Northern Michigan: Take a closer look at these Northern Michigan artists and painters.

Caesar Citraro

“I get a lot of inspiration from the rolling hills and farms where we live,” says Citraro, who recently moved his young family to Petoskey from Chicago. “When we moved here I was so amazed and sort of overwhelmed with how beautiful Northern Michigan is.” Citraro, who taught at the Art Institute of Chicago for 20 years and now teaches out of his studio in Petoskey, is an oil painter and exhibits in Harbor Springs and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dan Oberschulte

Influenced by American and European artists of the late 19th century, Oberschulte works mainly in oils. His landscapes, interiors, figural and portraits hang in private collections around the world, with his love of travel allowing him to paint the scenery and people of French villages, Tuscan hillsides, and the dramatic Lake Michigan coastline and its quiet interior.

Melonie Steffes

Benzie County artist Steffes considers painting a “magical tool with which I can prolong the moments of deeper connection.” The self-taught painter believes her paintings tell a story as well as ask questions. She has called them her prayers and offerings, “as I try to understand this existence.”

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