Mike D. Wod­nick

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Even though Mike D. Wod­nick’s work is rep­re­sen­ta­tional, the un­der­ly­ing ab­stract shapes and com­po­si­tion is what in­ter­ests him the most.

Born and raised in Min­neapo­lis, Wod­nick has had a life­long in­ter­est in the arts and re­mem­bers an el­e­men­tary school field trip where he was mes­mer­ized by Jean Bap­tiste Chardin’s At­tributes of the Arts. “Chardin was a mas­ter of com­po­si­tion. His still life paint­ings are noth­ing but still. He guides the viewer through the pic­ture, which is some­thing that I strive to do,” Wod­nick says. De­scrib­ing his artis­tic process, Wod­nick ex­plains, “I have an idea or theme that I want to con­vey. Many times the ti­tle of the piece. This is im­por­tant be­cause it keeps me fo­cused on the cen­ter of in­ter­est. I will do sev­eral thumb­nail sketches. I keep them small so I don’t spend too much time on them. I want the idea to evolve. I try dif­fer­ent for­mats ver­ti­cal, hor­i­zon­tal or square. This is the stage where I’m con­cerned about the big ab­stract shapes, the breakup of space, vari­a­tion and rep­e­ti­tion of form, flow of line and val­ues. I find this to be a very cre­ative and stim­u­lat­ing process.”

As an artist, Wod­nick says he is al­ways try­ing to grow, and he wants to get caught up in the en­ergy of his paint­ings. Some el­e­ments of a scene that he iden­ti­fied in early sketches might get dropped in the mo­ment while paint­ing. He does not strive for pho­to­re­al­ism, and says, “I want my paint­ings to have a soul.”

Win­ter Snag, oil on can­vas, 35 x 25"

Fuch­sia, oil on board, 11 x 12"

Pat­terns, oil on panel, 9 x 12"

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