by Brad VanderMoere
Media: Oil paints
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Inspiration for The Silver Bird (Will Fly Again)
This painting represents to me the loss of hope, or of promise, or of a dream that may have been felt at an earlier point in time. But with the potential to regain the ability and strength that will allow hopes and dreams to fly once more. The bird is gilded with aluminum leaf to shine brightly, however she has a glazed coating that dulls her glow. Her wing is broken representing the possible loss of flight and she sits in a cage. A gilded cage, but a cage none the less. But we do notice that the door remains open. And an aluminum coating can be polished. And a wing can be healed. And though she may not be aware of it in her present condition, there is a set of wings spread behind her, perhaps around her, as if to lift her, and protect her and aid her in flight. A re-birth of sorts, as she once again, prepares to soar.
The artwork that I create requires of me to interpret and record what it is that I believe to be truthful and heartfelt. I address topics that focus on psychological, social, spiritual and emotional issues and experiences regarding life and living – being human. It is always my goal that the images, in some way, provide some sense of resolution with a positive outcome. I create artwork that speaks, often times screams, to reach out with a voice that can help me, and hopefully others, with an understanding of living with the matters of our hearts, being alive and being human.
“The path of a Dreamer lies in despair for the Love of ALL creation.”
Have been working as a professional artist for over 25 years.
Currently working as a Fine Art painter exhibiting and selling paintings.
Previous art professions are as follows:
Conservation/Restoration Artist in the Historic Preservation field;
14’ x 48’ Photo-realist Pictorial Painter;
Instructor to adults and children in community art programs;
Sign Painting and
Have examples of work in the Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin state capitols, The Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan Opera Theater, Rackam Auditorium and numerous theaters, churches and public buildings throughout the U.S. as well as multiple private collections.
Conserved and Restored the only existing Walter Burridge Act Curtain located in the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, Michigan.
Designed the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Grand Ledge, MI.
B.F.A. Kendall College of Art and Design, major: Illustration, minor: Painting