March 8 – April 25, 2018
Artist Reception | Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pmArtist Statement
Art is your expression of what is beautiful. Crafting is an art which
requires learning a skill. Combining my love of painting and the desire for
depicting nature at its best inspired my watercolor paintings.
I began drawing at an early age; my favorite subject was animals. My
grandmother owned a store and graciously provided me all the supplies I
needed, while encouraging me to continually improve.
As an adult my life was filled with work, family and outdoor activities and
my painting was put aside. Years later I picked up painting again; painting
on any pallet I could find: wood blocks, metal, paper, ceramics, glass and
furniture. I seemed to hunger to create a style, so I enrolled in every adult class found in the area trying to refine or define my art. After attempting my styles I found my muse through watching and depicting nature at its best, hence I found a love for wildlife painting.
- Observations Along the Road of LifeA Collection of Photographs from Past to PresentExhibit | March 1, 2018 – April 26, 2018Meet the Artist (s) | Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1pm – 4pmBiographyMike Leinhauser is a native of Bettendorf Iowa. He has taught adult education courses at night and classes through Scott Community College and one through Lincoln Center for the Arts in photography. Mike enjoys sharing his knowledge and talents in photography with others. He has also exhibited with the Photo Image League group.
Artist StatementIn 1966 my dad took a couple of photos of my new bride. I was taken by them, loved them. Out of the service in 1970, I received his camera and darkroom equipment and figured I would teach myself how to use this stuff. I read a lot of articles and looked at a lot of photographs to make sense of it all. I took some photos along the way and finally got tired of going to classes where the instructors were just showing off their fancy equipment and decided to teach classes myself.Foggy mornings and inclement weather is a time not too many people go out to photograph. This has suited my needs and did wonders to the backgrounds and I enjoyed the quiet. I just photograph whatever appeals to me, as you can see in my images. What have I learned up to now? Maybe I should have applied myself more.