“Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” -Samuel Butler, English Author, (1835-1902)
Misuk Goltz is a watercolor artist who will tell you she is blessed creating portrait after portrait of her life. Beginning November 1, Benicia art devotees will delight in Misuk Goltz’ solo art exhibit Portrait of Life at Milinda Perry Gallery.
Goltz, who is presently living in Vacaville, brings to her paintings a rich background of life experiences and academic accomplishments including advanced degrees in art therapy and mental health counseling. She was born and raised in South Korea and lived in West Berlin for three years, before moving to the U.S. in 1980. After working as a psychiatric outpatient counselor, she retired in 2008 and began painting. Although her painting was initially a hobby, she fell in love with creating in watercolors. Goltz’s keen interest in traditional Chinese calligraphy and textile art informed her artistic vision. “For me, every aspect of creating a painting is pleasurable. How satisfying it is to dance with your brush onto a beautifully prepared cotton paper and flow with loaded paint and water,” she said.
The display of Misuk’s work at Milinda Perry Gallery will evoke feelings of rapport, empathy, and connection with the world, its people and surroundings. Viewers will be mesmerized by her paintings—besides stunning portraits, you will see her interpretations of everyday surroundings, locally and from around the world.
Misuk has received numerous awards; many in first place and best of show in juried competitions at the local, state, and national levels. Locally, her watercolor paintings dominated the watercolor awards at the 2017 Fairfield/Suisun Visual Arts Association (FSVAA) 54th Annual Regional Juried Art Show, by placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plus an honorable mention for her work.
Portrait of Life is the title Misuk chose for her show at the Milinda Perry Gallery, because she feels the paintings in the show represent how she interprets people, nature, and other aspects of her world. An artist reception will be held at Milinda Perry Gallery, 117 East F Street, in Benicia on Friday, November 9, 5-7pm.