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Travis Schlaht has a simple but definite philosophy about painting: “An artist should inspire,” the native Californian declares. “I don’t subscribe to the idea that an artist must challenge or shock the viewer or point out ugliness through satire. Artists can always inspire—if by nothing else then by illustrating how visually beautiful life can be.” (http://www.artistdaily.com/blogs/oil-painting/oil-painting-travis-schlaht-following-inspiration)
Travis Schlaht was born in 1975 in North Dakota. As a figurative painter who cultivates restraint, his work is recognized and appreciated by a broad international artistic community.
After earning a BA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 1997, he moved to New York to further his knowledge of academic art, joining Jacob Collins' Water Street Atelier. His artistic investigations and growing technical mastery led him to devoting himself exclusively to painting.
... After graduation, he moved to New York and became affiliated with the Water Street Atelier and blossomed as a painter under the mentorship of the Atelier's founder and leader, Jacob Collins.
Schlaht's paintings include still life, landscape, floral, interior and figurative works, displaying his prowess in all areas of the realist genre. His palette is alluring; ranging from moody darks to sensuously saturated reds, yellows and blues. With confident execution, evocative moods are created that are at once personal and painterly. Richly detailed still life paintings display both his sensitivity and daring bravura as a painter. Schlaht's powerful paintings stand out. He is a young artist with endless potential, and collectors nationwide have taken notice.
Travis lives in Manhattan with his wife, the artist Kate Lehman with their children, Enna and Roman. (http://www.johnpence.com/visuals/painters/schlaht/)