For Michael Van Zeyl, portraiture is much more than a one-sided translation of the artist’s point of view taking form in a subject. It’s an engaging visual dialogue that renders a soul in light, shadow and pigment, continuing the conversation for future generations to appreciate.
While subtle observation and technical skill are only part of Michael’s gift, his experience has honed his craft to understanding the language of painting. His talents were apparent by age seven and he spent subsequent decades mastering a wide range of painting techniques. In particular, 17th century Dutch and 19th century impressionist styles have resonated with him and surfaced in his own works.
“To capture my true, natural, lifelike aesthetic, I create a visual dialogue with my subjects by studying their expressions through observations over time. The end result is a cohesive compilation of the subtle changes in gesture, light and energy that I observe in a subject’s genuine movements.”
Michael Van Zeyl