Cole Gallery features Michael Orwick, Bev Jozwiak

By Nicholas Johnson | Aug 26, 2017

Paintings by Michael Orwick and Bev Jozwiak are on display at Cole Gallery in Edmonds through Friday, Aug. 18.

“Last year, my wife, 11-year-old daughter and I took the year off from ‘real life’ to travel the world,” said Orwick, an Oregon native, whose art depicts scenes from his recent world travels

“We visited 21 countries and painted with over 500 inspiring children from various orphanages and schools as part of our cause, which we called Studio Everywhere. This year it is my goal to reflect on that trip and create works of art that celebrate that special chapter in our lives.”

Jozwiak, from Vancouver, Washington, creates splashy, wet and whimsical watercolor work.

Jozwiak’s skill as a painter has garnered her national acclaim as one of America’s premier watercolorists. Renowned as an author with her watercolor instruction book, “Painting Life with Life,” and nationally sought after as an instructor, she believes in keeping original art affordable and accessible to everyone.

“Emotion plays an important part in every successful painting, so I choose only subjects that call to me and that in turn gives my work energy and excitement,” Jozwiak said.

“I use lots of varied color in my blacks to keep them from going flat, in my whites to keep them glowing and even in my skin tones to keep them interesting.”

Growing up in the Oregon Cascades and the Willamette Valley, nature and the landscape have had a profound impact on Orwick’s work.

“There is a reason we are drawn toward beauty,” he said. “It is the language of God and nature. It inspires deep reflection and motivates me to create.”

Orwick’s career in art started in animation at Will Vinton Studios and moved quickly into illustration, where he enjoyed bringing the ideas of others to life. As is true for many creative people, he was drawn to develop his own signature style of “Inspired Expressionism,” painting his ideas on canvas and inviting the viewer to provide the narrative.

“I love it when people share the feeling and stories my paintings evoke,” he said, noting that he often hears that people feel as if they have “seen this place before.”

Mari Rockett, curator of DragonFire Gallery in Canon Beach, Oregon, said Orwick’s work “melds pictorial storytelling with a hauntingly familiar world.

“He creates compelling views of our world that move beyond time and place – full environments for your mind to explore, your senses to imagine.”

 

 

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