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Painting by John Weiss
September 19, 1998

John Weiss


John Weiss"I enjoy painting things that people can relate to," Weiss says. "perhaps because I can relate to them myself. They're familiar things, really, but they are a part of everyday life we can understand and enjoy."

Weiss was born and reared in Akron, Ohio, the son of a draftsman with whom he credits his disciplined approach to art. As a child, Weiss always had the ability to draw. He developed his innate skill through height school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he encountered an exhibition of work by Andrew Wyeth, an experience that further simulate his own desire to be an artist. He studied art at Kent State University, but left after two years to go into the landscape business.

The attractions of art had become too much a part of him by this time, however, and he returned to drawing and painting - on a casual basis at first, but with more time and intensity as four years passed. "My painting is basically self-taught," Weiss says. "I would study the work of artists I admired and learn from their methods and techniques. I studied color theory with a color wheel and by mixing paints. Then I started in drawing and painting; experience is the best teacher."

Hand-in-glove with experience goes perseverance. His dedication paid off, and in 1977, Weisss began painting full-time, primarily in oil Today a resident of northern Ohio, Weiss uses his art to support worthy causes in the areas, and shows his work in a number of regional galleries.

Sunday, October 4, 1998

Carl Brenders' art is a reflection of nature. He has the ability to take us where even the most intrepid of field guides cannot - in the pines, nose to nose with bright eyed chipmunks and deep into the woods, shoulder to shoulder with wolves, making us feel like one of the pack. Of this ability Brenders says, "A painter is a privileged being, because in his imagination he can come very close to the animals he paints. In reality, one can never come this close to wild animals, particularly if they are predators."

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Carl Brenders latest work - Miles to Go

Carl Brenders'
latest work
"Miles to Go"
(click to see larger image)

November 7, 1998

Rod Fredericks

Rod Fredericks

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