Michael Burgher's Artist Statement
My art is an evolving part of my life. As a teacher of art I am interested in experimenting
and exploring with a variety of media and methods; you must be a jack-of-all-traits concerning art in education. Although,
artistically for myself, I have been consistently working with ink and colored pencil as a primary media. There has also been
a strong pull toward human types of subjects in my art. I feel as an art educator, it is important to produce art as well
as educate about art.
I have selected a variety of works that express different
ideas, but they have a common link. Life: it is the link and the foundation of all my art. This is true with many other artists.
It is what we truly deal with. Art is my life; it is who I am. A portrait of my parents or a few old men at the saloon telling
stories about the old days. I love the interactions people have with my work. It is as much theirs as it is mine. People see
my work and give it a new title. "That's Uncle Bob. He looked just like that. And he sat just that way."
My artwork is driven by content and emotion
of all breads. Love. Hate. Everything in-between. People attach their own emotion into the work. My works are largely impressions
of life, some people connect with them personally and the art illustrates their memory. The memory of Uncle Bob, the impression
of American Gothic, the crotchety old man from down the street. They spark our emotions as well as my inspiration.