Russell Vanecek

  • "Abstract Composition # 50" Technique: Acrylic and oil paint, model paste Dimensions: 23 x 25.4 cm
  • "Abstract Composition-Moon Rising" Technique: Acrylic and oil paint, model paste Dimensions: 23 x 25.4 cm
  • "Abstract Composition #40" Technique: Oil paint, model paste Dimensions: 101 x 20 cm
  • "Cardinal on a Branch II" Technique: Acrylic and oil paint, model paste Dimensions: 31x 23 cm
  • "Common Chaffinch" Technique: Acrylic and oil paint, model paste Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm

I live in St. Louis, MO USA. I received my MFA from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and have been an art teacher for 35 years. I’ve had solo exhibitions in private and university galleries, as well as Art festivals and several commissions. It was clear to me from very young that interacting creatively with sound, movement, paint, and clay would bring me joy and a better understanding of my world. Eventually, I chose to focus on visual art as a way to express my observations, new perspectives and memories. I am most interested in two-dimensional media; drawing, painting, and photography. It is important to me that my imagery is recognizable in the conventional sense because I want my work to have the language of familiarity. I use images that not only represent meaningful events, people or animals in my life, but also represent our common humanity. 

The pleasure I derive from observing nature is the complexity of color and texture. Time, light of day, and seasons of the year adds to the experience. People, animals and birds living and moving in nature are part of my daily observations. These combinations are captured in my memory as <leeting images. It could be colors at sunset, birds in a tree during fall or bicycling in the park. My primary medium is oil paint applied in layers on both canvas and wood panels. I also use acrylic, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, pen & ink and digital mediums. I refer to images of native birds. What interest me are their speci<ic shapes and my impressions of their movement in nature. What gets embedded in my mind is a collage of shapes, colors and textures that are both sharp details and easily blurred blending into each other. Literal or precise rendering no longer becomes important. I end up trying to express the gesture and dynamic motion of life. Life is once clearly observed and focused then seemingly fades or transforms. 

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