A "Landmark" Achievement

After a couple of months of really hard work, I am pleased to show you the finished paintings I created for "Landmarks," the annual fall show at Christopher Queen Gallery.

These pieces were all created from photos that I took on location. I dug deep in to my archives for some of these places, such as the one of Sedona. I took that picture back in 2010. I have painted from some photos of that trip before, but I have improved as an artist plenty since I first tried to paint from them. 

I enjoyed reminiscing about each trip while painting these scenes. I can't pin down the Big Sur piece to any one trip since I've been there so many times, but I get the feeling of the marine air when I see this scene.

I upped the contrast of the Sedona piece. This was a late-winter scene where there was an impending rainstorm. I glazed some of the shadows to get a better "spot-llt" look to it. This was to increase the drama and attract your eye to it more.

I remember being struck by the soft hazy evening light on Yosemite. It's not the way most people would typically picture Yosemite since it's usually photographed mid-day with clear blue skies. Having soft evening light I hope evokes a different mood that connects with you.

There is a balance between awe and subtlety that I strive for in a painting like this. The colors are somewhat muted even in the most colorful area. The size and scale of the piece will be what draws you in; the color and subtle light and dark modulations will be what you live with the longest. This is the type of story I tell without using words.

Every time I look at the one of the Minarets in the Eastern Sierras, I instantly get transported to my week I spent on Lake Ediza just painting and hanging out with artists friends from sun-up to sun-down. It was one of those magical truly-happy vacations that nourishes an artistic soul. I highly recommend spending time deep in the mountains away from all of life's distractions for at least a few days.