Join us for the Opening Reception of our next exhibit,
Saturday, July 27th at 5:00pm
Imaginings, Featuring: Mick Grochowski, Barbara Kobylinska, and Jan Pearson
I consider my artwork to be expressionist, with a tendency towards abstraction. Inspiration for much of my artwork comes from the wonder of the outdoors, familiar scenery from my childhood on a small Missouri farm, and the many beautiful bodies of water in Michigan and Virginia, where I have also lived.
My preferred art media are watercolor, mixed media, and acrylic, depending on what best suits my subject matter. My technique in painting is similar to that of a sculptor and, through my artwork, I always try to tell a story. Many of the pieces in this Imaginings exhibit are from my portrait of femininity series, which includes the blossoming of flora, and were created while listening to the music of Leonard Cohen.
My art is influenced by several contemporary visual artists. These include 20th Century sculptor, Henry Moore; Russian painter, Vladimir Volegov; local painter, Thomas McLauchlin of Norfolk, VA; and Ann Meade, DA, multimedia artist whom I was fortunate to have studied under. My goal is to continue creating passionate artwork, as it adds meaning, nourishment, and significant happiness to my life.
“Art is a line around your thoughts.”
- Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918, Austrian Painter
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”- PT Barnum
Nature has been a dominant influence and inspiration for my artwork. My sculptures of flowers, birds, insects, and animals express my feelings of deep admiration for the organic, rich forms and abundant colors of nature’s wonders.
My artwork has been exhibited in many prestigious national art shows, including: Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA) West in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Chicago SOFA; United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC; Loveland Sculpture Show in Colorado; and ArtPrize in Michigan. Several permanent exhibits can be seen aboard the “Oasis of the Sea” cruise ship, as well as the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and Courthouse Galleries in Portsmouth, VA, and various private collections throughout the country.
Being adventurous and inventive, I constantly look to diversify my subjects and materials. As a result, I am currently working on a mixed media animal series incorporating found objects and recycled metal pieces. I draw on my humor and imaginative whimsy to create my “animal kingdom” as my interpretation of the natural world.
Our surroundings are not always as they appear, and our perceptions do not always correspond. My art expresses my perspectives on life, which may differ from that of others.
Most of my artwork can be described as ranging in style from realism to expressive realism, rendered impressionistically. The drive to paint is persistent and inspiration can be fleeting. Inspiration can be found in unique happenings, situations, and locations. My preferred media for painting, either en plein air or studio, are oil and acrylic. Winslow Homer, Hopper, and Van Gogh have been major influences.