Pitzer's Fine Arts is pleased to present the original oil paintings of painter Michael Albrechtsen, a Utah painter of light who has a kinship with the outdoors. Painting is a way for Michael to express his emotions for what he sees around him.
Michael mixes what he sees and what he wants to see in developing his paintings. He may add a stream, a mountain, or waterfall to achieve the feeling he wants for his painting. Sometimes he will work some low mountains into the background just to give something for the colors to contrast against.
Michael is fascinated by landscapes but also loves painting figures. Especially when those figures are of his family and loved ones. While in school Michael did a lot of figure work with models but now tries to paint figures at least once a week, mostly his children. When doing figures he only paints those he loves. Michael is very close to his family. While doing a workshop in Texas, at night he would practice a magic trick just to be able to show it to his children when he returned. When he has to be away to paint or teach his family is always on his mind.
Michael Albrechtsen may have started his fine art career a little later than a lot of artists, but he has dramatically made up for lost time. His decision to make art a career move came in 1989 and his decision to leave the corporate world behind to make a committment to his love of fine art came a few years later. He's never looked back. Born in bountiful Utah, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, Michael developed a strong interest and connection with the outdoors at an early age.
"I paint in oil because I like the rich colors and how forgiving it is," he says. "I love the way the light affects things. The light changes throughout the day, changing its effect on objects. The time of year, the temperature, or the area of the country all play a part in the way the light changes. I try to take days off from painting and it just doesn't work. Painting is a way for me to to express my emotions for what I see around me. Whether or not I am able to sell anything is secondary. I would still have to paint."