Anticipation of Spring

Anticipation of Spring, acrylic on masonite, 8" x 10", 2010

Paul Monska was born and raised in central Illinois. He received a B.A. in Art History from State University of New York, Cortland, with graduate work at Binghamton University. He served as a chaplain at the Seattle Veteran's Administration Hospital, as is now employed as a chaplain at the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids.  As a volunteer, he serves on the board of the Marion Arts Council and holds the position of exhibition coordinator. His art education has been heightened through hands-on workshop experience in stained glass, textiles, woodworking, and Chinese brushwork.

Paul Monska states "My work is inspired by both the natural world and the hand of humankind upon it. I am drawn to the elements of color and form, the contrast of light and shadow.  My senses are stirred in the energy of the forms of earth and sky. When I look out at the landscape my visual perception translates what I see into blocks of color and an arrangement of forms. I attempt to convey this arrangement/interaction of color and form into my work when I paint. Although the effect of my work may appear geometric and sometimes hard-edge abstract, it is always the result of a careful and deliberate attempt to capture the emotion as well as the spirit of the subject. Therefore, rather than re-creating a realistic landscape on a canvas, I aim to express its essence, its spirit.

I am particularly sensitive to mankind's imprint upon the earth, how structures are integrated into the landscape. The relative openness of the Midwestern terrain (the vastness of the sky and and) tend to accentuate and dramatize its architecture. A grain elevator in its surroundings, for example, might be viewed as an iconic landmark, a beacon that rises up from the fertile land. Such a presence on the landscape challenges me to represent its spiritual component as well."

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