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Vernon Reinike

Vernon Reinike

Mobile, Alabama

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Artists Statement:

My personal approach and intention is best summed up by Robert Henri in his book "The Art Spirit" in the following quotes: "When the artist is alive in any person... he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding... A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle… What we need is more sense of the wonder of life, and less of the business of making a picture. ...art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness."

The following excerpt is from ‘Interesting People of Ocean Springs’ by Ray L. Bellande:

"......While at USM, Reinike studied art with Dr. Charles Ambrose. His knowledge of plein air painting was acquired while a student of Charles Richards of New Orleans............Liberally self-taught, Reinike has an extensive knowledge of both the French and American painters of the 19th Century Impressionist movement. He has lectured on and taught his technique of using the color spectrum palette to many art enthusiasts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (The Sun Herald, June 27, 1993, p. F4 and George E. Ohr Museum Guide, December 1-31, 1998). Reinike works primarily in acrylic and oil to create impressionistic canvases of landscapes, still life, and portraits. His paintings represent the experience of the artist conveyed in a visual language that can be observed and emotionally experienced by the viewer........Reinike has probably been the most prolific artist to recreate the landscape of Ocean Springs on canvas. His 1987 exhibit, “A Visit to Ocean Springs”, and 1989, “Shearwater Pottery”, are municipal treasures which will be lauded by future historians as a visual record of this city in the late 20th Century. In 1970, Reinike designed the d'Iberville monument, which now rests on the Civic Center grounds, and is registered within the Art Inventories Catalog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum."

Vernon’s experience with the Fine Artist’s creative endeavor is perhaps best reflected in his following poem:

The Impressionist

I have…
…walked fields with old Pissarro
and gazed into ponds with Monet;
watched him fill the dusk
with sunlight from his brush
upon the harvest hay.

…watched the lure of sunshine send Sisley to Marley and Moret,
where he captured flood and buildings in the early part of May.

…seen the crows with Vincent,
in the distance fly away,
as he painted in the wheat field
on his final summer day.

…danced the canvas with Renoir painting Gabrielle’s sensual skin,
and dined with all these artists at Mere Anthony’s Inn.

…watched, as from America came Cassatt, Robinson, Metcalf, Chase and Hassam too,
then Benson and Frieseke, and finally Sargent, were captured by the new.

And now, much later I follow in their footprints, though giant steps behind,
as I search for Muse and Truth in whatever light that I may find.

- Vernon Reinike, 1987

 

Langan Lake Heron II by Vernon Reinike

 

Langan Lake Heron I by Vernon Reinike

 

Canal Path, Early Autumn by Vernon Reinike

 

Toward the Beach by Vernon Reinike

 

Mobile Skyline from Felix's by Vernon Reinike

 

Downtown Mobile on Dauphin by Cathedral Park by Vernon Reinike

 

Low Tide in Mobile Bay by Vernon Reinike

 

Sailing Out to the Gulf by Vernon Reinike

 

Ann's Pond V by Vernon Reinike

 

Ann's Pond IV by Vernon Reinike

 

Ann's Pond III by Vernon Reinike

 

Summer Wetlands by Vernon Reinike

 

Early Autumn by Vernon Reinike

 

Summer Wetlands - To the Gulf by Vernon Reinike

 

Summer Wetlands - Outlet by Vernon Reinike

 

Evening, Lagan Lake Reflections by Vernon Reinike

 

Summer Wetlands - Distant Haze by Vernon Reinike

 

Feeding the Gulls Near the Gulf by Vernon Reinike

 

Looking Through the leaves by Vernon Reinike

 

South of the Island by Vernon Reinike

 

Stephanie by the Bay by Vernon Reinike

 

Summertime on the Beach by Vernon Reinike

 

Reading in the Park by Vernon Reinike

 

Bayou Field by Vernon Reinike

 

Walking the Dunes by Vernon Reinike

 

Around the Bend by Vernon Reinike

 

Anne's Garden by Vernon Reinike

 

Dauphin Street Light by Vernon Reinike

 

Azalea by Vernon Reinike

 

Mobile Skyline from the Eastern Shorte by Vernon Reinike

 

Mobile Skyline Late Evening by Vernon Reinike

 

Langan Lake Reflections by Vernon Reinike

 

Evening Skyline Mobile by Vernon Reinike

 

Green Hatband by Vernon Reinike

 

Dauphin at Cathedral Square by Vernon Reinike

 

Autumn Field by Vernon Reinike

 

Among the Shadows by Vernon Reinike

 

Mobile Skyline August Morning Light by Vernon Reinike

 

Foggy Skyline from Felixs by Vernon Reinike

 

Mobile Skyline from Felixs Windy Day by Vernon Reinike

 

Late Rainy Day Clouds Lifting by Vernon Reinike

 

Mobile Skyline from Felixs by Vernon Reinike

 

My Favorite Hat by Vernon Reinike

 

Night Across the Bay by Vernon Reinike

 

Sunlight by Vernon Reinike

 

Stephanies Fountain Hat by Vernon Reinike

 

Sunlight and Shadow by Vernon Reinike

 

Sunday Morning on Dauphin by Vernon Reinike