Vail Valley art: Mio’s expressions at Loaded Joe’s
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily: What does painting mean to you?
Mio Cirkovic: To me, painting means a personal expression of a place or thing, any subject matter. I want people when they look at my paintings to see and feel what I see and feel as I paint. For example: A warm sunny day, the weight of the mountain, the sound of rushing water in a stream, the coolness of a shady spot, a rustic old wooden barn etc.
VD: When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
MC: Ever since I was 12 years old I knew that sooner or later I was going to pursue art as a profession. Growing up in Europe and living in Paris for a couple of years, I was exposed to so much art. Everywhere you went there was art. Architecture, bridges, kiosks, cafes and any public establishment displayed original art. Throughout parks, metro stations, architectural landmarks, even on city sidewalks there were colored chalk portraits of famous individuals created by art students.
VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?
MC: What inspires me to paint landscapes is the sheer natural beauty of this valley. My desire to paint, draw and design architecture is constant. Now with the fall season upon us, I am very eager to set my easel in the landscape where I am surrounded by the vibrant golds of the aspens as they turn and how the autumn light enriches the deep greens, grays and shadows on the mountains.
VD: Why did you choose the medium that you work with, or did it choose you?
MC: I chose oils. My experience with acrylic paints was that they dry too fast so I would have to keep on spraying my pallet and sometimes my painting with water. Acrylics also darken with time, therefore losing the brilliant colors. Water colors are great but very unforgiving and not bright enough.
VD: Describe your style.
MC: I would describe my style as gesture painting. I like to paint with a semi broad stroke, meaning that I am neither a realist painter nor an abstract painter but somewhere in between. My opinion is that if I painted a realistic looking painting, at its best it would only be as good as a photograph of the subject matter. I like to involve the person viewing the painting and also leave room for a viewer to see something different every time they look at my paintings.
VD: If you were to meet any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
MC: I always wanted to meet Richard Schmid. In my opinion, I think he is the finest American painter of his time. He is very versatile in his subject matter and style. He paints landscapes, still-life, portraits and figures. If one looks at his paintings, one will notice that only the necessary brush strokes are included. He delivers the greatest amount of information to a painting with fewer brushstrokes. I learned a lot from Mr. Schmid.
VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art?
MC: The favorite piece of art I own is a 9-by-12 painting by a local painter name Don Sahli. It is a landscape painting of a pond near Piney Lake. The name of the picture is “The Moose Pond.” Don Sahli paints “impasto.” He uses broad brush strokes with lots and lots of paint. However, it is the way he skillfully used the thick application of paint and his brush strokes that makes that painting special to me.
VD: Where do you sell your art?
MC: Fusion in Eagle sells my paintings.
What: Artist reception with Mio Cirkovic
Where: Loaded Joe’s, Avon
When: 6 p.m. Friday
More information: Call 970-748-1480