Ordinary but Extraordinary Paintings by Michael Ward

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Michael Ward began his artistic career doing pen and ink renderings of historical architecture. He began painting in 1980, first in gouache, then in acrylics. Michael was most interested in depicting what Alan Watts called the mystery of the ordinary; the workaday world we live in without seeing until we are forced to focus upon it, as in a painting.

Nearly all Michael Ward’s paintings are based on photographs he taken, primarily of Southern California scenes, over the years. Though it was never his intention to depict nostalgic scenes, many of the images he painted have disappeared or been radically altered in the ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. 

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