For Milwaukee artist Patricia Obletz, color is an inspiration and a catalyst.

Her paintings, saturated with bold, primary hues, capture people in motion, almost as though the subjects were creating the colors themselves.

Obletz, a self-described 21st century expressionist, is showing a series of paintings at Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton's office on the east side of the Capitol Building through the end of the month.

"I paint what I cannot photograph," Obletz writes in an artist statement. "My subjects arrive in streams of consciousness, where self-awareness disappears, connecting my spirit to God."

Obletz paints angels, horses and lush landscapes. Some works in this show are essentially portraits - a woman playing a guitar, a man playing Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice."

"What influences my work goes beyond art school and art history courses to current events, accidents, and the rhythms of classical and contemporary music," Obletz writes. "Every new work thrills me with its unexpected presence and the challenge of its evolution."

- Lindsay Christians

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