Mitchell Saler

Mitchell Saler is a fine art painter who lives in Middletown, New York. In 2009, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York, where he worked as a Graphic Artist and Technical Assistant for the Cultural Affairs department. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. The university awarded him the Alex Martin Scholarship, and he has received awards in various art exhibits. He has been exhibiting in a number of venues and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School. His works emphasize vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects. He is a Board Member of the Goshen Art League and the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, and a member of the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters. I paint landscapes that convey the vastness and power of nature. My paintings range from scenes in the Hudson Valley region, where I live, to places I have traveled, as well as depictions of seemingly impossible phenomena that defy and elevate reality. Some of my paintings reference scenes from family vacations that I associate with exciting memories. I am influenced by sublime Hudson River School landscapes. Stories about epic journeys through fantastical worlds fascinate me because they explore places that expand what is possible. For me, the intense forces, luminosity, and grandeur found in nature emanate magic. Ever-changing, amorphous properties imbue mist, clouds, and rays of light with mystery and mysticism. Clouds vary and change from massive and heavy to wispy and ethereal in an unusual, almost supernatural way. Fog can appear thick and obscure vision, though like air, it lacks tactile substance. I feel that painting is an exciting process of illusion resembling alchemy because flat, blank canvases are transformed into dynamic, spatially vast environments. My artwork allows me to paradoxically be at a distant vantage point as well as be immersed in observing overwhelming, yet compelling scenes. Through painting and drawing, I experience meditative relaxation as well as exhilarating energy, and in my works, I balance tranquility with a majestic drama.

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