Art on Exhibit

Ron Germundson & Tony Hilscher


The Path to Light

The Path to Light


Ron Germundson – Artist Statement

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. –Diane Arbus

Over the years my photography has gone through a transformation, from traditional to more painterly photo impressionism.   I continuously strive to make my images uniquely different.  A good friend of mine said that, “I’m a photographer with a painter’s soul” a phrase that describes me very well.

I have been a photographer for over 30 years and I have seen big changes in the last fifteen years.  Photography has moved from traditional film to the digital age.  Computers and imaging software have expanded photographers’ horizons and many of us are riding the crest of this new frontier.  It feels good to me to be part of this exciting experience.   Where this journey will lead, I haven’t got a clue, but I am enjoying the ride!

The process of creating my work is not magic, though observers do wonder at times.  It can, however, be a struggle at times to create my vision.   The camera is a vessel that captures my idea.  When that image is slipped into Photoshop it allows me to transpose it into an image that many times amazes even me!   Photoshop is to me what the painter’s palette is to a painter.  My photographs flirt with an assortment of artistic styles.  I have been told by others, that many of my images reflect the painters of the past. What it boils down to is, I don’t make the art the art makes me.




Tony Hilscher – Artist Statement

Growing up in a rural Wisconsin town, Tony developed an appreciation and respect for nature through many hours spent outdoors. After earning a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a brief stint as an Art Director in advertising, Tony pursued a successful 30-year career as an illustrator working for such clients as General Mills, 3M, Nabisco, McDonalds, Medtronic, and many of the major advertisement agencies in the Twin Cities. Much of his time is now devoted to oil painting.My dedication as a painter, as someone who needs to translate the real world into a visual poem, is a life-long journey.

My goal is to express my own emotional response; to capture the essence and mood of the natural world through the language of painting. Representational painting is not a literal translation of nature but a personal impression conveyed through the foundations of composition, value relationships, color harmony, edges, and brushwork. These elements are what give a painting credibility.

Plein air painting is the perfect blend of painting and the outdoors. It’s nature’s classroom where the concept of light and its effect on the visual world can be studied and observed. Because of the ever-changing light conditions, I am forced to concentrate on the essentials of the scene without unnecessary details.

“I have always had a deep appreciation for nature. It is a privilege to express that connection with artist’s tools. I am inspired by the late afternoon sunlight on the treetops along the water’s edge or the rugged snow covered mountains of the west. If I can convey this emotional response of the beauty in nature to the viewer and elevate their value of the natural world around us with a sense of truth, awe, and respect, I have done my job”.

It’s imperative to our collective future to protect and preserve the natural world.

Tony Hilscher
Hugo, MN