John K. Harrell
“I have an innate fascination for anything that inspires me—people, landscapes, even grazing cattle. I am driven by what’s pleasing to my eye, which can be virtually anything. At times, my inspiration comes from the simplicity of nature. I have to remind myself how easy it is to get caught up in the intellect and the complexity of life and that I must relax to allow nature to spark the creative process. This painting is the result of a weekend trip to the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte. These cows were grazing amongst a sea of wildflowers. Nature’s own design evoked a triad of simplicity, tranquility, and natural beauty. This is inspiration in its purest form.”
Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery, Denver, CO; Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO; Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ; Ann Buell Fine Art, Ruidoso, NM; Chasen Galleries, Richmond, VA.
Group show, Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery, October 1-29.
Group show, Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery, November 5- December 3.
Group show, Bonner David Galleries, February 2011.
“I’ve enjoyed drawing and painting since I was a child. In high school, I remember stepping off the bus and seeing this flaming sunset, and I thought to myself, someday I want to capture that in paint. In creating this painting, I traveled to one of my favorite locations—the Wyoming Hereford Ranch. It reminds me of my childhood home, with cows, horses, meandering streams, rolling hills, and gnarly cotton-wood trees. I quickly developed a color sketch in oil and then used it along with photos to complete the painting. I find working this way exhilarating. My goal is to create artwork that captures the essence of what I see and transports us to another world.”
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO; Gallery Mar, Park City, UT; www.warrenneary.com.
Group exhibit, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, OH, October 22- January 2011.
Group show, Abend Gallery, October 29-November 24.
“I live not too far from South Park, CO, and when I drive over Kenosha Pass, the view suddenly opens up and you look down onto a large expanse of ranches for as far as the eye can see. My favorite times to drive through South Park are dawn and dusk. I am particularly fond of the dramatic lighting at those times of day. I rarely paint directly from life or from photographs, but instead paint the mood that the landscape instills in me. BLUE SKY, GREEN GRASS is a compilation of photographs and my imagination as I captured the mood of an early morning in South Park.”
Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO; Cogswell Gallery, Vail, CO; The Squash Blossom Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO; Second Street Art Market, Monument, CO; Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM; Chase Edwards Contemporary Fine Art, Oyster Bay, NY; www.kathybeekman.com.
Group show, The Squash Blossom, October 1- December 31.
Group show, Chase Edwards Contemporary Fine Art, October 7-November 7.
Solo show, Evergreen Fine Art, November 12-13.
Solo show, Cogswell Gallery, November 21-28.
Solo show, Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 2011.
“This painting was done on a trip with two artist friends on a glorious fall afternoon in the Rockies of Idaho. With an abundance of visual inspiration, my challenge was to design three or four linked masses that would carry the beautiful color harmonies of early fall. The small creek provided the psychological appeal of life-giving water as well as the strong value contrast that would give a dynamic shape to the foreground. I completed the painting by mixing color progressions all within their appropriate value ranges. These harmonies were suggested by nature, and my joy was to search within the confines of my palette for my best interpretation of the hue shifts.”
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, and Jackson, WY; Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT; Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID; Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX; Zantman Art Galleries, Carmel, CA; Ernest Fuller Fine Art, Denver, CO; www.rmoorefineart.com.
Group show, Whistle Pik Galleries, October 18-November 13.
Group show, Kneeland Gallery, Winter 2011.
Solo show, Trailside Galleries, June 2011.
“I have lived and painted in each corner of the United States: New York, Miami, Albuquerque and Taos, and for the last 12 years I’ve lived in Bozeman, MT. Each region has its own beauty and atmosphere. It’s the clarity of atmosphere and light that I love most about the Rockies. SPRINGHILL MORNING was painted from a study that I did on a crisp, clear spring morning at a ranch in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains. The complementary color scheme of yellow-green and red-violet along with the interesting shapes and angles excited my eye. The open gate welcomes the viewer into the scene.”
Montana Trails Gallery, Bozeman, MT; Betsy Swartz Fine Art Consulting, Bozeman, MT; Beartooth Gallery, Red Lodge, MT; Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA; Walt Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek, CO; Highlands Art Gallery, Chester, NJ; www.howardfriedland.com.
“ALMOST NOON was inspired by a hike in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The lake in the foreground is Deep Lake, with Steeple Peak and Lost Temple Spire looming above it. The natural beauty of the place and the slightly turned gesture of the granite faces appealed to me. My challenge was not only to re-create the sparkle that sunlight casts on the boulders and snowfields, but also to retrieve the life within the shadows. The shadows in granite at first appear to be quite gray, cold, and drab; but if you view nature closely, you’ll see that color is present.”
Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX; Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA; Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Montana Trails Gallery, Bozeman, MT; Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum, Big Horn, WY; Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC; Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA; www.gregorypackard.com.
Biennial Exhibition, Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum, through October 31.
Two-person show, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, November 2-19.
Miniatures show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, November 13.
Two-person show, Scottsdale Fine Art, January 27-February 9, 2011.
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