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God, or Michael, in his image
by Michael Thomas Cain

I've had creative interests for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I loved to make things. I was always dreaming up something, and that usually led to me making something, and some of those projects turned out to be quite elaborate. And I always enjoyed creative classes and activities when I was in school.

Several years ago now, I took an interest in art. I enjoyed going to museums and galleries to look at paintings and different types of art. I also started studying the lives of artists much like I do with writers. I still maintain these interests today, and they've actually become an important part of my life. An ex-girlfriend ignited this interest of studying art and artists, and while we were together, she expressed an interest in wanting to paint. She had never tried it before, but it was something that she wanted to attempt, so for a birthday or Christmas (I can't remember which one now) gift I got her art supplies. I spent a long time in an art store picking out paints, canvases, brushes, an easel, etc. However, we broke up shortly after that, and to this day, I do not know if she has ever tried to paint anything. But doing that for her got me thinking.

Some time passed, and I decided that I wanted to try painting. So I went through the same process of carefully picking out supplies. I did try painting, and I'm still painting and creating art, and it has become a major part of my life and who I am. When I started painting, I was going through an uncertain time in my life, and it helped to fill a void. It still does that when I need it to, but creating art has turned out to be something much bigger for me. When I'm engaged in the act of creating art, it gives me something good, spiritual, and empowering that I don't experience with anything else. I am at peace; I lose myself in the vision and craft. Painting makes sense to me in a way that nothing else does. And I enjoy the solitude of the work; the responsibility of the craft and creating rests entirely on my shoulders. There was even a time when I thought about quitting everything else and just focusing all of my energies on art.

I am a self-taught artist. I have never had a lesson or class; I practice and get better over time and on my own. I've formally studied other things, and while that study does help and has advanced me in other areas of my life, I've found that intense, formal study has a tendency to remove the passion and excitement that I originally felt. And I don't want that to happen with the art because I enjoy the experience so much. I don't want to lose that sense of excitement and passion that it still provides me. I may not be the greatest artist in the world, but I do think that I am a good artist with some talent who's creating a body of quality work. I've improved and evolved, and I continue to do so, as a result of study, practice, and patience. As I've told friends, painting makes sense to me. I can see it. I can feel it.

 Much like a writer, an artist/a painter develops a style and is drawn to certain subjects. It's hard for me to define my style, but if I had to provide a description in the present, I would describe my art as something between impressionism and expressionism with a touch of realism. When I first started painting, I focused a lot on the human form. That is still a serious interest, but recently, I've started painting more landscape type of work, but I do have an interest in and tackle a variety of subjects. Lately, I've had an awareness of creating art that revolves around a social, political, and/or an economic climate. And I do think that some of the artists who I admire have influenced my work. Furthermore, I started with paint, but I've expanded to pencil, pen, charcoal, and pastels, just to name a few.

I create art because I enjoy it and the people around me enjoy it. And I will always value that the most. But I have been recognized for my art; I've been commissioned to create pieces, I've had pieces displayed in events, and pieces have been recognized in various resources. I think that I still explore the process of making art for myself because I gain something spiritual from the experience, and I still get so much enjoyment from it, but it is my goal in the future to publicly present more of my art.

Feel free to contact me if you're interested in talking with me about my art.

Museums and Galleries I Like:

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Museum Of Modern Art NYC Photo by Michael Thomas Cain

Pollock-Krasner House and Studio
Mikey Teutul's WolfGang Gallery
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC Photo by Michael Thomas Cain

The Cloisters

Artists and Art I Like:
Vincent van Gogh
Jackson Pollock
Edgar Degas


Frida Kahlo
Diego Rivera

Frozen Assets

Edvard Munch


Jean-Michel Basquiat
Salvador Dali

Woman Walking in Water (acrylic on canvas)
Michael Thomas Cain
52 Weeks/Works (2008 desk calendar), page 125
published by
Academy Graphic Communication, Inc.

Michael Thomas Cain's painting, Woman Walking in Water, appears in a 2008 desk calendar

Some Art by Michael Thomas Cain:

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A Face Worth Framing

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Adam Descending From Heaven

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Eve Ascending From Hell

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Suzanne #3

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Hands Waiving Free

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All Dressed With No Place To Go

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Dancing Freely

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Remember When?

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Bob Dylan

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1 comment:

  1. Your "SELF"picture is brilliant couldn't describe it in another way.