Michael “Star Dancer” Schuessler, Voted One of the top 5 studios in Denver by CBS 4, in 2012 for his studio on Larimer Street and Schuesslerstudios.com. A photographer and painter using a one of a kind technique of chalk pastel on raw canvas, Michael has trained in the healing arts for 3 + decades and channels this healing from Spirit to the viewer, through the spirit of the pigments, color and movement upon the canvas he creates and through the photos he takes. He was given the name ‘Star Dancer’ from Spirit through Dakota Wolf a 7th Generation Apache Medicine Woman.
"My medium is chalk pastel on raw, untreated canvas, which I bind together with an acrylic bonding agent. This is accomplished in a series of transparent layers. When gazed upon through a microscope, Pastels are actually little Diamonds of color, each reflecting light differently from every facet of itself. This actually changes the vibration of the colors you see from morning to night and reflects the colors that surround the work, an ever changing palette for the color senses.
As an artist, I try to capture the spirit of life on the canvas. My background in the healing arts is extensive, e.g. The Kabbalah; psychology, specifically studies in symbolism; healing with sounding color; and mysticism. These studies, in addition to my artistic training and apprenticeships, enable me to capture the essence of mood upon the canvas— Defining the true essence of spirit. I believe the healing arts and the canvas arts can be one and the same".