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Learn about what projects your fellow plein artists are up to, see online galleries of their landscape paintings, and more in these profiles!

Artist paining outdoors

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Jensen

“I had been afraid I wouldn’t be able to survive as an artist. I had to make that leap of faith in myself, but I truly believed that if I dedicated the time to painting, I’d somehow be okay.”
Pastel painting of country road over rolling hills

Artist Spotlight: Kim Casebeer

Kim shares some sage advice from a gallery owner about the success that comes from painting your passion first as opposed to painting for money.
Woman painting outdoors in a hat

Artist Spotlight: Krystal W. Brown

As Krystal states, “Someone is waiting for what you will bring to the world. Why keep them waiting?” Find out what legacy she’d choose to leave with her art.
William Merritt Chase plein air seaside painting

Loose and Luminous in Long Island: Our Plein Air Heritage

In the late 1800's, plein air painting was still relatively new to the United States, but growing rapidly in popularity...
Plein air artist Hai-Ou Hou painting outside in China next to a river.

Artist Spotlight: Hai-Ou Hou

Hai-Ou Hou’s favorite studio is the outdoors, and she finds that nothing beats the beauty and wonder of nature.
Artist Susan Hediger Matteson plein air painting on a farm with sheep in southwest Colorado.

Artist Spotlight: Susan Hediger Matteson

There are two Susan Mattesons working in the fine art field today. This Susan Matteson has since started using Susan Hediger Matteson to clarify that she is not the other artist and shares with us how she got started in her career.
Painter Laurel Daniel in her studio.

Artist Spotlight: Laurel Daniel

While this artist feels that developing a career in art is a very personal and individual journey, she generously offers some recommendations to emerging artists.
Plein air painting of people

Four with Fehlman: A Plein Air Q&A

An exclusive four-question Q&A with Mark Fehlman, including how he stays inspired and motivated.
Larry Cannon, “South Laguna View” created in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, 10 x 14 in., watercolor on paper

Artist Spotlight: Larry Cannon

This PleinAir Live 2021 Faculty artist was exposed to watercolor in college as part of his architectural training and notes specific moments in his early years of painting that changed his life.
Dawn Whitelaw, "Frozen," 30 x 40 in.

Not Idle in Winter: Dawn Whitelaw

We can't show one of the most interesting things Tennessee artist Dawn Whitelaw does in winter to make her plein air paintings better...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Julie Jilek and the Mysteries of High Cliff

From ancient burial mounds to one of the most striking geological features of the United States, Julie Jilek’s favorite place to paint has much to intrigue the painter. But Jilek also loves it because of her personal history.
Susan Hubble Pitcairn, pastel landscape painter

3 Principles of Art, and Life

As this Arizona artist creates plein air paintings with pastels, she remains mindful of three overriding principles that help her achieve better paintings.
“Las Columnas de la Alameda,” by Richard Maud, oil on canvas panel, 16 x 13 in.

Choosing From Column A

Artists often return to a particular subject matter when they don’t think it has been sufficiently explored. For Richard Maud, one of those motifs is the columns of the Alameda, in Seville, Spain.
Stanhope Forbes, "A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach," oil on canvas

Plein Air or Nothing

In this edition of "Plein Air Heritage," learn about a British artist who said the only way to achieve success was to ...
“Side Step,” by David Boyd, Jr., 2015, oil on linen, 12 x 24 in.

Seeing the Unconventional, on Location

It took an unconventional painting done from a photograph taken at an extreme vantage point to set David Boyd, Jr. on his current path as a plein air painter.
Landscape painting

The Landscape Guaranteed to Bring You To Tears

The varied and vivid landscapes of this state inspire oil painter Bill Sawczuk to take a more expressive approach to plein air painting when it comes to this subject. “I’ve seen people cry at the effort. They are good painters, but they come here and try to paint these mountains and it wrecks them."
Atmospheric paintings by Richard Schloss

3-Minute Q&A with Atmospheric Painter Richard Schloss

Get a quick dose of inspiration in this Q&A regarding Richard Schloss’s atmospheric art, his inspiration, and the single-word answer to his most commonly asked question.
Oil painting of a city

The Challenge of Painting “Crossing Light”

The story of my painting "Crossing Light" is all about light and how it leads the eye around the painting and then lands on the main character in the immediate foreground. But first I should back up and explain why I chose to paint this scene...
Painting of Zoroaster Peak by Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran’s Grand Adventure

Learn how Moran came to be one of the most famous landscape artists, and the meaning behind his secret signature.
Chris Morel, painting outdoors

The 6 Steps to My Plein Air Painting Process

Be inspired by this outdoor painter, who shares his process for painting landscapes in the northeast and southwest. You might be surprised by what they have in common. (Includes a bonus interview video!)
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