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Michael Bibow-Finucane

Medium: Oil

Description:  Oil paintings influenced by the Hudson River School

My art is primarily connected to the beautiful and rustic world of the New England landscape. Connecticut has many wonderful state parks, which provides an opportunity to paint old trees, streams, and ice age rocks. My goal in painting is to respect and revere the natural world. In this regard, painting is a form of prayer/meditation, which I practice on a daily basis. I am a Transcendentalist. I also enjoy traveling and, on occasion, painting tropical scenes and New England seascapes. I am a primarily self-taught painter. For the most part, I learned how to draw by attending "figure drawing" classes in Connecticut and Arizona, and by also utilizing plein air studies of nature. My style of painting is a blend of the Hudson River School and Tonalism. In the 19th century, the work of John Frederick Kensett, Frederick Edwin Church, Ivan Shishkin, Worthington Whittredge, and Alfred Thompson Bricher are important influences in my work. Tonalists, such as Charles Warren Eaton, Alexander Helwig Wyant, and Alexander Harrison, are also artists that I admire. In the 21st century, the master work of living artists, such as Joseph McGurl and Shawn Krueger, also inspire me to think beyond "historical periods." I also love the American Arts & Crafts Movement, which coincided with the Tonalist Movement in the late 19th century. More so, Arts & Crafts was more than just making art, but a social movement that sought to empower artists, craftsmen, and craftswomen as a countermand to industrialization and class conflict during the Gilded Age. From my perspective, art is for everyone, and it should be made available to people from all walks of life. Finally, the great expanse of the forest, the sea and the coastline is a neverending source of adventure and inspiration. I often hike with my beautiful wife, Cecile, in these wonderful places, which allows for plein air work, color studies, and sketches to be gathered for studio paintings. Nothing beats the great outdoors!

Michael Bibow-Finucane

Medium: Oil

Description:  Oil paintings influenced by the Hudson River School

My art is primarily connected to the beautiful and rustic world of the New England landscape. Connecticut has many wonderful state parks, which provides an opportunity to paint old trees, streams, and ice age rocks. My goal in painting is to respect and revere the natural world. In this regard, painting is a form of prayer/meditation, which I practice on a daily basis. I am a Transcendentalist. I also enjoy traveling and, on occasion, painting tropical scenes and New England seascapes. I am a primarily self-taught painter. For the most part, I learned how to draw by attending "figure drawing" classes in Connecticut and Arizona, and by also utilizing plein air studies of nature. My style of painting is a blend of the Hudson River School and Tonalism. In the 19th century, the work of John Frederick Kensett, Frederick Edwin Church, Ivan Shishkin, Worthington Whittredge, and Alfred Thompson Bricher are important influences in my work. Tonalists, such as Charles Warren Eaton, Alexander Helwig Wyant, and Alexander Harrison, are also artists that I admire. In the 21st century, the master work of living artists, such as Joseph McGurl and Shawn Krueger, also inspire me to think beyond "historical periods." I also love the American Arts & Crafts Movement, which coincided with the Tonalist Movement in the late 19th century. More so, Arts & Crafts was more than just making art, but a social movement that sought to empower artists, craftsmen, and craftswomen as a countermand to industrialization and class conflict during the Gilded Age. From my perspective, art is for everyone, and it should be made available to people from all walks of life. Finally, the great expanse of the forest, the sea and the coastline is a neverending source of adventure and inspiration. I often hike with my beautiful wife, Cecile, in these wonderful places, which allows for plein air work, color studies, and sketches to be gathered for studio paintings. Nothing beats the great outdoors!

Tour Location: Colt Gateway - Weekend #1

Email: artofmbf@gmail.com

Website: www.michaelbibowfinucane.org

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