â€śI continued painting large pictures outdoors when I moved to the US state of Georgia, but collectors were far less interested in representational plein air paintings, especially those created outdoors on a large scale,â€ť he explains. â€śMy wife and I moved to California in 2007 where there is a much better market for my outdoor paintings paintings, but collectors still preferred smaller pictures over the big ones. I have gone back to Atlanta to paint, and the photographs here show me developing a 36â€ť x 46â€ť painting of the Fox Theatre in 2006.
â€śFox Theatre, Atlanta,â€ť by Andre Nobrega, 2006, oil, 36 x 46. Private collection
â€śI continued to work on big canvases to challenge myself, and I find that an increasing number of the artists who participate in invitational plein air events around the country also prefer to paint on a larger scale.â€ť The Spring, 2011 issue of PleinAirTM Magazine included an article on Maryland artist Tim Bell who has raised the bar, so to speak, for artists participating in Plein Air Easton. For more information on Nobrega, visit his website at www.andrenobrega.com.
Nobrega painting a relatively small painting in London