"Night on Broadway"
30 x 24 Pastel
Michael Fisher paints cityscapes of his hometown, Portland, Oregon, and landscapes of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. His work reflects his passion for color and bold composition.
Michael enjoys visitors to his Northwest Portland gallery & studio (just a block from NW 23rd Avenue Streetcar Stop), so feel free to contact him via this website and join his mailing list for new shows.
Michael Fisher's pastel art portrays cityscapes of Portland, Oregon, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
Love of cities inspires Michael's cityscape paintings. Having practiced for over 30 years as an architect and urban designer in London and Portland, he understands the design of streets, transit, public places, and walkways. As a cityscape artist he seeks places that are visually compelling, paying close attention to effects of light and weather. He finds inspiration in the mundane – noticing how light dances on the street on a drizzly Portland day – and in the familiar – the quiet nighttime mood of an empty street dimly lit by neon.
Landscape painting deepens Michael's appreciation of the wide range of natural beauty in the Pacific Northwest. Many of Michael's landscapes are painted on location. Working "en plein air" is harder than studio painting because the scene needs to be captured in a couple of hours. Sometimes the results are paintings filled with life, expression, and vibrancy. In any event time spent in the field provides valuable visual experience to carry back into the studio.
Michael enjoys the immediacy and tactile quality of using pastels. Reflected light from a pastel painting vibrates with color, making pastels an outstanding medium for his light filled cityscape and landscape paintings. Michael works on Wallis paper, an archival grit paper produced in Portland for pastel artists, and on boards coated with tinted pumice gel, brushed on to create a uniquely textured surface for each painting.
Michael teachers include Kitty Wallis, Albert Handell, Susan Ogilvie, Richard McKinley, Doug Dawson, and Desmond O'Hagan. He is deeply grateful for their generous support, skillful teachings and critiques, and passion for pastel art. He draws the human figure at Hipbone Studio in Portland.
Michael practices meditation, Qi Gong, yoga, and dances Argentine tango. He enjoys his daily walks or bike rides in the city, Washington Park, and Forest Park.
To see his current work, visit www.mfisherart.com or contact Michael at email@example.com.
Michael's recent art shows:
* Art on Broadway in Beaverton, Portland Plein Air Group Show. Winner People's Choice. November 2011. * Charlie Hales for Mayor Campaign Headquarters, November and December 2011. * "Pastels in the Hood", Gorge White House Group Show, Hood River, August 2012 * "City Life", Lane Gallery, 2627 SE Clinton St., Portland, August 2012 * Portland Open Studios, 2nd and 3rd weekend in October, 2012
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