By Leti Wesolowski, contributor
Born in rural Michigan, George started painting and drawing as a child. He entered and won numerous awards in local competitions and helped finance college with pen and ink greeting cards of his hometown’s historic landmarks and some advertisements in newspapers. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Packaging and Logistics, and since then he has done a wide range of jobs from engineering to production planning to his present one, operation leadership.
Today he lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and both spend their free time doing outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, back country skiing and fly fishing. He is passionate about painting his personal impressions gathered during their travels.
1. How long have you been a painter?
I have been a painter since I was a small child. My two older brothers and I were always interested in painting and drawing.
2. What does inspire you to paint?
Outdoor topics inspire me. I don't really need much inspiration to paint. If I have some time after work or on a weekend and I'm not outside I paint.
3. Is there any other hobby that you enjoy?
I ski in the winter and fly fish, hike and mountain bike in the summer. I also like reading and home renovations.
4. What is your preferred medium today?
Right now I'm into oil (paintings). I have done pastel and water color in the past.
5. Walk us through the steps to create one of your paintings.
I usually start with a photo that my wife or I take on hikes or travels.
First, I prime the canvas, usually with a warm color. I may use a pencil or brush to line out the key shapes, then put in dark and mid tones.
Next, I work from the background forward and fill in the blanks trying to create atmospheric depth and layers.
Last, I add the final highlights where the sun splashes of surfaces.
6. What is your favorite painting to this date?
I don't really have a favorite piece (but) I really like some of the Garden of the Gods paintings I've been doing because they are so close to home and familiar.
I just finished a painting of a trail … with a bunch of black-eyed Susan's growing along side. My wife took the photo when she was hiking with our dog.
7. What is your proudest achievement as an artist?
My proudest achievement is probably progressing my work and making the recent jump into displaying and selling in Commonwheel Artist Co-op. My wife motivated me to apply to galleries because my basement was full of paintings and she thought other people may like them.
8. What’s next on your plans?
I'm going to start a marketing campaign, make a web page and start marketing on social media. Outside of that, I would like to start doing some larger paintings.
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