Honoring Our Military Through Art

2006 McColl Center Artist-in-Residence Charles Kapsner was recently commissioned by the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association to create five paintings depicting and honoring the history of a different branch of the military.

"These paintings pay tribute to the men and women of the service," Kapsner said, emphasizing his appreciation for their passion and dedication. "They show how they served and why they served.”


Based in Little Falls, Minnesota, Kapsner’s portraits, still lifes, florals, figurative works, and frescoes unite exemplary draftsmanship and painting techniques. His formal training in Florence, Italy reveals the influence of the Renaissance masters and their precision.

You can see that influence in the amazing paintings he created during his residency here at McColl Center.

"I think getting away from my studio provided a blank slate—free of the distractions inherent in one’s own space,” said Kapsner. “My experience [at McColl Center] opened the door to a great collaboration with the North Carolina Dance Theater (now Charlotte Ballet)—especially with the dancers who so graciously and beautifully modeled for me.”

“Working with artists of another venue was productive,” he adds. “The compositions created in partnership with the dancers have taken on a contemporary feel—the human form juxtaposed with geometric or semi-architectural shapes in a higher light scheme.”

(Kapsner in studio photo: Kimm Anderson, kanderson@stcloudtimes.com)


Buon Fresco: The Fine Art of Charles Gilbert Kapsner