Impressionistic painter Noel Skiba has won two first place awards in Key West, Fla.
Skiba recently captured tops honors in the Key West Schooners Wharf Show for her painting entitled "Schooners Wharf." She also was chosen as the Featured Artist 2001 for the Pigeon Key Fine Arts Show & Poster Contest.
An Alpena native, Skiba is currently working in the Keys where she loves to paint outside on location. During the summer months she often spends time on Mackinac Island, also painting on location there.
Award-winning artist Noel Skiba poses with one of her recent paintings done in Key West, Fla.
"Throughout my life I have travelled throughout Michigan, the United States and around the globe," said Skiba, who is a third generation artist and the daughter of Tom and Joy Skiba of Alpena. "Across the state of Florida, up and down the Keys, I'm doing shows, painting and working with clients. It's much easier to paint and sell art when the weather is good, sunny and in the 70s to 80s."
While on the road, Skiba works on a variety of subjects at once. She is presently painting a large family portrait, a series of palm trees, a large tryptic of beach views, home portraits, a Mackinac Island Lilac Poster Contest painting and custom paintings, along with paintings of life and nature scenes for both shows and private clients.
"It has been so much fun to create beautiful paintings on these wonderful islands," Skiba said of her time in the Keys.
Skiba earned a BFA degree in illustration in 1985 from Kendall College of Art & Design. She also holds associate's degrees in radiology from Ferris State University and in liberal arts from Alpena Community College.
She has won many previous first place awards in a variety of media, including acrylics, oils, watercolor and printed commercial art pieces. In 2010, she won the Mackinaw Island Lilac Poster Contest.
While on Mackinac Island during the summers, she often paints on Market Street by Victorian Summer Gallery, along Lilac Lane by the Grand Hotel or along the shoreline, harbor, hotels and boardwalk.
"I love to paint. I use brilliant colors. Much of my work is produced with many layers of thick sculptural strokes of paint," Skiba said. "I feel blessed to create paintings that touch people, who want to reach out to touch the art."