Wednesday, December 7, 2011

See the Oil Paintings of Steve Wetzel in the Gallery

New Oil Paintings by known artist Steve Wetzel available at Brath and Hughes.

Steve is a native of York County, Pennsylvania growing up in the countryside just a few miles from Wrightsville near the York County-Lancaster County border.  He currently lives near Harrisburg, but remains close to the Susquehanna River, which continues to be a popular subject in many of his landscape paintings. 
He began to study painting in the 1980’s with Carrie Wissler-Thomas at the Art Association of Harrisburg.  Here, Steve also studied plein air landscape painting with Lancaster County artist, John David Wissler for a number of years and subsequently stepped in as the instructor of the landscape class at the Art Association when the popular and well-loved “JD” needed to move on.   
Steve has had numerous solo exhibits and has been included in many group and invitational shows, including numerous exhibits at the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg, the annual juried “Art of the State” exhibition held at the Pennsylvania State Museum, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. 
Mr. Wetzel also worked as a freelance editorial cartoonist and was a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.  For years his editorial cartoons had been published frequently in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and also appeared in the Altoona Mirror, the Allentown Morning Call, and the Philadelphia Daily News.  Several of his cartoons are now in the permanent art collection of the Pennsylvania State Museum.  
His work had been selected for the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year anthology in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, published by Pelican Press,  and he was also profiled in the 2005 released Dorkstorm Press publication, “Attack of the Political Cartoonists”.

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