Alan Maciag paints with oils; his rural landscapes are a balance between form, distance, color and content. This balance creates a sense of calm and bucolic reverence for the rural heritage of Michigan. One is invited to simply “step in” for a moment and be surrounded by the spirit created on the canvas.
Maciag is a 1974 graduate of Central Michigan University with a master’s degree in Art Education. He retired after teaching art for 32 years in the Frankenmuth School District.
An avid drawer, Maciag gathered visual memories from past vacations and camping trips throughout Michigan in numerous sketch books. These sketches have served as subject matter for many of his oil paintings.
He also goes out in the early mornings to paint the rural farmland around his home, in his garden or in his own back yard.
His interest in architecture and gardening are recurring themes in his work.
Maciag’s work isn’t limited to rural scenes; he also captures the energy of city life, drawing out the elements that breathe life into his subjects.
His works are in private collections in California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Germany and France.