A little more than seven years ago, Ken Pilarski, 78, bought his wife, Nina, a paint set as a Christmas gift. The couple had enjoyed watching artists such as Bob Ross develop quick paintings on television, and Nina wanted to give it a try.
“She never touched it, so I grabbed it and started playing with it,” Pilarski said. “I guess I haven’t put it down since.”
About 20 of Pilarski’s paintings are on display and for sale at the Shelby Township Senior Center throughout February. Prices ranges from $30 to $60. Pilarski, of Sterling Heights, priced his work low because he’s not interested in earning a big profit, but rather making enough money to buy supplies for the next project, he said.
The displayed work represents about half of Pilarski’s overall collection. He painted everything from lighthouses and bright flowers to eerie-looking forest scenes. His favorite painting is of a sinister-looking southern plantation that appears as if it had been plucked from a Tim Burton movie.