This watercolor is by Michael Winger. He is at the cornerstone in my personal artistic development. Michael is part of my art family. He’s the student of Sy Gresser, who was my father’s best friend and a mentor to him. Without Sy, there’s a good possibility I might not have been an artist. I thank him for my love of sculpture. When I was a kid, around 3 or 4 he gave me a hammer, a chisel, and a block of stone and said, “Go to town.” That’s shaped my view of art ever since.
I met Michael at the start of my “professional” art career. I call it professional because on the day we met, I also Met Tracy Causey who was responsible for my first real gallery art show. I thank them all, and think about that moment on a regular basis. I owe a lot of my concept of art and development to this family of great artists who are all centered around Sy.
Before I get too far away from this work of art, lets bring it back to Michael. He’s a tremendous artist – a stone sculptor, a painter, and a craftsman with found objects. In the first year of the artdc gallery project, Michael created an installation called, “I Cure Myself.” The title is derived from his own personal experiences.
As I’ve become aware of other artists’ creative development, I find it extremely exciting to watch them work with materials out of their normal range. I know Michael as a sculptor. Early in 2012 I asked him to bring some work to display at my frame shop. I thought he would bring his stone work, but he brought 3 of the most amazing watercolors I’ve never shown there. I fell in love.
The lines excite me. The intersection of light blue and black where the black bleeds into the paper which makes me want to stare into the work for hours. I like the signature at the top. Yes, with a date. As a framer, I’ve stood with this work thinking of re-framing it for days. But in the end I appreciate the gallery-style frame that Michael picked for it. I need to look at the work, not the frame.
When the show came to an end we agreed to trade for one. I still owe him a work of art in return. I look forward to the day that I can reciprocate. I have this work hanging in my music studio, and every time I’m there it adds a layer of intrigue and positive energy that makes me want to stay around the work. That’s what success as an artist is – the ability that their work has to create an emotional response within you.
The piece moves beyond my relationship with the artist. It’s more than a symbol of our friendship. The work stands on it’s own, and looks fabulous hung next to “Jet Ski Accident,” see below.
Forgive my snapshot. One day I’ll un-frame it to get a clear shot without glass.