"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). He worked primarily in acrylic. It's the medium I've come to love and appreciate for all its wonderful qualities. I like to work with broken color, first using the complement of the color the objects will represent. This use of complements seen through the following layers of paint create a visual intensity in the work. The medium dries quickly and allows for continued experimentation with values, temperature and color. 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 process of capturing it - the fun is in the seeing." Painting is a life-long activity ...to his talented end, Charlie said he was a painter...always learning from each painting and subject.
My early art training was at the Ridgewood Art Institute where I studied the painting principles of Frank Vincent DuMond, noted American Impressionist painter and teacher.
This foundation in oil technique was extended to other mediums (including pastel and acrylic) as I continued 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.
My work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe, having exhibited in corporate and museum settings as well as galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maine.
I enjoyed participating in the juried art show circuit for twenty plus years, primarily on the east coast, receiving over 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.
With a return to my winter studio I have the time to paint larger works and revisit all the wonderful places I experienced during the five months I spend each year in Maine. Catch my new work as it appears on the site.
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Midge Coleman Fine Art
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Midge Coleman fine art
acrylic paintings from life