Its the light that grabs you. Makes you stop and look.
New Jersey artist Michael Budden is a painter whos past subject matter included wildlife found throughtout North America but now focuses on scenes of New York City, the Delaware River and bordering towns, the east coast to the Rocky Mountains. The artist states, "We live in such a beautiful and varied country. We are lucky that we are easily mobile and can get out and experience nature first hand.
His paintings are characterized by strong design, confident brushwork, and a superior quality of light. Mike states," The challenge of painting on location emphasizes what truly excites me as an artist. It is derived from the heart, very challenging, but fun and freeing up of ones art spirit. Although I also work in the studio, nature is the best teacher and inspiration."
Budden has won many awards thoughout his career and a few highlights are the 2006 White House Easter Egg representing New Jersey and met with the First Lady Mrs Bush at the White House exhibition. Recent success has garnered him two awards at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The 2008 Purchase Award for the "Flatiron" and the "2009 Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Tradional Landscape in Oil." His paintings are found in three major Museums that focus on wildlife art, many private and corporate collections.
Budden captures a moment in time in a particular spot. He states, "Its the light that grabs you. Makes you stop and look and want to paint". His paintings are capturing the hearts of his collectors too.They make you stop and look. The artist states "I have been extremely lucky in my career as an artist. I continue to search, to get better as an artist and I feel MY BEST IS YET TO COME."