Art at the Co-op
Currently on exhibit at an Outpost Cafe near you!
Outpost Capitol Drive
I have always had a passion for nature, photography, and art. Being in the vast wilderness feels like home, and I cannot think of any other place to be. What one can see in Mother Nature is breathtaking, indescribable feelings of peace and joy, and I want to capture all the beauty the earth has to offer through my photos.
My imagination, creativity, and visions come alive in my photography as well as the artist within me. I enjoy applying my own artistic version to some of my images to generate vibrant abstract digital art. I love the idea of color and the more vibrant and bold the color is, the better. Needless to say Art class was always my favorite subject in school.
Over the years, I have discovered my true calling and purpose was to start my own website - Maddan Creations. My mission is to share with the world nature's beauty and the amazing creations that are all around us through my photography and art.
Mixed media, assemblage
Thom J. Ertl was born and raised on a multigenerational vegetable farm and orchard located in southeastern Wisconsin. His family has owned and operated the farm and orchard for more than 100 years. Along with the expectations of being “a farm kid,” he always made time to be inspired by the world around him.
“I remember my childhood as a magical time to explore, to realize what life had to offer, and having the sanctity of Grandma’s permission to do that,” says Ertl. “She had this way of guiding what we were doing without influencing it too much, without turning it into her project, her creation or her end result.
“I continue to put into practice what my childhood brought to me. Grandma’s love, support and influence have been invaluable in the thought process I employ today.”
Thom J. Ertl Designs is a hybrid of wall art and furniture. It incorporates and recycles common, everyday items—bottle caps, beads, fabric, bric-a-brac, just to name a few—into modern, artistic, practical, original home furnishings and interior design. It is a reflection of over 35 years of artistic experience, combining visual merchandising, graphic design and contemporary urban assemblage with a strong sense of whimsy and color and a thought-provoking element of surprise.
Watercolor, acrylic, graphite/charcoal
From the artist:
My art tells a story of survival, compassion, and joy. All of my paintings come from a place of deep emotion and experiences in life. I strive for each piece to bring about a memory or personal feeling in each of my viewers. I want my art to express people’s nostalgia and passions. By doing this it compels the viewer to look deeper into the painting where they are able to draw upon their own feelings for interpretation. I want the viewer to experience the depth in my brush strokes and color pallet, as well as feeling personally connected to the subject matter. When I am painting I am giving a piece of myself and a want the viewer to find a piece of themselves in my work as well.