30 x 30 in.
A native of Colorado, Dave Santillanes began oil painting after graduating from Colorado State University with a B.F.A. in graphic design. His early painting explorations quickly merged with his love of the outdoors; naturally, oil paint and a field easel became part of his outdoor gear.
Dave’s work is characterized by a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere. While direct observation is important to studying the physical aspects of color and light, Dave also believes “painting outdoors brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene” allowing him to “speak” with complete sincerity in the final painting.
Dave’s passion for painting has led to a number of recent awards including an Award of Excellence at the 2012 Oil Painters of America National Show and Artists’ Choice at the Zion National Park Plein Air Event. His work was also featured in the December 2011 issue of Southwest Art magazine.