William Pavelsek

Original Paintings

Living in Wisconsin his entire life, William, (Bill) Pavelsek was born in 1951 in Columbus, grew up in Portage and now lives in Madison.  Painting has always been natural to Bill, he has been painting since childhood.  In 1976 he received a B.S. in Art from the UW-Madison.  For 16 years he worked as a photo retoucher/restorer.  The work went hand-in-hand with painting.  It included such things as reproducing photographs and negatives as well as restoration of existing photographs, matting and framing .

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Stone Bridge- Tenny Park
Stone Bridge- Tenny Park

Oil on Canvas 16x12 img

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Sailboats -University Bay
Sailboats -University Bay

Oil on Canvas 22x14

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Lake Day Early Dec Capitol View Olbrich Pk
Lake Day Early Dec Capitol View Olbrich Pk

Oil on Canvas 24 x 18

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State Street
State Street

Oil 11x7 img

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Capitol View Near Olbrich Pk-Early Spring
Capitol View Near Olbrich Pk-Early Spring

Oil on Canvas 2x14 img

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Brittingham Pk Early Spring 2021 11x14
Brittingham Pk Early Spring 2021 11x14

Oil on board 11x14

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Capitol View Olin Turville Pk 2020
Capitol View Olin Turville Pk 2020

Oil on Panel 11x9 framed

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Olbrich Park-Winter (9)
Olbrich Park-Winter (9)

Oil on panel 11x8 framed

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Capitol Skyline View  -Mendota
Capitol Skyline View -Mendota

Oil on Canvas 30x22 +Frame

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“I have consistently painted and drawn since high school.  I am inclined to follow an Impressionist idiom.  Ideally this means one session of painting, sometimes a couple.  Drawing and painting at the same time drawing not with a pencil but with the brush, with the color.  It’s a fast execution, rapid.”“I always work plein-aire which offers a good challenge and reward. The challenge is in actually excepting the work; transporting your equipment, having the right equipment with you, being in the elements, dealing with the wind, the cold, the bugs. The reward is when you capture it. You feel as if you’ve done something. You’re tired, but it’s a good kin of tired. Its nice to work outside, things can happen around you. You can take it in through your skin. You commune a little bit with nature. There’s a communal aspect to it.”       

 

“I paint what’s around me, the vernacular, the everyday.  working outdoors keeps my painting genuine.  I feel committed to a sort of realism, if abstracted a bit.  I aim to produce something authentic, I try for that.  Because if you’re looking hard enough and trying hard enough you’re getting truth.  I’m interested in that moment of truth, that moment of time.”