Craig Fetzer

18 x 14 Pastel – $1000.00

The famous religious painter Carl Bloch was said to have dipped his paintbrush in his heart. As an artist, I relate to that statement because painting for me is a way to turn myself inside out and share what is there on canvas. Sometimes I see things that are so painfully beautiful that I can find no adequate words to describe them. My art has become a spiritual language where I can express myself without speaking. And hopefully those who view my paintings will feel what I am trying to say with no words passing between us. I have found that it is through visual imagery that I can best reveal my passions.

As an artist I am more interested in painting my emotional reaction to a subject than in creating a photorealistic rendering of it; consequently my paintings lean more to impressionism than realism. I tend to work in an abbreviated style where the suggestion is more important than the completed statement, and where the parts or details are sacrificed for the good of the whole. I’ve learned that the less I give away in my paintings, the more people seem to read in them.  To me, there is more poetry in an image when not every detail is spelled out and the viewer is allowed to solve some of the mystery.

I love to capture the abstract patterns of light and shadow in the subject as, paradoxically, I find this creates a more realistic image when viewed from a short distance. I generally paint things that I am close to, both in distance and in feeling. I am not about depicting vast expanses of nature, but rather of close, intimate corners of personal spaces. Any subject is game for my brush as long as it is beautifully lit. In truth, light is always the subject I find most exciting, as anything it touches is enhanced in depth, dimension, vibrance, and beauty. This is the spiritual implication art has for me.

I consider it the greatest of privileges to be an artist–to notice the grandeur in small things around me, to celebrate them on paper or canvas, and to share my passion for life though my artwork. 

Born and raised in Utah, Craig’s paintings reflect a love for its culture, landscape, history, and unique people. “I want to tell within my paintings a narrative of history, emotion, American life, to project a sense of place, a moment in time. I am hopeful to put the observer within the painting taking them on a voyage of self enlightenment and discovery.”

Craig attended Utah State University studying under Glen Edwards, Prof of Art in Illustration. His first job and mentor was Larry Winborg at his studio: Winborg and Winborg. There he learned the art business and in 1976 started his own art studio.

Craig was elected to the Society of Illustrators, New York, in 1976, and has been an active member since. His Illustrations have been featured in New York, the Society of Illustrators Annuals, and Illustration shows and publications over a thirty year career.

“ I like to follow the traditions of many Illustrators whom I admire, Rockwell, Homer, Wyeth, Parrish, and others, who used there Illustration training and experience to become Fine Artists.”

My Pastels use a complexity of drawing overlays of color to create the intricacies of nature. My Oil paintings project historical color schemes with the hope of capturing light and mood within a moment in time.

My work was featured at a four artist show at the Eccles Fine Art Center, at Dixie State College, “There are always stories to tell” that highlighted Artists who have made careers in Illustration and now show there Fine Art paintings in Galleries throughout the west.

Craig’s paintings, pastels, and drawings have been featured in one person Gallery shows, the Springville Art Museum: spiritual and religious Art of Utah Show, the St. George Art Museum, Utah Images Show, Davis County Fine Art exhibit, and several times at the Dixie Invitational Art Show, winning awards in 2013, 2014, 2017.

Craig supports and encourages art in the community, having served as the Chairman of the St. George Art Commission, and on the board of the Visual Arts Association. Craig is currently a Change Leader with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

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