Featured Artist: Michael Clark!

Along the Lake by Michael Clark

Along the Lake by Michael Clark  16×24″  Oil

A fantastic use of color that really makes the light shine! (LOVE that green!) I think the abstractness of the grass is nice against the shapes in the water. The reflections are beautiful!

Ranch Near Fruita by Michael Clark

Ranch Near Fruita by Michael Clark  16X20″  Oil

Wonderful shapes, colors, distance, clouds – very nice!

Read a bit about Michael, from his website! If you have a minute read through Michael’s bio. I love it when an artist mentions mentors, fellow artists, who they’ve taken workshops from, etc. It helps you to relate to their work as an artist.

Michael Clark is a painter focused on capturing the world around him. From summer afternoons by the beach to evening sunsets in the mountains, Michael travels all over to capture these effects on canvas. 

Raised in Michigan, Michael moved to Texas after receiving his BFA from Kendall College of Art Design. While in Texas Michael continued with his focus on landscape painting exhibiting his work in several galleries in Michigan and Texas. He also traveled extensively through the U.S. painting en plein air. In the summer of 2010 he took an extended trip through the western states spending a month residing and painting in  Hood River, Oregon. That trip resulted in over 50 plein air works painted in states from  Washington to Colorado. 

After the passing of his father Michael decided it was time to take his passion to another level and set off on a journey to study with some of the best artists in the country. That journey led him to Chicago for a summer at the prestigious Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art.  After  the intense study in Chicago (painting a minimum of two head studies a day) he decided to move to  Denver, Colorado. He chose Denver for its closeness to nature and the access to study with some of the finest painters in the country. 

Michael currently is a class monitor for master painter, Joshua Fallik, at the Art Students League of Denver where he continues his studies in painting and drawing. He is inspired by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Rembrandt, Nicolai Fechin and the many of the Russian Impressionist.  He also is influenced by many contemporary painters like Richard Schmid, Skip Whitcomb, David Leffel, Clayton Beck III, Dan McCaw and Quang Ho. 

 Michael is the back to back Best of Show winner at the Paint the Town competition in Marble Falls, Texas and has won several other awards and honorable mentions. He is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America and a member of the American Impressionist Society. 

All images via MichaelClarkFineArt.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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