The sky and earth of central Ohio mean a lot to Michael Hoza.

The sky and earth of central Ohio mean a lot to Michael Hoza.

The artist's exhibition, "Verdant Drama, Sky over Earth in Central Ohio," will be on view at the Dublin Arts Council June 19 through Aug. 4. It illustrates the conflict and change of the landscapes central Ohioans see every day.

In Hoza's artist statement about the exhibition he said:

"The life-producing stasis which has occurred through hundreds of thousands of years of the earth revolving around the sun has led to a beautiful, verdant and life-supporting environment in central Ohio.

"But despite the reassuring stability we normally see, this stasis is composed of powerful and opposing forces, each of which exerts change on all others."

Hoza has no formal art education, but picked up a brush in 1983. His focus lies in landscapes.

"Most of the landscapes I have chosen ... really are the way we tend to see it," Hoza said.

"Generally I see things driving around in my car and stop at the side of the road and take photos," he said.

"I don't try to paint beautiful things. I just do things that have meaning for me."

After moving to Columbus from the Youngstown area in 1973, Hoza said it took him a while to realize the beauty of the area.

"I drive through here and see things sprouting up and coming up through the seasons," he said.

"Sometimes people don't appreciate it. I don't have formal training in art. I think content is more important.

"I don't think about form, my concentration is always on content," Hoza said.

"I try to paint things that have meaning for me.

"We're really fortunate to have this, to be here. It really is precious."

Before painting, Hoza was involved in filmmaking. When he started painting, it was done slowly.

"I painted first in 1983. I painted one a year for quite a while. I was incredibly slow. It's not good or bad, it is what it is," he said.

"Around the mid-90s I started getting more serious about it. I was able to get a four-day (work ) week and that helped a lot.

"I'm basically retired now, so I've got more time. I hope I'm getting better. I enjoy it more now."

Arts Council Executive Director David Guion said visitors will likely enjoy Hoza's landscapes.

"I think in this part of the exhibition there's beautiful use of color and I think with the lighting planned the landscapes will really illuminate the gallery," he said.

"The color is really spectacular."

Hoza is represented by the Sharon Weiss gallery and his work was brought to Guion's attention by the Wexner Center.

Guion said he expects the work to enhance the gallery at 7125 Riverside Drive.

"It'll be nice to have landscapes in the gallery because we're on the river and you see a beautiful landscape when you look out the window. It will really complement the river," he said.

"The exhibition is about the sky and earth of central Ohio and you've got that here at the gallery."

A free reception, open to the public, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 19, with catering by Bleu and Fig.

Hoza's work can be viewed at the DAC free of charge during exhibition hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Additional information can be found online at dublinarts.org.