While reference photographs have their place at his easel, Dan Bulleit prefers to portray poignant moments he himself has observed and experienced, from a chess game with his daughter to a scenic overlook at a local restaurant.
Thompson portrays what he calls the “broken-down, exposed elements of nature” in vibrant strokes of color that merge to form mountain peaks, pine forests, rivers, and farmland.
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Working from her adobe studio in a small village near Taos, the artist is deeply inspired by her roots in the area.
Today one of Salinas’ favorite subjects to portray is women dressed in brightly patterned Hispanic clothing, but the artist hasn’t entirely abandoned the subject matter he loved to paint in Chicago.
The self-described homebody never tires of depicting the rural landscapes, agrarian structures, and towns around northern Utah.
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Gradually, the artist found less and less satisfaction in merely “painting what I thought would sell.” That’s when he began turning back to the mostly American Indian-inspired figurative works that the East Coast gallery owner had warned him to avoid.
Cityscapes appeal to him, McClure says, because of the angles, shapes, and movement. The visual elements pose a direct contrast to pure landscapes, which, in his opinion, suggest more passive, flowing shapes.