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!

Artist as Collector: Monika Johnson, Finding Inspiration

When Monika Johnson sees someone doing what she tries to do, she finds it inspirational — and she buys the piece. Who’s in her collection?

Painting Dreams: Artist Randall Graham on Cold Wax Medium

Randall Graham adds cold wax medium to his oil colors so he can brush, scrape, thicken, thin, and scumble layers of color and texture to create a dreamlike state. See how he works with the medium.
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Plein Air Heritage: Artist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)

As a plein air painter, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about artist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) here.

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: Sculptor Marsha Brook’s Dedication to Social Activism

Marsha Brook has enjoyed a successful career as a sculptor, and she has dedicated the rest of her career to sculpting portraits of people who work to improve society. She’ll discuss this during an exclusive demonstration at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) next month in San Diego.
Alvaro Castagnet watercolor artist

Alvaro Castagnet Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to watercolor master Alvaro Castagnet, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.
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Plein Air Heritage: Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)

As a plein air painter, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about artist Claude Lorrain here.

In Detail: Rick Wilson’s “Going Small: An Exhibition of Small Paintings”

Last fall, Indiana artist Rick Wilson contemplated the sluggish economy, recalled the flat first-quarter sales of his paintings in past years, and decided to...

Early Influences: Robert Masla

In this occasional series, we talk to plein air artists about a piece of art that inspired them when they were young. Our first...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Poppy and Point Prim

Lighthouses are such wonderful subjects, aren’t they? They project into the sky with brilliant designs from sandy and rocky shores and are beacons of hope for weary sailors. For accomplished outdoor painter Poppy Balser, there will always be a special place in her heart for Point Prim. Discover why here.
Lindsey Kustusch plein air painting

Indoors, Outdoors, and Back Again

A devoted studio painter, Lindsey Kustusch took the leap into plein air and discovered a way to maximize both experiences.
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