When it comes to art, Michael Schlicting is out of touch with reality. What he is in touch with is the visceral emotion that a scene evokes. Mood, feeling and universal longing are the subjects of his art rather than literal, physical realism. His multi-layered work is rooted in the abstract forms of nature. Patterns of sand. Shapes of rocks. Color harmonies of sky and clouds. In his images, Schlicting vividly demonstrates it is not what you see that counts, but what you sense. It is this probing, intuitive exploration that has given Schlicting's art a deeper level of meaning, and in the process, gained him national distinction.