Michael Fratrich

Michael Fratrich has an eye for rural New England scenes that is translated by brushstroke into two distinct styles: American Realism and Barbizon Tonalism. His first love is for detailed renderings of everyday scenes, but though he creates paintings derived from real places, they are not intended to be simply representational.

 "I try to paint mood and atmosphere…I paint in a darkened studio with strong light illuminating only my easel. This allows me to focus on bringing forth the images that I see and feel within myself. Through this process I attempt to capture not only my heartfelt emotion, but to kindle those same feelings in the viewers of my work."