Self-Taught Artist Greg Siegwart Expresses Life in Various Mediums
Editor’s Note: Each month, Artworks Around Town will tell us about its member artists. This month will feature artist Greg Siegwart.
WHEELING — Greg Siegwart was 10 years old when his parents gave him his first set of oil paints. It was the beginning of a lifetime of joy and discovery as he perfected his skills with brush and canvas. His great grandfather’s oil paintings inspired him at an early age. Painters run in the family history as his great uncle was also artistically inclined. He tells the story of those two men, Swiss by birth, who used their talents to “paint their way to America.”
Painting for 54 years, Siegwart is 100% self taught. His favorite medium is oil but he has dabbled in ink, acrylic, pastel and watercolor. He prefers oil because, as he states “I know it.” He goes on to explain, he “knows what it is going to do, what is’s not going to do.”
Everything around him might inspire a painting. The way the evening light hits a building, rain on pavement, a smile on a child’s face — all can evolve into works of art. He can see potential in the simple things we occasionally take for granted. Landscapes, still lifes, portraits of people or pets or even the surreal provide his subject matter. Siegwart painted landscapes in France as part of the international artist program begun at Artworks in 2002.
Siegwart has been a member of Artworks for at least 10 years and is on its board of directors. He has been in several duo exhibits at Artworks and has had two one-man shows, one at The Artisan Center in Wheeling and the other in Morgantown. The Artisan exhibit was titled “Wheeling As I See It” and contained 52 paintings of local scenes, famous and not so famous, but loved. It was a challenge that required producing a painting a week. The show was a huge success.
He took part in the Wheeling 250 Exhibit at the Artisan Center this fall which featured Wheeling scenes of note.
Siegwart creates his work in his home studio. His awards are many, he has won eight in the past two years. He teaches at Artworks and Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Center.
Siegwart accepts commission work. See Siegwart’s work at Artworks Around Town, located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.