Essex Art League
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Paul Novak

Oil , Watercolor

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I started dabbling in art at an early age using pencil and pen and ink.  Knowing I probably could not make a career of it, I continue to love art today as a favorite pastime.  After retiring from the federal government and Champlain College, I now have the time to put more effort in my work.  I currently work in watercolors and water based oils.  I started with watercolors in the early 80s after taking an adult education course from a local artist, Peter Smith.  It is by far the most difficult media but also the most rewarding.  I recently discovered water based oils which are more forgiving but still a challenge.  Most of my works are landsacpes painted in Vermont, Maine and Florida. But I have also recently been experimenting with some abstarct techniques.  I have found that creating art gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other experience.  It opens your mind to new ideas and allows you to see the world as you and hopefully others would like to see it.  Being part of the Essex Art League, the Northern Vermont Artists and the Florida Plantation Art Club has also opened my mind to new techniques and also offers a sense of community.  I often hear the comment "I could never paint like that". I always encourage everyone to try.  There is an artist in everuone waiting to be discovered.

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