Scene at the Selden exhibiting artist 2015
If my paintings have a mission, it is this: to have an emotional impact on the viewer through my artwork. My artwork consists of trees, flora, mountains, and seascapes from unique vantage points focusing on balancing shape, edge, value and warm/cool relationships. I’m drawn to vibrant colors and dynamic compositions that are representative with a tendency towards abstraction.
Painting is a solitary process that I like to get lost in. When painting, I play music, talk to myself, and talk to the painting I am working on if it’s not cooperating. I prefer not to work from a detailed sketch, but, to begin with abstract shapes, working dark to light concentrating on painting light, not subject matter.
Oil paints are my preference; they allow me flexibility and the ability to use a wide range of colors and techniques to create rich color and depth. Working wet on wet is my first choice; however, glazing is also one of my favorites.
Konrad attended drawing classes at the University of Cincinnati, painting classes at the Wallingford Arts Center in suburban Philadelphia, and painting classes at Tav Art in Chesapeake.
Konrad participated in a number of juried and non juried art shows and exhibits on the East Coast. Venues include Hampton Art League, Hampton Bay Days, Nanesmond-Suffolk Academy Annual Art Show and several juried shows at Studio One O Seven in Norfolk, Va. In February 2004 Studio One O Seven, Norfolk, VA hosted a solo exhibition of Konrad’s work named “Ascension” that was chosen to be listed in the Virginia Pilot Entertainment Best Bets March 1, 2004. In January 2006 the Virginia Beach Central Library hosted a solo exhibition of Michael’s oil paintings that was chosen to be listed in the Virginia Pilot Entertainment Best Bets January, 22, 2007