Artist Ian Shults Wonderfully Talented

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 2, 2010

Dear Editor,
    I was wonderfully surprised to see a cover story on the local artist Ian Shults [“Covert Stories,” Arts, July 23]. I wanted to write last week, but the days slipped by as I thought, "OK, someone will comment."
    I picked up the Chronicle and there was nary a word about this wonderfully talented artist in “Postmarks.” I have never met the gentleman but own two pieces in his earlier style purchased at the annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
    I was immediately taken by the energy and subject matter and bought Cheap Nude No. 4. I believe it was but one of a group. The next year, I bought the lovely framed Cauldron.
    Seeing Shults' new direction in his style immediately captured the energy and whispers of noir imagery as well as leaving the viewer to think and imagine a personal scenario, either a real event or fantasy, related to the images in their own way, and that is what art does, intertwine the artist and the viewer.
    Always leave them wanting more and thinking. Shults' art does that with a hint of mystery. You wonder what the next frame will be. The next event.
    Thank you for featuring a wonderful artist, and best wishes for his success in the art world.
Elaine Witkowski
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