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Pat McManus: Painting the Softer Side of Nature

Artist Pat McManus jokes that he paints wildlife instead of people for one reason: They’re not picky. “I’ve tried painting people—you have to be very accurate with people,” McManus says with a laugh. “When I would be done with a portrait they would say ‘oh, the nose is too big’ or ‘the eyes are too small.’ When I do the animals they don’t complain, so I stick with the animals.” Even if they could complain, the subjects of his art likely wouldn’t. Through a meticulous painting process, McManus de...

Behind the Wildlife Paintings of Pat McManus

Wildlife artist Pat McManus captures a moment in time through his incredible landscape paintings. Although both an avid photographer and hiker, McManus' life-like paintings are not simply recreations of photos from his explorations. To finish just one of his works of art, McManus compiles hundreds of photographs, scouts numerous locations and ultimately puts together a scene from both his imagination and the world around him. Scouring the Wild For McManus, painting wildlife is neither a career o...

Encountering Wildlife with Artist Pat McManus

It's a chilly morning as the sun rises over the frozen marsh. The winter air is crisp and still when a lone fox glances off into the distance, light gleaming off his orange coat above the white snow. Gazing into a wildlife painting by Pat McManus, it's effortless to submerge into another world. For as long as he can remember, award-winning wildlife artist McManus has had a passion for wild animals. Back as early as elementary school, McManus began diligently drawing horses and other animals. "I...

Kim Frank Fujiwara Named 2018 MI Great Artist Winner

Kim Frank Fujiwara of Rochester Hills, Michigan was a finalist in the MI Great Artist competition in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Despite those close calls, he never gave up hope to one day take home the big prize. Fast forward to the 2018 competition. Fujiwara, once again a finalist, was attending his fourth ceremony when something unexpected happened—he won. As his name was announced as the winner, a singular thought crossed his mind. “Persistence pays off,” Fujiwara said with a smile. Fujiwara was n...