Original Oil Painting
by Michael Ewing
Canvas Size: 8 x 10
Frame Size: 17 x 19
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Brilliant sunlight bathes a saddled horse, intensifies cascading native flowers, and warms a red tile roof. Blue shadows fall across white washed adobe walls settling on a cobblestone walkway. The cowboy is a quiet visitor. The quest for such tranquil yet powerful images lured Michael Ewing from his childhood home in Michigan to the Arizona desert some thirty years ago. That is when he began a journey to blend an impressionist training with his love of western masters producing a simple direct way to paint the southwest. Contrasting glazing techniques with impasto paint, Michael has taken us through a tenderly weathered door under a tarnished turquoise bell... into a serene Spanish courtyard drenched in midday sun dancing with shadows over the soft curves of pueblo walls... surrounded by gardens of color and texture. The feel is peaceful and easy. His odyssey in oils has taken him from modest buildings with nooks and crannies to the true poetry of the southwest.
Michael was born on December 5, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. Following high school, Michael set a course for himself in Architecture at Lawrence Institute of Technology. While there, he found he had an aptitude for mathematics and a talent for painting. Encouraged by his painting instructors, he pursued an arts program at Mercy College in Detroit. With a minor in mathematics he merged these dual studies into a teaching career, of which he is now retired. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. His other interests include travel, music, tennis, and bird hunting. Michael began his professional art career at Rosequist Gallery in Tucson. Throughout his career he has participated in numerous group and one man shows around the West. Michael is an artist member of the Mountain Oyster Club and has shown in their fall show for over twenty years. Michael was chosen to be the artist for the Los Charros Del Desierto ride in 2000. He was named “Artist of the Year” in 2001 by the Friends of Western Art.