Oil painting of a river valley at sunset

Above Yampa River
12 x 16 in.
Oil on linen
Available through the artist

Kim Casebeer: Above Yampa River is based on a plein air painting created in the Yampa River Valley near Steamboat Springs. While in Steamboat Springs for an American Women Artist exhibit, I hoped to find a good vista of the river and surrounding valley. I went out to paint with my friend, Kami Mendlik. We stopped along a road near the river and started getting our painting gear out. A neighbor came over to see what we were doing. As it turned out, he owned the property above the river and let us follow him to the top of this fantastic vista. We stayed there, painting until sunset. My goal when painting Above Yampa River, was to capture the beauty and the vastness of the scene, using the plein air as my color reference. It was such an inspiring place to experience!

I feel strongly that plein air gives me valuable insight when working on larger pieces and therefore I keep outdoor studies as reference. The light, shadows, wind, rain, sun, and how I felt — these are all important notes to capture. I don’t want to just paint pretty pictures. I focus on using color, light and atmosphere in order to elicit an emotional response from the viewer.

You can find more of my work in these galleries: Reuben Saunders Gallery, SNW Gallery, Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson, Broadmoor Galleries, Brandon Jacobs Gallery, FourSquare Art, and Grapevine Gallery.

I have paintings available in the Mulvane Art Museum art auction in June, and will have a two person show at SNW Gallery in September.

Please visit my website at kimcasebeer.com to find more of my available work. Sign up for my email newsletter to get information about upcoming shows, workshops, and new paintings. Work fresh from the easel, either plein air or in the studio, can be found on my instagram page at www.instagram.com/kimcasebeerartist.