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Chuck Bauer
Wisconsin Artist
1922 Jefferson St Madison WI
1922 Jefferson St Madison WI

Watercolor f

Walnut Lane Philladelphia  14x18,19x23fr
Walnut Lane Philladelphia 14x18,19x23fr

Oil on Canvas 14x18. 19x23 frmd

Copper Urn-Blanchardville 18x23 frn-arti
Copper Urn-Blanchardville 18x23 frn-arti

Watercolor 18x23

Republic Michigan Cabin
Republic Michigan Cabin

Framed Oil on canvas 18x14 Fr

Porch in Philadelphia
Porch in Philadelphia

Framed Oil on Canvas 16 x 20

Roby Rd
Roby Rd

Framed Oil on Canvas 20x16

Philadephia Fantasy
Philadephia Fantasy

Framed Acrylic over Oil

1845 Summit Ave
1845 Summit Ave

Framed Oil on Canvas 18x14

Nov House-112 Lathrop St
Nov House-112 Lathrop St

Framed Acrylic 18 x 14

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Most of my paintings are of modest size because I paint wherever I go, and am rarely without painting supplies. I carry them on foot, in a canoe, on my bike, on subways, in airplanes, on trains, buses, cars, trucks, golf carts, boats, and ships. Motorcycle might be next, and horseback even sounds good! Maybe even a rocket ship someday. 

Painting en plein air offers special pleasures and special challenges. Shifting light, blowing wind, expanded time, serene stillness, chill dampness, falling snow, blazing sunshine, puzzled wildlife, and hungry insects are some of them. Most are surprising. Many are wonderful. Few are daunting. All are stimulating. 



My works are usually executed, or at least begun, out of doors, on site (en plein air), and completed during one or more painting sessions. One quickly discovers there is no substitute for direct response to the natural world: photographs deceive, memory falters. I tend to choose subjects that offer opportunities for color expression, suggest light capture, or provide compositional challenge. Taking the larger view, I believe, and I hope, that by merely trusting to the rich visual bounty of virtually any subject, one can, potentially, infuse substantial, and maybe even universal, emotional content into one's paintings.


My father was in the military and I grew up worldwide, with several years in Asia, and many more in Europe. Our family always explored the cultures we were in, and my mother took art classes, and sometimes I would go along. In school I was comfortable with academics, but really loved art best.

I have been painting since college (B.F.A., 1969 Ohio Wesleyan University, and M.A., UW Madison, 1970), and seriously since 1981 when I moved to rural Blanchardville, Wisconsin and began to paint outside (en plein air) as much as I could. 

I enjoy switching between water and oil painting media, though I have experimented with both sculpture and mosaic. My inspiration arises from a desire to capture the moment, the light, or some other hard to define compositional element that attracts my attention. For me the immediate subject matter is not the primary meaning of the work, and I always try to look deeper. 

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