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Gerald Chodak

Third Place

Gerald Chodak

Gerald Chodak

"After the Rain"

Acrylic on Canvas , 48" x 48"

Sale Price $2800

About This Painting


“After the Rain” is a 48″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas Painting influenced by a rainbow I saw after a heavy rain in Florida.




My introduction to the visual arts came about in the latter part of my first career as a surgeon when I was exposed to the world of glass blowing.  I personally found surgery to be an artistic expression but with obvious limitations.  Blowing glass offered an opportunity to do “surgery” on the glass to create interesting shapes with the added excitement achieved with a varied color palette.   After 13 years of working with glass and showing my work in five galleries, however, I found the need to explore painting.  I began with classes at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art in Boca Raton, Florida and the Old School Square in Delray Beach, Fl.   Whereas blowing glass required pre-work planning and had a time constraint, painting has allowed me more spontaneity and freedom with time to react to each painting as it develops.   I can work on a piece, put it aside and return to it at any time until I feel it is complete.    If something doesn’t feel quite right, I can change or modify it until I am satisfied.  Another freedom with painting is the ability to combine any colors of my choosing.  With glass, physical attributes of some colors prevent them from being combined together.  I find my direction with both mediums has been greatly influenced by the abstract colorist painters of the early and mid 20thcentury.   Color evokes a special reaction in me.  I don’t simply see it but rather I react to it emotionally, whether it is the changing colors in the ocean or sky, the flowers in my garden or the birds flying by. My goal is to evoke a similar reaction for myself as I watch the colors of the paints merge together and explode off the canvas, creating combinations that are often unexpected. Constant excitement influences my art as I prefer to display organic, non-objective shapes, which encourages the viewer to find their own message.