Walt Edler is Arts Council Menifee's Artist of the Month

By Shawnees Peacock, MSJC Student Journalist The inventive painting technique of May Artist of the...

By Shawnees Peacock, MSJC Student Journalist

The inventive painting technique of May Artist of the Month Walt Edler, 88, pushes the limits of how one may use traditional materials, and stretches the minds of those viewing his creations.

Edler has enjoyed a lifelong artistic career, and he continues to exercise this passion during his retirement. His involvement with Arts Council Menifee for the last three years has allowed him to develop his unique painting techniques and share his work with the public.

His 30-year professional career included work in graphic art; he held the positions of designer and art director. He has also had the privilege of working with the L.A. Times editorial page, where he provided many stylized caricatures.

Edler is an extremely well-rounded artist and enjoys tackling new creative challenges. Whether painting landscapes, seascapes, or portraits, Edler’s artwork has a timeless and graphic quality to it. He is equally skilled in working with oils or acrylics, and has a thorough mastery of drawing.

"Color, composition, drawing, perspective, contrast and attention to details are all equally important to me and have become the hallmarks of my pieces, whether working in a traditional or semi abstract style," said Edler.

Two new creative journeys of Edler’s in recent years are his very detail-oriented three-dimensional and stylized semi-abstract paintings.

"I think it is the artist’s right to reposition elements or change colors in a painting in order to ref