35th Annual Art In The Park Featured Artist: Michael Winston
W Michael Winston Creates Unique Floral Compositions With Magic Markers.
Michael Winston is a master of the magic marker medium. Once again, he will be a part of the exceptional group of artists represented at Art in the Park this Sunday, July 20. “What gives me the most satisfaction is to see the look on people’s faces when they find out that my artwork is created with magic markers. The amazement is hys- terical!” said the artist. “I love to hear that the artwork makes them smile. People have called it “feel good” art. If my art makes you feel good, then I’m satisfied.”His three dimensional use of color has made his work stand out wherever it has been shown. Winston works in a surrealistic style, and refers to his pieces as “floral dreamscapes”. The rhythm and movement of his dream- scapes invite and excite one’s imagination. “The closer people get to my art- work, the more they see things that they missed from a distance.” Using Prismacolor brand permanent magic markers, he makes the colors “pop” from the paper. “My color is important; it is candy for the eye.” Complete flower compositions of art, using strictly markers, is what he is best known for. “My floral works best utilize the spectrum of the medium I work in. Because they have many true colors, when grouped in a bouquet, they invite your eyes to dance from color to color.”
Sometimes people are surprised to discover that his full time career is in education, as a health and physical education teacher at Warrensville Heights Middle School, something he has dedicated the past thirty four years of his life to. Years ago, while supervising a study hall one day, with the football season (therefore no practice schedule to write for Winston the football coach … ), he started to draw, “whatever was coming to my mind, and without thinking about it, just doodling. Every teacher has magic markers in his briefcase, so that’s what I used.”
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