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Changing seasons 5

Michael Orwick
Beaverton, OR

About the Artist

There are lots of kinds of ugliness. Spite, bitterness, anger, hate. There are a lot of ways ugliness can come to our attention. News and social media alone make ugliness seem like it's in the very air we breathe.

It can get to be too much.

It is possible to shift our internal narratives, to choose instead to see beauty. However, depending on what we've experienced in our lives, shifting internal narratives can be a difficult process. And even after we have crossed a threshold and made a significant shift in reframing around beauty, we often need help remembering. We need help from ou…

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About the Artist

There are lots of kinds of ugliness. Spite, bitterness, anger, hate. There are a lot of ways ugliness can come to our attention. News and social media alone make ugliness seem like it's in the very air we breathe.

It can get to be too much.

It is possible to shift our internal narratives, to choose instead to see beauty. However, depending on what we've experienced in our lives, shifting internal narratives can be a difficult process. And even after we have crossed a threshold and made a significant shift in reframing around beauty, we often need help remembering. We need help from outside of ourselves.

That help in remembering beauty could come from a friend, or a pet, a song. Or a work of art.

Michael Orwick's paintings are reminders of beauty. The beauty in our lives and in the world around us. They alchemically, naturally, gracefully, consistently resolve to beauty. Even when the starting place is something as completely dark as death, they resolve to find the light.

Orwick's paintings are like beauty giving you a hug. It could be a hug that bears the weight of grief. Or it could be a reorienting pause at the beginning of the day. Either way, these painterly hugs are a conduit to beauty, something we all could use a little of, every day.

Artist’s Work

Calla lilies 5
Michael orwick

Calla Lilies

By Michael Orwick

Changing seasons 5
Michael orwick

Changing Seasons

By Michael Orwick

Vineyards rest
Michael orwick

Vineyards Rest

By Michael Orwick

Sun dance 5
Michael orwick

Sun Dance

By Michael Orwick

Punchbowl falls
Michael orwick

PunchBowl Falls

By Michael Orwick

The golden gate 2
Michael orwick

The Golden Gate

By Michael Orwick

Interlude
Michael orwick

Interlude

By Michael Orwick

Terra e cielo
Michael orwick

Terra E Cielo

By Michael Orwick

Storm tide
Michael orwick

Storm Tide

By Michael Orwick

Lanterns 5
Michael orwick

Lanterns

By Michael Orwick

Alloro gold
Michael orwick

Alloro Gold

By Michael Orwick

Alloro vineyard
Michael orwick

Alloro Vineyard

By Michael Orwick

It comes in waves 2
Michael orwick

It Comes in Waves

By Michael Orwick

Astoria view
Michael orwick

Astoria View

By Michael Orwick

Diyas for lakshmi india
Michael orwick

Diyas for Lakshmi - India

By Michael Orwick

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • Circle Arts
    January 2021
  • Fine Art Shippers
    October 2020
  • Artsy Shark
    March 2020

Education

  • Pacific Northwest College of Arts, BA
    Portland, OR,2000 
  • Univeristy of Oregon, BA
    Eugene, OR,1998