Stuart Roper: “Autumn In Clark Gardens” was painted during an Oil Painters of America paint out that I hosted in this wonderful privately owned botanical garden near my studio. This painting was done just as the flowers were putting on their final big show before the end of the season. I was captivated by the juxtaposition of brilliant colors as they mingled along the pathway.
After honing my early plein air process, while living in Normandy, Corsica and Provence, France for 6 years, I returned to the US to find a veritable plein air movement in progress. Since my return in 1998, I’ve continued to work primarily en plein air. I frequently work within the confines of a strictly limited palette, often premixing and tubing up a full range of secondary and tertiary colors from one set of primaries. The choice of primaries will shift the “tune” of the painting, but the splendid harmonies, like in music, still flow.
I’m currently a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and an associate member in the following: the Oil Painters of America, the International Plein Air Painters and the Outdoor Painters Society, as well as a former member of the Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters and the Plein Air Painters of the South East. These organizations have given me the opportunity to participate in numerous plein air events and exhibitions. The camaraderie as well as friendships developed has all enriched my life immeasurably. My work has been included in many local and national exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, for all of which I’m filled with gratitude.
My studio/gallery is located in Palo Pinto in the North Central region of Texas.
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