Art is in the heart,
art is in the mind,
not in the hand.
After a diving accident in 1975 left Michael a quadriplegic, he sought
expression through art. In a rather unorthodox way, Platzer holds a
brush in his mouth to create a variety of oil that retain the subject’s
texture, while embodying a spiritual element all his own.
"I believe if you want to do something bad enough, you will find away
to do it," said Platzer.
Platzer, who resides in Lewistown, helped refine his skills as an artist
after taking an art course at Penn State University. He uses both
watercolor and oil to create a wide variety of paintings.
Platzer travels around Pennsylvania to exhibit his work. Because of
travel restrictions, he also has a website - where you can view an
assortment of his paintings or you can watch him paint.
Platzer said he is willing to paint anything, no matter what the
subject. He has done various works for residents and businesses
around the county, and continues to do so.
The gentle, inspiring oil of his paintings convey the tender affection
he brings to the canvas. Determined to overcome obstacles, Michael
Platzer has succeeded in his triumphant life as an artist.
Never give up,
never stop trying,
never stop learning.
In the fall of 2013 Common Ground Magazine
did an article on Michael you can read the
story here in PDF format: