Canandaigua Lake

Mike Kraus
3 min readMay 4, 2022

Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty

Canandaigua Lake

acrylic paint on canvas

36" x 48" (91.4 cm x 121.9 cm)


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Why Invest In Original Art? A great way to add your personality to a room is by decorating the walls with artwork. Big box stores offer a lot of cheap options with prints, posters, and other mass produced options. But, they lose their value immediately and rarely earn more than a few bucks years later in a garage sale. So, if you’re trying to freshen up a tired space, redecorating, or a new home-owner, you may want to consider investing in original artwork.

Can you tell me what “original art” is? “Original art” is an unique one of a kind piece, like Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night painting hanging in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. A “reproduction” is a photographic copy of the painting that has it’s image placed on posters, mouse pads, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and anything else you can imagine. Somewhere between the two are “limited edition” prints made by photographers, screen printers, etchers, and other graphic artists that promise to limit the quantity of their copies usually to less than 200 replications.

This painting would look best in a large space, over a fire place or couch. It would work best with the colors red, green, yellow, orange, dark blue, purple, black, white, gray, beige, or wood.

Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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