Painter and artist Stanley Bielen honors the European heritage of still life painting. Bielen is originally from Poland and in his intimate oils, he places high color blossoms and fruit against velvety lush backgrounds. The intimacy with his subject matter begins in the garden where he grows the blossoms that he arranges in simple groupings and rich brushstrokes. Bielen's paintings have been compared to the still life's of Edouard Manet. The works are loose, brushy interpretations of the subject matter rather than attempts at photographic realism. The painter is masterful in capturing dramatic half-light, while employing loose strokes of translucent color from his simple yet seductive palette." Exhibiting regionally and nationally, Bielen’s work also appears in the collections of the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.