Michael Friedland

Hot-Hazy Delta-Day Almost-August

Michael studied painting and design at Paier School of Art, Coronado School of Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art. Retired now from a forty year career as a designer, he has been teaching painting (with watercolor) for the past seven years. He teaches in Mill Valley, Corte Madera and San Rafael…and in Oakland, helps with CWA’s Community Outreach program teaching Vietnam veterans. He taught design at a university in Montréal and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He teaches for several weeks each year at Yosemite in their artists in residency program. Michael is on the California Watercolor Association’s board and is Director of their National Exhibition. He is an elected member of the Baywood Artists, a group that paints together each summer to fundraise for environmental organizations through an annual show and sale in the Fall.

Michael Friedland – Artist Statement I fell in love with watercolor in my first year of art school. So, in my second year, I put the oil and acrylic paints in the closet and have been focusing on painting with watercolor ever since. I just love the way that this very unique medium can capture the feeling of light and how it can be made to do things with color that no other medium can. I love how it’s portable and more conducive to painting en plein air. As an interesting parallel, for years I was drawn to and collected colored glass vases and enjoyed how they looked set against my windows. Looking at them one day recently, I finally realized that, ‘OH, it’s the same thing as a watercolor…looking at (enjoying!) color illuminated by light!”