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Rising Stars: Meet Michael Schuessler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Schuessler. 

Michael, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My journey in becoming the artist that I am was long, somewhat challenging, yet beautiful. When I was 4 my mother Immigrated from Germany to the USA just trying to give us a better life, which Indeed it is. 

From a young age, she instilled creativity in all ways, within me, starting with the “DRAW ME” head in the newspaper. I drew it, sent it in, and was accepted into their program, (I’m sure everyone was, but I knew no difference then.) It was the catalyst, my beginning. It gave me the confidence I needed. 

I sketched from real-life subjects with pencil and paper. Some years after that my mom allowed me to paint murals on the walls of the different homes we lived in, always supporting me and my artistic urges. I used the paints we had leftover upon moving in and anything I could find to be creative with. 

My Mom is a bit of a mystic and through the years she introduced me to different types of spiritualism. She allowed me to choose and become the Man, Artist, and Healer that I am. Spirit is what drives my work, (I study the Hermetic side of spiritualism, Healing with Sound and Color, etc.) All of these things and everything before this area I now reside in has gotten me to where I am now. It allows me to connect on a deeper level with Spirit, which in turn heightens my intuition and my ability to let spirit flow through me and thus through my works with color and movement. 

I sold my 1st piece of art to the Postmaster general in Larkspur, Colorado (A Dragon) at the age of 12, and I haven’t looked back since. My medium has changed over the years. Starting with pencil sketches, then Latex and Oil paint wall murals, whatever was available I used to be creative. 

In the late 80’s I found Nancy Hannum in Littleton, Colorado. She took me under her wing and I went into a strict apprenticeship for years under her supervision. This is when I learned the medium, I use today. Chalk Pastel on Raw canvas, which I bind together with a special bonding agent, in a series of transparent layers. This is a medium/technique that no one else uses… and until recently I was sworn to secrecy as far as the properties of the binding agent and application process. Only now after Nancy’s passing am I allowed to pass it on to others. 

I find that this medium, above all others I have used, allows the spirit to flow through me. I can affect people on a deeper spiritual and/or emotional level. You can almost hear the colors, see the vibrations of healing through the beauty that lays within the shapes and motion. 

My medium is ever-changing, I am always experimenting with other agents to intensify the colors. The basis is always the same (PASTEL). I have added phosphorescent powders and pastels to change the work under UV light. in essence two different personalities in one work of art. I’m also applying for an epoxy resign over the works. It’s my new “Shades of Living Color series, Shinny and intense, you can see your own spirit within the works. I evolve every day yet the spirit and body of the workflows with my style and essence. 

Over the years I have shown in many galleries and had different Gallery representations. I also do commission works, specifically tapping into the people’s energy and creating their own personal work of art. In the 90’s I had two Galleries of my own, one on 22nd St. and one on Larimer Street in Denver, Voted one of Denver’s top 5 studios by CBS 4. 

Now I’m in a new phase of doing Fine Art Fairs, going all over the country, taking my art to the people, also promoting others and their creativity with our own Arts Festival/show in Telluride Colorado every September. The Telluride Cars and Colors Fine Arts and Sculpture Show, soon to be Telluride Autumn Classic. 

I find creating and getting the work out to the people and allowing them to see and experience it is what makes me the Happiest It’s my way to give and heal others, with light, color, and movement, the Spirit of the pigments. I feel so blessed to be able to heal others through my works, to see the emotion on their faces hear the joy in their voices…There is no other place in the world that you can follow your dreams make a living at it, and at the same time capture the hearts and minds of the people that surround you. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I guess it depends on perception. Fine Art/ Painting Is easy on the Soul it makes me breathe easier. It’s what keeps me sane. In all reality, without it, I would fold up and decay. We all need something… Some little thing we can make our own, something that makes us smile on the inside. whether it’s a smile, a beautiful smile, a thought, or a warm embrace. My art gives me that warm embrace and I share it with others. 

