The CVAC offers continuing education to the community of all ages by providing engaging instruction in drawing, painting and ceramics including; sculpture, hand building and wheel throwing all backed and taught by an experienced art teacher as well as an established artist with an MFA. Not only is CVAC offering educational enrichment in the arts, but CVAC also offers an entertainment feature that is a cut above the rest with the painting party concept. As a patron of the Carson Valley Art Center you can expect to walk away with something creative that you didn’t expect to regardless what avenue you pursue classes or the painting party. You can also expect to find an art supply store offering quality art materials to continue your pursuits at home. If we don’t have it, we can get it for you.
I have a diverse relationship with art. It comes in many forms. I enjoy drawing and painting in both acrylics and watercolors, but my passion is sculpture. All things start with a drawing no matter what it is and that is how most of my work begins. My art is about the relationships between things. The things are usually figurative in natural combined with fragmented organic forms. The fragmentation is derived from a dysfunction of sorts between man and nature. Depicting the figure in a fragmented way and incorporating my preoccupation with the ocean became part of the figures I create. From that a certain beauty found in organic forms turned into the nature of my current work. I’ve been accused of creating purely feminine or sexual work but I don’t see it that way. I see it as an integral relationship with nature.
My creative process always starts with a drawing and usually many of them before I start with clay. These drawings are sometimes simple gestural sketches and other times they are complete drawings done in charcoal, graphite, pastel, ink and or multimedia. I envision modeling the clay while creating the drawings. Clay is just another visual language that extends drawing. Once the drawing part is done I go to the clay and let that process be as spontaneous as possible. The fragmentation usually stays fairly close to the drawing; it’s the organic or nature part of the piece that I let happen. The spontaneity of forms found in nature evolves into my work differently each time.
I’ve questioned the why’s of what I do and the conclusion is that it’s where I feel most at peace. The calm of the ocean and violence of it at the same time appeal to me and I find them present in my work whether intentional or not. Bringing these two relationships together underscores humanity’s need to control nature which we can’t. It’s that connection that I explore and try to reconcile.
My influences are many. From the very beginning of my exposure to art Georgia O’Keeffe was the first to influence me. Her philosophy of bringing the often overlooked into view had a profound effect on me in terms of what I wanted my art to represent. Henry Moore facilitated my love of the figure as does Rodin. Michael MacDonald has also influenced my work. The fluidity of his work creates these amazingly beautiful sculptures and while I absolutely appreciate and love them I wanted my work to be different; I wanted to show a fragmentation of that beauty.
What I want my work to say will be different for everyone. I often leave my work untitled so as not to lead the viewer one way or another. I want my audience to walk away with a sense of perspective to their own lives; to have a conversation of what they took from my work is success.
Art for me has and always will be an emotional outlet. My life, life around me and the life that I’ve seen and experienced in my travels from San Diego to Alaska are expressed in a realistic tone that has far more meaning than most people will get from viewing one of my paintings. One of the joys I get out of painting is putting a multitude of hidden meanings within the image. I have known since I was a child that art was going to be a huge part of my life. To pin point one inspiration would be impossible because everything I’ve ever done has had some impact or another which emanates within my paintings.
Born in southern California afforded me an awesome opportunity to work for Warner Bros. Studios and have credits in feature animations. While that was a life goal it opened my eyes to the reality of wanting to be on my own artistically. The training from the Los Angeles Institute of Art and Warner Bros. was invaluable. Early influences though were the original background artists at Disney and Walt Disney himself.
In addition to painting in oils and acrylics I have complete d many murals, one the largest and most extensive can be seen in Seward, Alaska on the radius wall of the Fish House in the small boat harbor. Included in my repertoire of murals is a depiction of Israel in the 4,000 plus square foot children’s ministry for Calvary Chapel Santa Cruz.
I have had numerous gallery showings and commissions from southern California to Alaska. In addition, my work is held in many private collections throughout the US. As an artist I am obligated to be true to myself and paint what I see in the hopes that the viewer will walk away from a painting by Michael J. Corona with a newfound respect and appreciation for art. Because art is universal it’s important to me that people get a glimpse of something beautiful and meaningful from my art. More than that however is to have been blessed with artistic talent which is a responsibility and all the glory of that talent goes to God.