Artist Profiles

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

PleinAir Salon art competitions - Kim Lordier pastel paintings

The Plein Air Study That Launched a Big Winner

One plein air painting inspired several exceptional studio pieces by this California pastelist, a previous winner in the PleinAir Salon.
An Artist's Perspective On Boats, Buildings, and Brushes

An Artist’s Perspective On Boats, Buildings, and Brushes

Vladislav Yeliseyev shares insights on painting two different landscape subjects, and the brushes he uses for them, in this artist profile from Plein Air Today.
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The Life-Like Plein Air Paintings of Jeremy Sams

Is there a “special secret” to creating great paintings? Maybe — see how Jeremy Sams came to plein air, what his advice is for others, and more, in this exclusive Q&A.
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.
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Convention Preview: Scott L. Christensen

What information and inspiration can you expect to receive from the demonstrators and speakers who will be part of the Plein Air Convention &...

Freeing a River, Painting the Progress

Paola Fiorelle Berthoin feels strongly about removing obsolete dams to help a river become free-flowing and healthy, and she's found a way to help...

Artist as Collector: Thomas Dunlay and Staying on Track

A few pieces in Boston painter Thomas Dunlay’s collection remind him to stay the course.
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Spotlight on the Oil Paintings of Suzie Baker

Take a closer look at her plein air oil painting, “A Negative View of Saloons.”

What Inspires Me: Cheri Christensen

Cheri Christensen, who is a master at capturing striking backlight on everyday farm animals and more, on what inspires her to paint. Bonus: Includes video previews of Cheri painting!

My Favorite Place to Paint: Jennifer L. Hoffman

Wyoming painter Jennifer L. Hoffman takes advantage of "artist's hours" to get a lot of work done in the winter months. Hoffman's setup at South...

What’s Behind You While Painting

Plein air painting isn’t just about the view in front of you. It’s about the entire environment around you. Danny Griego is exploring this through short videos.

Why Our Cover Artist Spent Days on One Painting

Maine artist Stephan Giannini spent days creating two plein air paintings in an apple orchard, and one of them is on the cover of the March 2018 issue of PleinAir. Find out why he worked so long on location.
Artist quotes - Albert Handell - OutdoorPainter.com

Quotable Artist: Albert Handell

Enjoy an inspirational quote from pastel artist Albert Handell.
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My Favorite Place to Paint: Bruce Katz

Nine years ago, California artist Bruce Katz was featured in a Plein Air Today series called “My Favorite Place to Paint.” Back then, it was the countryside outside of San Francisco. We followed up with him to see if - or how - his locale preference has changed.

Salon Winner Discusses His Array of Tools

Mark Boedges brings years of work and a honed selection of equipment with him to paint outdoors. Like what? Like both bristle brushes and synthetic...

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Thomas Kegler and Art Contagions

Perhaps, on some level, attending the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) is dangerous. You may come home permanently changed.

Painting Outdoors with Watercolor and/or Oil

Artist Cindy Baron shares how and why she chooses which medium to use at plein air events.
Plein Air Heritage: Theodore Robinson (1852-1896)

Plein Air Heritage: Theodore Robinson (1852-1896)

As a plein air painter, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about artist Theodore Robinson here.
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...
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Convention Preview: Kathryn Stats

Kathryn Stats: “One simply can’t be a good studio painter unless one paints directly from nature outdoors.” “Painting is an adventure that sometimes rewards and...
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