John Felsing

(b. 1954)


A master at capturing the more ethereal aspects of nature, painter John Felsing creates haunting landscapes that reveal the fleeting effects of light and color glimpsed only at twilight.  The inspiration for Felsing’s introspective oils is firmly rooted in the lakes, streams, and woodlands surrounding his home in Mason, Michigan.  His vision of nature is rendered in muted colors and soft contours that evoke a quiet, contemplative mood.  Yet his landscapes often contain a suggestion of mystery.  Forms are lost in shadow, edges blur, and shapes emerge from the background, like figures in a dream.

Although many of Felsing’s compositions give the impression of simplicity, his renderings of a tree, a pond, or a fallow field reveal a complexity of ideas and emotions.  When we as viewers allow ourselves to be drawn into the scene, we discover subtleties that are not apparent upon first glance.

For Felsing, the subject matter is less important than the act of painting itself.  His process is introspective and intuitive, an intensely personal meditation he has likened to memory or dream or music.  The resulting works, with their nuanced tones and unique textures, resonate with the interior impulse that drives them. 

The magic of twilight is that it is steeped in mystery.  One is required to participate, as shapes are what remain – not identifiable objects.  Edges dissolve and the landscape is simplified and devoid of details.  There exists a harmony of mass, color, and atmosphere, a landscape of minimalism.

                                                            John Felsing

Born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1954, Felsing received a B.S. degree from Michigan State University in 1979.  His paintings have been exhibited at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, the Algonqin Park Museum in Ontario, Canada, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, among others.  His paintings also reside in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Nature Conservancy of Arlington, Virginia and East Lansing, Michigan, the Living Science Foundation in Redwood City, California, the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, New York, and the Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.  He has also been featured in numerous publications, including the magazines Wildlife Art, Southwest Art, Art-Talk, and Mountain Living.