Painter • Kewaskum, WI
Distinction: Gerhartz is a leader in the resurgence of traditional, figurative painting.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? Social media and how it has opened up dialogue between artists of every caliber and from all around the globe, opening a new exchange of ideas that would have not been as accessible prior to this.
Where do you find your inspiration? From the air between petals of a flower and everything else God has dreamt up and set before us.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 10 years? Increased compassion for people and heightened sensitivity to the beauty which envelopes us.
Any regrets? Gratefully not.
How do you define success? Deep joy in all things and at all times.
Describe yourself in one word. Passionate.
How do you think you have contributed to the public’s appreciation of traditional representational painting? Because I am very moved by the beauty that surrounds us, it is quite natural for me to share my enthusiasm for conveying this in art through conversation with people in my community or with anyone I meet who shows an interest. I have also made an intentional effort to be involved in teaching by offering workshops, speaking to students at our local schools, and sharing my work with community groups. I have found social media to be a great forum to share my work along with the inspiration for my work. Also, I have recently published a book presenting my work.
How has Southwest Art contributed to your career? Through Southwest Art I have had the privilege of seeing the work of many inspiring artists, and Southwest Art supports many of the large group art venues that have been a great catalyst for pushing artists to create their best works. Southwest Art has offered me many opportunities to broaden my exposure through articles and advertisements over my 25-year career.
How would you like to be remembered? He used what he had to bring joy and hope to others.”
Featured in “40 Prominent People” in May 2011.