Martin Wittfooth makes powerful paintings, both in subject and underlying meaning. Using animals as his subjects, the Toronto-born and now Savannah, Georgia and Hudson Valley-based painter layers meaning and allegories to his masterful canvases, where he examimes the "intersection and clash of industry and nature, and the human influence on the environment." Wittfooth's impressive career will be on display in a retrospective and as part of his visiting fellowship this fall at the Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY Ulster, a comprehensive look at the diverse and detailed stories from the artist to date.

As part of the opening, Wittfooth will be presenting a slideshow presentation of his work on September 12 at 7pm. As the school notes, "Many of his works explore the theme of shamanism - rituals and practices as old as our species - through which we have attempted to dialogue with nature: the nature outside of ourselves and the nature within. His creative language uses the combination of allegory and symbolism to convey visual narratives."