by Grace Hodgman
Falls Church resident Greg Skrtic’s paintings will be on display in Colgan Gallery at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Colgan Gallery is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In his artwork, Skrtic uses both natural and man-made objects, often combining them together. “I use patterns from patchwork quilting, carpet or wallpaper designs just as readily as from a seashell, leaf or seed pod. Incorporating these patterns into the overall composition in a way that they can coexist in harmony in a recurring theme in my work” said Skrtic.
Skrtic’s artwork reflects his life experiences, pulling inspiration from the people and events of where he lived throughout his life. After growing up in Florida, Skrtic got a degree from Texas Tech University and another degree from University of North Texas.
He then joined the Peace Corps and taught art in a village on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Skrtic and his wife moved to Lithuania and had a son, before moving back to Virginia where he now teaches art in Fairfax County.