this place before”.

Orwick’s paintings offer the chance to return and explore a special place that lingers in memory and imagination.

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. —Magritte

Michael Orwick, at his best melds pictorial storytelling with a hauntingly familiar world. He creates compelling views of our world that move beyond time and place – full environments for your mind to explore, your senses to imagine.

         — Mari Rockett, Curator, DragonFire GalleryCanon Beach, Oregon

Artist Statement …

There is a reason we are drawn toward beauty. It is the language of God and nature. 
Nothing more provocative than beauty — it inspires deep reflection and motivates me to create.

I blend from a primary color palette, painting wet into wet and with layers, to both reveal and hide what lies behind; in this way I entice you into the painting. I love it when people share the feeling and stories my paintings evoke. It is my sincere wish that you will want to revisit these beautiful locations and painterly stories again and again.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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