Mitchell Saler

Fine Artist


Mitchell Saler is a fine artist who primarily paints realistic landscapes in oil. In his works, he enjoys conveying vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects. He has been exhibiting in a number of venues and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the North East Watercolor Society, the Goshen Art League, the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, the River Valley Artists Guild, the Monroe Arts Society, and a Board Member of the Wallkill River School.  He graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  He has received awards in various art exhibits including two awards from the Salmagundi Club.  He lives in Middletown, NY, and teaches art, including at the Wallkill River School as well as private lessons.  He can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mitchellsalerartist and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/mitchellsaler and his works can be purchased online on this website and at pleinair.store/mitchell-saler.html

 

Artist Statement

I paint landscapes that convey the vastness and power of nature.  My paintings range from scenes in the Hudson Valley region, where I live, to places I have traveled, as well as depictions of natural phenomena that emphasize drama and atmosphere.  Some of my paintings reference scenes from family vacations that I associate with exciting memories.  I am influenced by sublime Hudson River School landscapes.   

Stories about epic journeys through fantastical worlds fascinate me because they explore places that expand what is possible.  For me, the intense forces, luminosity, and grandeur found in nature emanate magic.  Ever-changing, amorphous properties imbue mist, clouds, and rays of light with mystery and mysticism.  Clouds vary and change from massive and heavy to wispy and ethereal in an unusual, almost supernatural way.  Fog can appear thick and obscure vision, though like air, it lacks tactile substance. 

I feel that painting is an exciting process of illusion resembling alchemy because flat, blank canvases are transformed into dynamic, spatially vast environments.  My artwork allows me to paradoxically be at a distant vantage point as well as be immersed in observing overwhelming, yet compelling scenes.  Through painting and drawing, I experience meditative relaxation as well as exhilarating energy, and in my works, I balance tranquility with a majestic drama.

 


Education

2011    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing, summa cum laude, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY

2009    Associate in Arts in Visual Arts, Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

 

Awards and Grants

2021   Best in Show, Romantic Landscapes, Judge: Robert Trondsen, Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery, NY

2020   Bill Creevy “The Oil Painting Book” Award, 2020 Junior & Scholarship Members Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2019    John and Eloise Morehouse Award, 2019 Junior & Scholarship Members Exhibit,  Juror: Dale Zinkowski, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

             Second Place, Quick Draw, Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2019, organized by the Wallkill River School, Monroe Farmers’ Market, Monroe, NY

             People’s Choice Award, Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2019, organized by the Wallkill River School,

                    Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

2018    First Place, Plein Air Paint Out at Sam’s Point , Sam’s Point Preserve Visitor Center, Cragsmoor, NY

             People’s Choice Award, Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2018, organized by the Wallkill River School,

                    Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

2017    People’s Choice Award, Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2017, organized by the Wallkill River School,

                    Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

             Robert Rosenberger Hudson River Scenes Painting Award, Hudson River Art Fest 2017, Judge: Clayton Buchanan, 

                    Tarsio Bowling Time Lanes, New Windsor, NY 

             People’s Choice Award, Hudson River Art Fest 2017, Tarsio Bowling Time Lanes, New Windsor, NY

2016    Keys of Goshen Painted Pianos Public Art, Goshen, NY

2015    Second Place in the  Oil and Acrylic Category, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts 50th Annual Fall Open 

                    Juried Exhibition, Judge: Ricky Bocarino, Ringwood Manor, Ringwood, NJ

2014    Third Place People’s Choice AwardWelcome Spring!, Crawford Arts Association, Town of Crawford

                    Government Center, Pine Bush, NY 

2013    Third PlaceOrange County Art Federation 51st Annual Juried Show, Judge: Andrew Lattimore, Brotherhood Winery,     
                    Washingtonville, NY    

            Best Plein Air Painting at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Paint Out, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 
                    Livingston Manor, NY 

2012    Directors Choice for Best Emerging Artist of 2012, Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery, NY 

            Honorable MentionThe Orange County Art Federation 50th Anniversary Annual Juried Members Exhibition
                    Judge: Jason Gaillard, Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

            Honorable MentionMiddletown Art Group Spring Exhibition, Judge: Clayton Buchanan, Orange Hall Gallery, 
                    Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

2011    Alex Martin Scholarship, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY

            Honorable MentionMiddletown Art Group Spring Exhibition, Judge: Andrew Lattimore, Orange Hall Gallery, 
                    Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

2007    Art Purchase Award, Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill, NY

 

Affiliations

  Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY

   Board Member, Treasurer, Instructor and Represented Artist, Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY

   Orange County Arts Council, Goshen, NY

   North East Watercolor Society, Hancock, NY

   Monroe Arts Society, Monroe, NY

   River Valley Artists Guild, Port Jervis, NY

   Goshen Art League, Goshen, NY

    Middletown Art Group, Middletown, NY

 

Professional Experience

2020 – 2021        Art Instructor, Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY

2018 – 2020        Art Instructor, Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, NY

2015 – 2021         Art Workshop Teacher, Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Middletown, NY

2018 – 2019         Art Workshop Teacher, Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center, Campbell Hall, NY

2012 – 2017         Graphic Artist and Technical Assistant, Cultural Affairs, Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY

2013 – 2017         Jeffrey A. Weiss Memorial Art Series Workshop Teacher, Elant at Goshen, NY

2011                     Teaching Assistant, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY

 

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