Oil on canvas framed painting "Some R&R with Martell", Michael Reibel
Per Martell’s website, “The color is copper with golden highlights. The aroma consists of gourmet notes of banana and caramelized pear introduce the subtle sweetness of vanilla, coconut, and spices. The taste is a sensation of fullness and generosity with notes of ginger and candied fruit, followed by distinctive hints of toasted oak from the Kentucky bourbon casks. In 1783, Martell was the Maison to ship cognac to the United States. Today, Martell celebrates this history with another first: Martell Blue Swift the first-ever spirit drink made of cognac VSOP and finished in bourbon casks. Through Martell’s signature distillation process, the eaux-de-vie absorbs the rich aromatic tones of the bourbon cask. The result is Martell’s hallmark style, delicate notes of candied fruit and plum complimented by the subtle sweetness of vanilla and toasted oak from the casks. Exceptionally smooth, with a rounded taste and unique character. Enjoy on its own, over ice, lengthened with a mixer or as a cocktail, especially a julep-the Mint Julep made with Martell Blue Swift. “It was not until I purchased the Martell Blue Swift bottle (for its shape and rich colors that are ideal for painting) that I realized it was aged in Kentucky bourbon casks. As a Kentucky native and bourbon fan, I see another mint julep paintings with Martell Blue Swift
Born in 1964 and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Michael’s earliest recollection of creating art was at the age of 5 during a summer art camp at the J.B. Speed Museum of Art in Louisville. While he began his professional artistic journey later in life than many contemporary painters, he is living proof that it is never too late to pursue a talent, a dream, or a passion. In 2010, he made the decision to leave his corporate day job and solely focus on his fine art career, a decision many viewed as "gutsy", however one that was driven by his passion and desire to continue growing as an artist.
Michael has always been drawn to the outdoors and the natural beauty of the landscape. As a young boy, he has vivid memories of riding at the front of his uncle’s boat before sunrise heading out on the lake to fish in a setting of solitude and peacefulness found in the early morning light. The sensory elements of nature are a moving and inspirational experience each and every time he ventures out in search of material for future paintings. The stillness and quietness of the landscape often provide the inspiration for many of his works.
Michael loves the patina and rich history of the south, so much so that he and his family relocated to Seabrook, South Carolina in 2016. The majority of his work is of the southern landscape, however he also enjoys still life and figurative work. As a Kentucky native, Michael has a great appreciation for Kentucky bourbon. His unique Bourbon and Spirits still life series has been an enormous success, with paintings selling out almost immediately upon completion.
He is a contemporary representational painter working in oils. He has a strong belief in drawing and painting from life. He believes painting a variety of subject matter sharpens his skills and ultimately makes him a better painter. In his view, today’s technologies afford painters a multitude of useful tools, however without the experience of working from life, a painter’s work may not develop to its fullest potential or vision. There are attributes of landscape painting that cannot always be painted from life.
Michael describes his work as a pursuit in visual poetry. He is continually striving to move beyond the literal representation of the subject. His goal with each painting is to create a unique piece of fine art that will result in an emotional response from the viewer.
Current Member Associations
Signature Member National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
Associate Member Oil Painters of America
Associate Member American Impressionist Society
Instructor at the Studio School Savannah, Georgia
Judge and Juror for selected national/regional art exhibitions
Michael's work can be found in corporate and private collections across the country
Exhibitions and Awards
2019 Splendid and Serene invitational group show, Cabarrus Arts Council, Camden NC
2019 Oil and Water, 2-person show, Wells Gallery, Kiawah, SC
2019 Historic Beaufort Foundation Fall Festival of Homes and Gardens event poster
2019 Masters Meet Modern, Eisele Gallery of fine art, Cincinnati, OH
2018 Cheers!, Wells Gallery, Sanctuary Hotel, Kiawah, SC
2017 National Oil and Acrylic Society's Best of America national exhibition, Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
2017 Beaufort Art Council, ArtPop winner, Beaufort, SC
2017 American Impressionist Society Small Works juried exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery Costa Mesa, CA
2016 Award of Excellence, NOAPS Signature Members exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
2015 Viewpoint 47, Cincinnati Art Club juried national exhibition
2014 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society juried national exhibition
2014 Viewpoint 46, Cincinnati Art Club juried national exhibition
2014 American Impressionist Society 15th annual juried national exhibition, Abend Gallery Denver, CO
2011 Telfair Juried Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
2011 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society national exhibition
2010 NOAPS Society Signature Member event, "Visions for New Decade", Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery, Estes Park, CO
2010 Telfair Juried Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
2010 Fine Arts on the River, juried art festival, Savannah, GA
2009 Awarded Signature Status by the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society
2009 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society national exhibition
Solo Exhibition, "Crabbin' Along the Georgia Coast", McIntosh Art Association, Darien, GA, April-June 2009
2009 St. James Juried Art Festival, Louisville, KY
Solo Exhibition DS Creations Gallery, Louisville, KY October 2008
2008 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society national exhibition
2008 Central South National Art Exhibition, Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN
Best of America 2007, National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society national exhibition
People’ Choice Award, Tennessee Art League, Central South Juried Art Exhibition
2007, Nashville, Tennessee.