by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
To capture motion in a visual medium, one must embody speed. Skiers know the rush that comes from lines carved down a mountain side, in flying through a silent white expanse - trees disappear in a spray of powder and motion creates the sting of snow flakes on bare cheeks. To Kevin Schwarting, speed is a feeling. Speed is an experience, and speed is at the center of his work as an artist.
“What I paint is how I feel about skiing,” explained Schwarting. “The motion of someone flying through snow is so cool to me because I know how it feels.
“It is so majestic and silent, that is winter: cold and dark and silent. It is humbling to be out there in the cold wilderness, but when you have something literally flying through soft light snow, it is such a beautiful thing. Even if you are not a skier, you have to appreciate that.”
The Midwestern native had always been artistic and active; he spent years traveling to upstate Wisconsin during the winters to ski, and painted throughout high school. However, his love of skiing fueled the outdoor enthusiast in him, and he choose to go to Montana for college, and the snow.
“I was always artistic and started painting in high school…but I was young and athletic and wanted to go skiing,” he commented. “I took art classes [in college], but my work was never my primary focus. I didn’t want to paint it, I wanted to live it.”
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