First Friday Art Walk’s Featured Artist

by WHIZ Reporter on September 5, 2012 at 6:31 am

A local artist is preparing his display for the First Friday event this week.

Bob Wetzel is a self-taught artist who said he has been making art for most of his life.

Wetzel uses a palette knife and hypodermic needles for most of his paintings and said he has always trying something new and different with his artwork.

"Sometimes she’ll direct me in the different subject matters that I do, but I like dogs and that sort of thing" said Wetzel.  "I like to get two or three at a time going and I like to paint in the morning, when nobody’s around or there’s no phones ringing and all that, and that’s my best time."

Wetzel was diagnosed with multiple terminal cancers a couple of years ago, and said painting helps him get through the struggle associated with knowing his time is limited.

"in fact, it’s made me run harder, if not anything, because I know I’ve got a limited amount of time and it changes your whole outlook on everything," Wetzel added, "and you don’t look at materialism so bad and you look at creativity more than anything, and I love to create."

You can see Wetzel’s display at the Masonic Temple on Fourth Street from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.