Artist paints it forward
When a pastor at Rolling Hills Church recently urged the congregation to make good use of any “gifts from God” to help others rather than themselves, his words touched the heart of Cameron Park artist Joe Banuat.
The former art teacher decided it was time to “paint it forward.”
Banuat, a semi-retired real estate broker, decided to rekindle his smoldering passion for art and create works that have drawn the praise of friends and family as well as strangers who have opened their wallets to purchase the pieces.
Instead of lining his own pocket with the windfall, Banuat, 69, has decided any profits will go to the El Dorado County Food Bank to help those in need.
“My church, which is in El Dorado Hills, was already helping out the food bank and after hearing the assistant pastor talk about using our gifts to help others, I thought it would be a great way to share what I’ve been given,” said Banuat, showing an acrylic painting of a delightful frog clutching tightly to a reed. The bright greens and muted browns of the amphibian seemed to be but a moment from jumping off the canvas, so realistic is the artist’s technique.
“I would describe my style as realism, expressionistic at times and impressionistic,” said Banuat. “I enjoy making my paintings more fun than ‘real life.’”
To illustrate, Banuat called up a photograph on his computer, a photo he had taken at ...
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