Not only does the Earth provide us with everything we need to survive, like air to breathe, food to eat, and material to build our shelters, but it also provides us with beauty and inspiration for art. The complex beauty of nature has inspired many artists throughout history for various reasons. This presentation will look at the work of visual artists of the past and the present who have explored nature in some way as the basis of their creative endeavors.
Miguel Cortinas received a BFA degree from Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Texas, and an MFA degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before his current position as Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Incarnate Word (2001 to present), Mr. Cortinas served as an adjunct instructor for Palo Alto College, Texas State University, St. Philips College, St. Mary's University, and Our Lady of the Lake University. Additionally, Mr. Cortinas served as exhibitions preparator and art instructor for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center from 1983-1998. He is a painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist who has exhibited across the United States as well as in Germany, Peru, and Mexico. Mr. Cortinas' work is included in the AT&T Collection of 20th Century American Art and the University of Texas at San Antonio.