“I wish to paint the joy I feel by being in places I love, trying to capture the colors of light and the spirit of stone and water.”
Michael Gaudreau, a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and MAPAPA, is a painter and teacher residing in Bel Air, Md. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Towson University in 1974 and his Master’s degree from Parsons School of Design, NYC in 1981. He has been on the faculty of The John Carroll School teaching Art since 1975. His paintings have won awards from the Pastel Society of America, Hudson Valley Art Assoc., Southeast, Northeast, and Maryland Pastel Societies, as well as the Maryland Federation of Art.
"The natural world and the rural landscape have always been important to me, having grown up around water and woods. I paint the landscape not only for the memories evoked but for the sense of joy it gives me just being there. I especially am drawn to the quality of light in the early morning and dusk and how it transforms and illuminates ordinary things like rocks or buildings and turns them into something extraordinary. When I look for subjects to paint I seek that “moment of light”."
Much of my current work is centered around the quality of light I find on my morning and evening walks in and around the town of Keene Valley in the Adirondack Mountains of New York."
Michael resides in Bel Air MD and when he is not painting in the ADK's he paints the Maryland landscape which has its own unique charms.