Artist Statement By Citrus County Florida Award Winning Artist Michael Arnold


self portrait painting by Citrus County Florida artist Michael ArnoldArtist's Statement:
"Art for me is a creative release, therefore I have no boundaries in my work. I work on what moves me spiritually, visually and creatively."

Artist's Bio:
In the first grade, my drawings earned notice and my family encouraged my artistic expression by enrolling me into charcoal drawing and ceramics classes. I took sculpture classes in middle school. In high school I took commercial art classes, created artwork for the school newspaper, designed the cover and inside pages of the creative writing magazine and helped build the backdrop for the junior-senior prom. Following high school, my art took a back seat as my wife of 32 years and I raised three sons. Eventually, we started our own cabinet company, which reawakened my creative juices. I expanded my creative avenues as a freelance writer for the local newspaper. I eventually left the cabinet business and embarked on my current career as a journalist. In 2004, I returned to school with a goal of earning a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary studies. While earning my Associates Degree at the local community college, I began taking art classes again and earned the visual arts award at graduation. I currently balance art while working on my Masters Degree at Florida State University and a full time job as the Human Resource Manager at the Citrus County Chronicle.

Influences:
I enjoy many different styles including impressionism, pop art, abstract expressionism, naturalism, post-impressionism, art deco and contemporary. All of these styles influence my work, but do not define my style.

Medium:

I primarily work in acrylics, but have produced works in pastels, graphite, charcoal colored pencils and ink.

Artist's Affiliations:
2005 Leadership Citrus
2007 Visual Arts Award-Central Florida Community College
Member of Citrus County Chronicle Editorial Board
Member of the Citrus Art Center
Florida State University Graduate

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