"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision. The world is not interested in mere pictures. People look for this expression of beauty. The painter will never achieve this by merely painting pictures...he must show people more than they already see and he must show them with so much human sympathy and understanding that they will recognize it as if they themselves had seen the beauty and the glory. This is where the artist comes in."
W. Charles Hawthorne
American Impressionist Society
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society
Nat'l Society of Painters in Casein/Acrylic
Plein Air Painters of Maine
Ridgewood Art Institute
The greatest influence in my painting has been the work and words of the painter, Charles Movalli (1945-2016). Charlie's advice to painters..... "your job is to see what the eye doesn't see - to use your own fresh view - your personal vision to find that intense sense of the moment - to live for that experience and the process of capturing it". Painting is a life-long challenge and to his talented end, Charlie said he was a painter, not an artist... still learning from each subject.
So we continue to listen to the painters whose work and words give us direction, and if we're at it long enough, we gain from their wisdom and love of painting... enriching our own lives and finding new ways to grow in our pursuit of creating art.
My own art journey began at the Ridgewood Art Institute where I studied the painting principles of Frank Vincent DuMond, noted American Impressionist painter and teacher.
This beginning in oil was extended to other mediums (including pastel and acrylic) as I was fortunate enough to study with some of the best comtemporary landscape painters including Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, James Coe, William Hook, Susan Ogilive, Colin Page, Bob Rohm, Phil Starke, and George Strickland, among other painters, whose work I admired.
I consider a painting a success if I've captured on canvas the emotion I felt when chancing upon the scene, and the work in turn, gives you a small measure of the 'beauty and the glory.' The work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe, having been exhibited in corporate and museum settings as well as galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maine.
For twenty years I enjoyed participating in the juried art show circuit primarily on the east coast, receiving forty awards including "Best in Show" and "First" in my chosen medium.
A large thank you goes out to my collectors who have traveled on this journey with me.... your support, encouragement and friendship continues to inspire and keeps me painting nature's wonders.
Catch my new work as it appears on "Fresh Paint".
Midge Coleman fine art
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