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Jeff Zdrale

Artist’s Statement

I’ve been painting since my teens –first with oil, followed by acrylics and then, for about the last 40 years, mainly in watercolor. I also use water-mixable oils for some paintings. I usually alternate between working in water color and oils. My “cycle” so far seems to be a change every two years.

Since retiring from public education 14 years ago, I’ve been able to not only to work on my own paintings, but to teach some classes. I’ve taught watercolor at Friendship Place for about 13 years as well as classes at the Trout Museum for 4 years.

I am attracted to outdoor scenes usually with some type of architectural element in them. I like the effects of strong light and shadow. Bold contrasts in color and illumination are what make a painting come alive for me.

I like to do preparatory sketches. I have filled many sketchbooks and find myself going back to them when I need a new idea.

My role models are Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent, in that order. It’s interesting to note that all three painted in oil and in watercolor just as I do.

While I have many avocational interests and do a lot of volunteer work, art is, by far, my greatest love.

Size and Price Range
9×12 inch: $200
11×14 inch: $275
17×22 inch: $300


Jeff Zdrale at the Trout Museum of Art | Past Exhibitions 2020