Yes, it’s been difficult, selling your creativity and depending on it to be successful can make it into a choir. It sometimes feels like the light fades ever so slightly into the darkness. What do I paint? How do I sell it? Where do I sell it? Do they Like it? All this and more can be problematic… and stifle creativity. 

When I began these were the thoughts that I pondered, and during my Apprenticeship, I met a wise man Robert Stromeyer from the Colorado academy of arts. I asked him; what do I paint to be successful? Cars, airplanes, landscapes? His response, “Michael paint from the heart let the spirit move you, and if you feel the work if it speaks to you… then you’re doing what you need to do. Someone else will feel the same as you do and it will be good, and you will be successful, Paint from the heart.” 

I still ponder these things at times get lost in the semantics of making a living, how can I not? 

I have found, that after the many years (40) of doing this, that a healthy body, leads to a healthy mind, a healthy mind leads to a healthy Spirit, a healthy Spirit Provides everything you need to be successful. Not just as an artist but as a human being. Art makes my spirit soar, it heals, I do the art and the art does me. The circle of life. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My medium is Chalk Pastel on Raw canvas, which I bind together with a special bonding agent, in a series of transparent layers. This is a medium/technique that no one else uses. and until recently I was sworn to secrecy as far as the properties of the binding agent and application process. Only now after Nancy’s passing (My Mentor) am I allowed to pass it on to others. 

I find that this medium, above all others that I have used in the past, allows the spirit to flow through me. I can affect people on a deeper spiritual and/or emotional level. You can almost hear the colors, see the vibrations of healing through the beauty that lies within the shapes and motion. 

My medium is ever-changing; I am always experimenting with other agents to intensify the colors. The basis is always the same (Chalk Pastel). I have added phosphorescent powders and pastels to change the work under UV light. in essence two different personalities in one work of art. I’m also applying for an epoxy resin over the works. It’s my new “Shades of Living Color series, Shinny and intense, you can see your own spirit within the works. 

I evolve every day, yet the spirit and body of the workflows with the same style and essence that I began with. 

In addition, on the creative side of my life; 

” Star Dancer ” My Special Native American Name. This was given to me by Priscilla Dakota Wolf; A well-known Apache Medicine Woman, a Healer and a Story Teller, an author a special and beautiful soul, she came into my life, I helped her with healing and in return, she gave life and light and spirit to our lives, Then Spirit came to her and gave me this special name. Such an Honor 

I also have a video production company “Global Camz Unlimited” Producing a TV Show called Denver’s Heartbeat, (Filming local and National bands in the Colorado Area). 

I’ve also written a Relationship book; ‘The Holy G-Rail” (G-Spot relating anatomy into lovemaking) Topped Amazon at 104 in relationship books. (I believe all women are the Holy Grail and should be treated as such) 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My Special lover and beautiful wife who puts up with me and the different modes of consciousness I’m in during my creative phases… she is also my publicist, my heart, and that beautiful smile I need to start the day with. 

My Mom/Family for the love and support always given me, if we had not moved to this great country, I’m not sure I’d be the man that I am or have the opportunity that make me the Artist that I am. 

The Great Creator/One Self; whatever you choose to call it. My spiritual brothers and sisters; Teachers, for without Spirit one would not exist. 

Priscilla Dakota Wolf, Apache Medicine Woman, and Healer She gave me my Special Native American Name (Star Dancer) 

Nancy Hannum my mentor, for the special medium and technique that she taught me. Robert Stromeyer’s short but impactful advice! 

The many Artist friends and supporters I’ve met on this path The gallery owners who promote me each and every day 

All my clients over the years and special people that I have met along this path of Artistic endeavors. 

Pricing:

  • 18″x18″ $525.00-625.00
  • 36″ x 72″ $3,200.00-$3,800.00
  • 48″x60″ $3,900-$4,800.00
  • Canvas pricing at 1.355 per sq. inch
  • Resin pricing 1.777 per sq. inch

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