Artist Biography and Statement:
Colleen Kassner is a fine art painter living in Milwaukee. Her work varies from the whimsical to the traditional.
Although she always appreciated visual arts, she developed her creative talents as a poet in the mid-1990s. During this time she experienced several years of mental illness and abandoned all artistic pursuits. It took an epiphany to push her into the visual arts. She rekindled her love of painting and proceeded to pursue this passion with vigor.
Colleen began painting in acrylics in 2002 and transferred to oils in 2007. Since then she has researched the medium extensively. She now makes her own paint and uses the same varnishes and mediums used by the old masters.
The art of Old Masters is timeless. The art itself, for use of color and form, but also for the glimpse it gives one into lives of the era. The permanence of the work goes beyond photography and creates an image etched in humankind’s history. This fascination with time and place inspires my current explorations.