Featured Artist: Ken Cadwallader
About the Artist:
Cadwallader’s paintings are wonderfully colorful and dynamic representations of the world around us. Inspired by just about everything, Cadwallader paints subjects ranging from landscape to floral to figure with a unique quality, all their own.
Born and raised in Michigan, Cadwallader received a bachelor’s degree in fine art at Kendall College of Art and Design, an exclusive private college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While in attendance at Kendall, he was also invited to study at the Royal College of Arts in London. In London he found the direction he wanted to take his art. Struck by the pure and simple beauty of representational impressionism, he immediately knew that was the style he wanted to pursue.
After graduating from college with honors, Cadwallader moved to Chicago where he attended the Palette and Chisel Academy in order to further his understanding of impressionism. Shortly after arrival, Cadwallader was discovered by a respectable Chicago Gallery and so began his professional career. Absorbing as much as he could from the Palette and Chisel he continued on to the Loveland Academy of Fine Art in Colorado to put the final touches on his education.
As Cadwallader built his professional career many people began to take notice including galleries, magazines and jurors. His work has been seen in magazines such as Southwest Art, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine and Wildlife Art. His paintings can be found in galleries across the country. Cadwallader has participated in many prestigious shows such as the Arts for the Parks, Oil Painters of America, and Portrait Society of America, receiving awards in all. Cadwallader is an active member of the local and national art community. He is a member of Grand Valley Artists in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the current vice president of Oil Painters of America.
Cadwallader’s paintings are a strong combination of color and design. He has derived his style from the influence of painters whom he admires, masters he has worked with and an unmistakable element that comes from deep within. Cadwallader strives to convey his vision to the viewer, inviting them to share the sheer wonder he experiences while painting.