R E V I E W S
From "Creative Juices" in
Nantucket Times, 2003:
In Paul Galschneider's
world, color and light rule supreme. His lush paintings in oil capture Nantucket
bathed in a Fauvist's pallet, with golden light and undertones of red, lavender,
lime green and yellow. His work includes streetscapes, landscapes, interiors,
and florals, rendered in a painterly manner reminiscent of Van Gogh, whom he cites
as an early influence--quite an accomplishment for an artist who is essentially
and who has only been painting for about ten years. Galschneider, who is originally
from Slovakia, took painting classes when he first arrived in this country.
the day I first got paint, it just grabbed me and it's getting stronger and stronger,"
he said. His studio is filled with canvases, covering all wall surfaces, propped
up on the floor, and displayed on fanciful easels that he constructs out of copper
pipe and fittings. As a plumbing and heating contractor, he's found a creative
use for his "day-job" materials. Besides the easels, Galschneider builds
whimsical wing-backed chairs out of the pipe; a wine rack stands almost seven
feet tall, with twisting pipe-vines to hold glassware and with spaces for 18 bottles.
His imagination is boundless and though he works from still-life and existing
landscapes, paintings are often formulated in his mind before they appear on the
"I study the light; I study the shapes,"
Galschneider said. "I like to capture the light and the timing of the day,"
he added. "It's a challenge to do that." Nantucket has provided bountiful
subject matter and community support as well. Fellow artist George Thomas helped
him join and exhibit at Nantucket Artists' Association. Paul Arsenault shared
techniques for working "in plain air." He has slowly established himself
on Nantucket through both good years and difficult ones.
really want to thank the many members of the community who supported me,"
Galschneider noted. Just looking at the results of those efforts, friends and
patrons must know that they have indeed nurtured a special talent....
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