Art on the Boulevard in Vancouver will exhibit the work of Pacific Northwest artist Michael Lindstrom for the next two months.
The exhibit is called “Impassioned” and runs from Feb. 3 through March 31. The exhibit explores many subjects that spur on Lindstrom’s passion for painting.
Lindstrom spent his childhood in the Pacific Northwest and lives in Vancouver.
According to a statement from Art on the Boulevard, Michael's art path has been anything but conventional. After a few years of college, he entered the workforce, wanting to to use his real life experiences to be a teacher.
Although he has had a creative mind his whole life, it wasn’t until Lindstrom found his passion with oil painting that his career as an artist took off.
"Ever since I was young, I knew there was something out there for me, only I struggled to find it. I tried so many mediums that would work for a while, but eventually I would lose interest," Lindstrom said.
Finally, while studying under award-winning artists Mitch Baird and Eric Jacobsen, the statement said Lindstrom “embraced oil painting with voracity.”
The diverse landscape of the Pacific Northwest inspires Lindstrom and he enjoys painting local scenes.
"There is so much beauty right here, it only makes sense to paint it" he said.
The statement goes on to explain that “much of the time he enjoys painting from life out in the field in order to capture the colors, light, and the spontaneity of fleeting moments in time” and that he “also enjoys exploring the use of textures in paint to add depth to his compositions.”
"There is nothing quite like building layer upon layer of thick paint onto a canvas," he said.
If you want to go:
The First Friday reception, 5 to 9 p.m., Feb. 3, is open to the public with no charge. It includes light refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the artist.
Art on the Boulevard is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on first Fridays.
For more information, call 360-750-4499.