Bruce Kotchey

Bruce was part of our March 2011 Ruth Eckerd Hall Exhibit

Bruce Kotchey started doing artwork about 12 years ago when he took a drawing class at the Dunedin Art Center.  For the next four or five years his colored pencil drawings were all he did.  Then he decided to ‘loosen up" a bit.  After a couple of experimental water media courses, he moved on to collage, clay hand building, stone carving and then found acrylics.  He says everything came together.  He was in his element.

"I find acrylics quick, easy and adaptable.  But it takes experimenting with brushes, colors, layering, styles and diversity. I can do still-life one day, landscapes the next, and then combine these with collage.  It’s great because it's ‘freeing’ and nothing is safe." 

He says his greatest joy is making gifts of his work for friends and relatives.  He says letting them choose from his stack of work and seeing just which they like best is amazing.  "If you are an artist, you know what I’m talking about."

Bruce is a native of Pittsburgh and attended Ohio University and then earned a masters degree in Public Relations from Ball State University.  He served seven years in the Air Force, worked 20 years for GTE and 12 years with the Pinellas County Arts Council.   He is retired and paints at his home.