Artist of the Week 29
Born and raised in Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania, Leonard Mizerek’s love for nature and for capturing it was nurtured from a young age. As he grew, he was influenced by the impressionists of the New Hope School. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and recipient of their Iron Man Award. He is one of 70 elected members of the Guild of Boston Artists and an Exhibiting Artist Member of the National Arts Club.
Known for his colorful, luminous seascapes and expressive brushwork, Mizerek paints on site, deriving inspiration from coastal locations as well as harbors throughout the world. A central theme throughout Mizerek’s work is his use of light. In Mizerek’s words, “Light alters the color of all objects and touches those nearby. It sets a mood and evokes emotion, which I strive to portray in my work. I often explore various methods to interpret the way I view nature. I prefer marine subjects because I enjoy the way water reflects the floating objects, as well as the sky and time of day. It mirrors shapes and intensifies light. I paint outdoors to capture the light first hand and bring out all its color and luminosity.”
In 2016, one of Mizerek’s paintings was purchased by the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. In 2007, 2011, and 2016, Mizerek was chosen as Artist in Residence at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France, and three paintings were made part of their permanent museum collection. Selected to paint at the Forbes Colorado Ranch, he exhibited and was made part of the permanent collection at the Forbes Museum in New York.
Mizerek participated in several invitational Plein Air events including Mystic, Marblehead, won the Quick Draw Second Place at Easton, Maryland, and won Honorable Mention at Cape Ann. He was featured painting live on TV France during a major antique boat festival in Brittany, France.
Over the years, Mizerek has been featured in numerous books, such as “Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea,” “A Gallery of Marine Art,” and “Bound for Blue Water,” as well as national magazines including being featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and, most recently, in American Art Collector. Past exhibitions have included over 30 featured artists and one-man shows and numerous national and museum exhibitions.
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