Mitch Caster

American Art Collector - - Artist Focus -

For as long as he can re­mem­ber, Mitch Caster has been draw­ing and paint­ing, cap­tur­ing the essence of the good that is around him. As a teenager, he would ditch high school and take the bus to a down­town Den­ver art gallery to see Richard Sch­mid’s work. When he was even younger, and not able to go to gal­leries and mu­se­ums, he would study art through look­ing at postage stamps. He started as a fig­u­ra­tive pain­ter, hav­ing stud­ied with Phil Steele, and he now teaches a struc­tural ap­proach to draw­ing at Art Stu­dents League of Den­ver.

For many years, he did paint­ings of dance from the Colorado Bal­let, which were hon­ored at New York City’s Lin­coln Cen­ter in cel­e­bra­tion of the New York City Bal­let’s 50th an­niver­sary. “My love of dance re­ally started with a trip to Poly­ne­sia where I saw tra­di­tional dancers de­pict­ing their cul­ture,” Caster ex­plains. “When we got home, I thought I would paint dance from our own Na­tive peo­ple, and my own cul­ture, be­ing half-His­panic. That led me to an in­vi­ta­tion to paint the Colorado Bal­let. My wife is a fla­menco dancer, which is a great source of ma­te­rial as well. I have also worked with the Won­der­bound dance com­pany.”

In ad­di­tion to dance and fig­u­ra­tive work, “I’ve al­ways been in­spired by na­ture and old build­ings like light­houses and cas­tles. Land­scapes have been a huge in­spi­ra­tion, as we live in Colorado. I like to travel, and I grav­i­tate to­ward ar­eas with wa­ter. I love to paint wa­ter sub­jects,” he says. “I want my art to have a pos­i­tive, happy ef­fect on peo­ple. I love that art can have that power.”

Caster’s work will be on view

Novem­ber 2 to 30 at Prin­ci­ple Gallery Charles­ton as part of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Ma­rine Artists’ 40th an­niver­sary Ma­rine Art In­vi­ta­tional.

Want to See More?

(720) 333-1959 | www.zhibit.org/mitch­caster Rep­re­sented by Santa Fe Art Col­lec­tor

217 Gal­is­teo Street | Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 988-5545 | www.santafeart­col­lec­tor.com

/mitch.caster.50

Far left: Break from Duet, oil, 24 x 16"Left: Gla­cial Blue, oil, 36 x 24"Below: Fresh Snow, oil, 18 x 24"

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