Brad Stroman, Paintings
“I am a painter passionate about my art’s message. And that message is simple – how we perceive our relationship to our natural environment. This conscious effort to honor the mundane and incidental is part of a philosophy that started years earlier.”~Brad Stroman
Brad combines his passion for making art with his concerns for our environment by incorporating a Japanese Zen philosophy known as wabi-sabi. His award-winning work is exhibited in both solo and juried group exhibitions garnering acclaim from environmentalists and art lovers alike. Brad’s unique paintings are included in nearly100 private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally. His acrylic paintings contain exquisitely detailed renderings of found objects in nature. These items are usually trapped or otherwise held in place by something commonly created by man – a string, barbed wire, a piece of rusted iron tool. I place these objects against a backdrop of beautifully balanced colors that have been textured with mediums and stained with layers of glazing and washes to create the appearance of a time worn surface. My use of trompe l’oeil gives these subjects a believable three-dimensional life in the paintings.
Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, son to a successful sign painter, Brad must have inherited the creative gene. He showed signs of creative talent during his childhood as he spent hours filling sketchbooks with drawings from everyday observations of his personal environment to fantasy scenes from his imagination. Upon High School graduation, he entered the art education program at KutztownUniversity.
During his 34 years spent as an art educator he received several honors through “Who’s Who of American Teachers” and the 1990 national ‘Art Teacher as Artist’ award from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was through this award that he participated in a residency program at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. While teaching, his own art took many turns in its development, from detailed wildlife drawings in scratchboard, graphite, and colored pencil (even working for a graphics poster company out of Woodstock, VT) to oil landscapes of the area to finally Zen inspired nature paintings in acrylics which he is most known for today. It was his continued concern for our environment and a visit to the natural beauty of Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon that guided him into this unique style of painting. Two of his works recently hung beside some of America’s greatest artists known for their inclusion of nature in their work. The 2010 survey exhibition was held at the Hudson River Museum, New York and presented over 60 original works by American artists from the Hudson River school to present day. The selection committee used one of his paintings as the frontispiece image for the exhibition catalog. He belongs to several professional organizations, one of which includes the Colored Pencil Society of America where he achieved Signature Status.
In 2009 Brad relocated to Black Mountain, NC where he resides today with his wife. He supports both local and national environmental groups, often donating portions of gallery proceeds to these worthy causes. He maintains a painting studio in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina.
Are you interested in purchasing Brad Stroman’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.