Tarmo Watia (painting, printmaking, all media)

As I continue to create I find myself drawing personal images on the painting surface as well as re-evaluating hundreds of older images in order to discover which ideas have become valuable enough to use once again. Ironically, it’s my upper Michigan childhood experiences that have led me to rediscover many of those images.  Just one example is my study of fish which over many years still finds a way to surface on the canvass and has further expanded by fishing in Alaska and having a chance to witness the cycle of fish found there.

My Finnish heritage with its bright use of colors coupled with Alden Steck’s teaching while growing up have always directed me towards using vivid hues.  I have made time over the years to further my art education by visiting major art museum both at home and abroad.  Simply put what I have to say in words would best be understood by your evaluating of my life’s creative work.

Born

May 11, 1938 Detroit, Michigan

Academic

Bachelor of Science in Design, University of Michigan, 1960
Master of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, 1962

Art Museums Visited

France, Netherlands, England, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Spain

Awards

Who’s Who in American Art
Notable Americans
Who’s Who in the West
Edition of American Artists of Renown
Personalities of the West and Midwest
International Biographical Center – Cambridge, England
American Artists, “An Illustrated Survey of American Contemporaries”
International Artists Biographies, Flash Art Publications – Milan, Italy
Southwest Art Review
Men of Achievement – Cambridge, England
Who’s Who in America
Strathmore’s Who’s Who
Dictionary of International Biography
The Twentieth Century Award for Achievement
Idaho Commission on the Arts, Grant
Finnfest ’95 art Exhibit Invited Artist – Portland, Oregon
From The Beginning: Contemporary Finnish-American Series, touring Finland 2003-2004