Larry Seiler, Laona Member Since January 2008 Artist Statement I have been painting professionally for over 30 years now, the first 17 years I was more career driven with reputation in the wildlife art genre. Then, for a number of reasons I pushed for a reinvention of myself, taking my painting outdoors to set up on location...which has been my manner of working the past 13 years or more. I may yet paint wildlife subjects, but my style has changed greatly...and settings for wildlife are based on plein air studies.
My influences are mainly from the past, the writings of John F. Carlson, works and teachings of Edgar Payne & Emile A. Gruppe, and admirations of Edward Redfield for his large 50'x 56' canvases painted outdoors in one session (alla prima).
I am an art instructor, workshop painting teacher, have written one book thus far on painting landscapes, produced one DVD on painting a waterfall; and about a dozen short videos on YouTube. You can find the link on my blog.
I moderate eight forums on a very busy vibrant virtual artist's community of over 190,000 artists...Wetcanvas.com
I've received numerous awards for my teaching, including listed as Who's Who Among America's Teachers, nomination for the Laird Foundation in Leadership in the Arts twice.
Earliest awards begin with Wisconsin's Wildlife Artist of the Year in 1984...and I've been a finalist, runner-up or winner in state and national conservation sporting stamp design competitions 23 of 33 times entered. My main interest today is painting from life, and even simple still life studies are painted from life.
I live and work in Wisconsin's Nicolet National Forest, surrounded by 1200 lakes and streams, rivers forests; simply put...painting has become a means to celebrate the joy of living aesthetically, and serves as a constant nurturement of a thankful heart...to God above to see and experience so much the sublime and beauty of the outdoors.
I very often paint small studies instudio as exercises to keep the eye and senses sharp, which I believe keeps me in the ready to perform outdoors on a location.