Joe Smigiel • Climax, MI
I’m a recently retired teacher enjoying my introduction to plein air painting. I have
been on a few excursions and painting retreats with the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM) and found them to be a welcomed activity during the pandemic months. Historically practicing antiquated
photographic processes, I am now revisiting earlier artistic interests via both studio
and plein air painting as well as digital photography. I’ve taken several in-person
painting workshops this past year and am currently enrolled in 3 more as well as an online painting
course, all of which have exposed me to new painting techniques and materials. I’m
looking forward to participating in my inaugural plein air competition in Port Wing.