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Len Chmiel

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Last known City: Hotchkiss
Last known State: CO
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Len Chmiel is considered by his peers to be a master of design and compostion. For the highly respected Chmiel, each painting he creates is an expression of himself. He explains that he has a good idea of who he is at this point in his life. " I used to try to control everything, but now I allow my intuition to speak more. I try to stretch the truth of what the actual image is. "I do paintings with recognizable subjects because I'm inspired by what I see: however, that is not my only intention."

Chmiel has had numerous sellout solo shows and he is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who int hte West. He has been featured in the periodicals American Artist, business Week, Southwest Art and Western Art Digest. His work is included in two books on oil painting and is represented in the collections of various museums and major corporations. In 2002, Chmiel's painging Life Imitates Art received the Artist's Choice Award at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. this painting is now part of the permanent collection of the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, Wyoming. In 2008, he won his second Artist's Choice at the Coors National Western and in 2009 he won the Best of Show award for his cumulative body of work at the Maynard Dixon County Invitational in Mt. Carmel, Utah.

Chmiel and his bird dogs make their home in Hotchkiss, Colorado, where he paints, gardens, tends his vineyard and fruit trees, makes wine, and hunts

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