From the artist:
"I was asked to create this piece with the idea it would reflect on the surrounding landscape and the prairie lands that symbolize the heartland. A piece that I had completed earlier was a reference for this but I was asked to bring more vitality and a vision of growth. I switched my palette around to bring in some more verdant greens and blues with the cadmium yellow and yellow ochre breaking through the background to give it a burst of energy and sunlight."
Michael Ireland has participated in the creative process for over thirty-five years beginning with his studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Under the direction of master instructor Irving Shapiro, he began to explore the effects of light and color through transparent watercolor. He soon developed a passion for the medium that continued throughout his life and career. Today Michael is a nationally recognized painter as well as an accomplished creative director and graphic designer.
Michael's painting style and technique challenges the scale and format associated with traditional transparent watercolor resulting in some of his recent works measuring up to over twenty feet in length. This process and approach has led to his artwork being placed in healthcare, corporate and residential collections throughout the country.
He was also the founder and creative leader of an award winning design firm specializing in film/video, graphic design and multi-media. His clients included Gatorade, Accenture, Baxter Healthcare, KPMG, Quaker Oats and Zenith to name a few. Leaving the world of commercial art in 2001, he made the commitment to turn his lifelong passion into his lifelong career. Michael is now focused solely on his career as a fine artist.