Portrait of Mike Schultz

Portrait of Mikey

Portrait of Mike Schultz.  1999, oil on oak panel, 5 1/2 x 6 3/8″.

Somehow I neglected to add one of my favorite paintings to the archive here.  This is a portrait I painted of my close friend Mike Schultz when we were in school together.

10 thoughts on “Portrait of Mike Schultz

  1. Who is this handsome devil? It’s fascinating to see this painting– it was handled much differently than how you work now. For instance, the shirt/shoulder looks like underpainting. The tree is verging on expressionistic. I really like the use of shadow and how it shifts on the figure from front to back. Also, I’ve always liked the glowing strip on the horizon and that little windmill type building. Doesn’t this one have a nice frame as well? If so, could you post a photo of it in the frame? Or is this one unframed? I can’t quite remember. Thanks for posting this, Jack.

  2. Reblogged this on Mike Schultz Paintings and commented:
    Here is a portrait that my good friend Jack Baumgartner painted of me one million years ago when we were in school together. He just posted it this morning on his website and I thought I would share it with you. Can’t we all agree that that’s a nice glowing horizon? I’ve always loved the way he handled the rolling, receding fields too.
    Thanks for reading! <<>>

    1. The little house was intended to be a windmill reminiscent of those in the flemish landscapes of the 15th and 16th centuries. It looked pretty interesting without the blades so they were omitted. The precarious structure has become a symbolic architecture in my work ever since- with not a few connotations and meanings.

      I am very glad that you all like the painting. Thank you.

      1. Mystery solved… Though sometimes I do feel a bit like a rickety blade-less windmill.

  3. My god man. The talent and skill has been around a long time. I”m constantly amazed by the work you produce from woodworking to lino-cuts. One day I hope to have at least one of your pieces….

  4. Wow! How long has it been? I always really liked this portrait. I feel like there should be one of the two of you together at that time…

    1. Hi Kristen! Do you mean the painting by Peter Bernal? I wish I had had the foresight to purchase that work from him. I can hardly remember it, but I think Jack was playing the banjo and I was playing the guitar? Hope you are well…

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