BD would like to introduce, marine artist, Michael Meyer. He shares his work and story with us.
Q:Where do you live?
A:I live in Palm Harbor on the west coast of Florida.
Q:What mediums do you work in and what is your favorite?
A:I paint almost exclusively with acrylics because I really like to use a pallet knife on canvas. I use an impasto technique, which is the method of using undiluted paint placed thickly on the canvas using the pallet knife. This leaves great texture to the painting. The acrylics dry faster than oils, but I still have to wait for them to dry at times so I usually have more than one painting going at once.
Q:What are your other hobbies, and are they related to your artwork?
A:I try to get out and fish every morning for a bit. I only throw artificial lures and practice catch and release. I’ve not used a piece of bait in 20 years. I lived in the Florida Keys for seven years and did lots of fly-fishing. I did artwork for many of the tournaments and local businesses while I lived there.
Q:How did you get started and what was the evolution of your style?
A:I’ve painted my whole life, but I would describe myself as a “primitive artist”, meaning I’ve never had any lessons or classes. I painted as a child and sold my first painting at 10 years old. I stopped for a long while to raise a family and run my businesses but I picked it back up in my later years. I try to paint everyday now. I am now an impressionist; I never want to paint a scale again in my life! I did a lot of realistic fish art earlier in my career, but I woke up one day and said never again will I paint that way.
Q:What goals do you have for your artwork, what does the future hold?
A:I paint for myself and for personal pleasure, but I also rely on it to supplement my fixed income. I do not do prints, all of my work is original and I sell it via Facebook and word of mouth. I keep my prices low because I have no overhead and want everyone to be able to afford an original piece of art.
Q:Is there a message or theme behind your artwork?
A:Not really, other than it is a way to share my appreciation of fishing and the outdoor world with other people. But I’m mainly painting for myself and if someone really likes my work and wants to buy it, I’m all for that too.
Q:What has been the hardest project, or what is the hardest aspect of you art?
A:Doing commission pieces have always been the hardest because people want to be in control of the art and it does not work that way for me. So often people want the fish to look “meaner” and I laugh cause fish don’t have expressions. That is not how I do it. I make it clear up front that if you like my art, then you must trust my way and not try to control it. I’ve never had a piece turned down.
Q:What brings you the most satisfaction or sense of accomplishment?
A:I would have to say that getting messages from people when they receive their paintings about how much they love it. They often are amazed how much better it looks in real life, than the pictures on my Facebook page where I display work for sale. That is the best part above the personal satisfaction of painting it.
BD would like to thanks Michael Meyer for sharing his story and work with us. Check out his Facebook Page if you would like to see more of his art or contact him.