|Art for Acres|
Purchase Fine Art and Support Soil Born Farms: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these limited edition prints by Sacramento artist Michael Welch will benefit the project. Please call us at (916) 363-9685 if you are interested in purchasing any of these fine works of art.
Born and raised in Northern California, Michael majored in art at California College of the Arts and Sacramento City College. Michael's paintings have been exhibited at the California Works Exhibition, and various Northern California galleries. Michael's work was selected by the California Arts Council for a poster celebrating California Arts Day. Visit michaelwelchart.com.
I became interested in Photoshop as a tool for creating art when my daughter Lauren was born. After she went to bed, I could work late into the night without worrying about taking time to set up my paints in the small space I was living in. As a multi-media artist, I currently create my work on a 24'' iMac 2.8 GHz computer. With Photoshop as my platform, I paint with the brush tool and I'm able to adjust and manipulate the colors in my work. These files are printed on a state-of-the-art Epson 9800 pinter using archival inks on 100% cotton, acid-free fine art paper in limited editions.
Birds and the environment are central subjects in my current work. With the loss of so many songbirds due to environmental destruction such as pollution and the use of pesticides I feel a sense of sadness that we are trading away our natural inheritance for perceived conveniences. Birds in flight are a reminder of the inherent freedom we easily lose sight of in the midst of our busy, complex lives. Waking up in the morning to an orchestra of backyard birds was a memorable and powerful part of my childhood. I especially remember the repetitive notes of the meadowlark. To this day I still feel a subtle emotional unwinding, sinking in when I hear the meadowlark's cry while on a hike or walk in the country, a welcoming initiation back into Mother Nature.
Birds are often fidgety and high-strung; they are incomprehensible in their natural environment. I've come to appreciate their other-worldliness. They are so different from us. From the scavengers and predators to the delicate sparrow they come in so many shapes and personalities. Their many characteristics make great icons. Combing birds with different objects and placing them in a variety of environments enables me to evoke varied emotional responses and, hopefully, an appreciation for their ungraspable, mysterious presence.