You could say that to step across the threshold of our gallery is to enter the great outdoors. Many of our artists take nature’s beauty as inspiration, whether they’re in the High Plains of Colorado, the prairie lands of Oklahoma or the Rocky Mountains in our backyard.
On October 20, you’ll have a chance to see nine of Waxlander’s artists in their element at this year’s Historic Canyon Road Paint Out. Learn about the featured artists in our next two blog posts, then take a hike on Canyon Road and meet them en plein air!
Andree Hudson paints in her studio near Denver, but her creative process begins outside in the foothills of the Rockies and on the High Plains.
“I get my energy from the cowboys and the horses out here,” she says.
Andree roams with a camera in hand, taking thousands of pictures that she later uses as inspiration for her acrylics. Back in the studio, she allows memory and emotion to influence her color choices, bringing out the personalities of the big characters and majestic animals she’s come to love.
The artist works hard to delve into contemplative moments in her subjects’ lives, so don’t be surprised if, after a single conversation, it seems like she already knows you.
Matthew Higginbotham was the owner of Northwest Pottery and Fine Arts in Spokane, Washington for a number of years before new inspiration struck and he decided to try oil painting. At first he experimented with many subjects, but when he moved to Chimayo, New Mexico in 1995, the wild crept into his oeuvre.
“It just seemed natural for me to want to study the nuances of what I was seeing in the fields and skies,” he says. “The more I painted them, the more I began to understand how they made me feel.”
Matthew has since planted the legs of his easel in some of our nation’s most beautiful landscapes. They’ll land in the soil of our sculpture garden for this year’s Paint Out.
It’s natural that Bruce King’s paintings would be closely tied to the outdoors—that’s where grew up.
“We were in the woods. It was kind of a hardscrabble existence,” he says of his childhood spent roaming the Oneida Reservation of Wisconsin. Bruce later moved to Chicago and New York, but he never forgot those early years that taught him about his people.
Bruce’s works cast Native American figures into harsh landscapes that are interwoven with ribbons of brilliant color. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with Bruce—his multicolored pallet attests to his personality. He took up improvisational acting in New York, and is sure to get you laughing.
Like Matthew Higginbotham, Bernard Marks was primarily a figurative painter until New Mexico’s skies filled his eyes. He started painting plein air when he moved to the Southwest in 2003.
Bernard says his painted worlds exist in an “idealized reality.”
“If you compared one of my paintings to the actual scene that inspired it, you would have no trouble making the connection,” he explains. “But I believe you would also recognize what I’ve brought to the scene.”
You can do just that at the Fifth Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out on Saturday, October 20th from 10 am to 3 pm. Check back here soon to learn about the five other artists who will be painting in our sculpture garden, and see the Canyon Road Merchant Association’s blog for more information on the event.
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