A Personal Portrait
From the time Bradley Kachnowicz was a young child growing up in Wisconsin, his artistic talents and passion were clearly evident. Displays of his imagination and creativity had already began to emerge by the age of six, not only in early drawings of shapes and figures, but also in the way that he shared his artistic gift—whether through his guidance of other students during art class, or in the design and painting of backdrops for the school play. Bradley was recognized by all who knew him as a true and gifted artist.
By the age of eight, Bradley was experimenting with various mediums and stretching his creative wings, now painting on foil and other materials. His fledgling entrepreneurial effort with watercolor images on pieces of tile had become somewhat sought after in his neighborhood, where he began selling them at a makeshift art stand. The discovery of pastels during his elementary years gave him the versatility of sketching, building and blending color, and as such his creation of pastel portraits of pets were a popular local offering, as well during his auspicious, young career.
Bradley made his debut in art competitions by the age of ten, and had also begun to garner awards and recognition as a bright and emerging young talent. He won his first art show medal at the age of twelve, and was commissioned for his first formal art piece at the age of fourteen. During High School, he directed his educational focus to art as his main area of study, and embarked on the deeper exploration of a variety of artistic styles from realism to impressionism. Early influences included Monet, Chagall, Tamayo and Bonnard, and his insatiable curiosity about these artistic giants, as well as the introspective defining of his own process, developed and refined his artistic abilities from the emulation of their styles early on to a unique and affecting style now that is completely his own.
During his college years, Bradley studied Art, Forestry and Wildlife Biology at the College at Stevens Point, UW Waukesha and UW Milwaukee. He then moved to Florida to live near the ocean, residing there from 1988 to 2005.
It was during this period that Bradley became increasingly prolific in his artistic endeavors and prominence, having been showcased in numerous art shows, galleries and corporate settings throughout the country. Bradley continued to grow as both an artist and aficionado of the outdoors, and in 2005 felt a yearning for life in the Rocky Mountains. This brought Bradley to Durango, Colorado, where he lives as a working artist today. Bradley finds nature to be the place that he is most comfortable… a place of solace, observation and inspiration. His love of nature and wildlife is expressed in numerous pieces, and continues to be a frequent theme in his contemporary works.
Bradley has a broad repertoire of artistic styles and diverse subjects that have spanned over his career. He has done acclaimed work in watercolor, pastels and various media, but finds a mixture of acrylic, oils and fiber to be the materials of choice for the greater breadth of his recent work and career. From realism to impressionism to abstract styles, Bradley has challenged and expanded his vision on the canvas, layering color, substance and texture to create a provocative tone that evokes a deeply emotional impact for the viewer.