Painting of Cows - Richard Oversmith,
Richard Oversmith, "Morning Graze," oil on linen, 48 x 68 in.

In North Carolina, The Art Cellar Gallery’s “En Plein Mountain Air” show features two impressionists, who after travels and studies throughout the world, have returned to the Blue Ridge inspired by its natural beauty.

Richard Oversmith credits the region’s ability to “evoke the artist’s muse” as a reason for settling near Asheville following his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, England. Trey Finney lives and works from studios in Tennessee and South Carolina. He frequents the High Country to soak in the landscape and agricultural setting to apply to his work what he refers to as “natural impressions.”

The North Carolina High Country is an impressionist playground. Rolling mountainscapes, awe-inspiring waterfalls, serene countryside, large wildlife, and much more all come together to make our mountains a unique destination to those yearning for natural beauty. The High Country attracts visitors from all over.

Both Richard and Trey’s styles are categorized as “Impressionist”, so they only include as much detail as is required for the viewer to understand the setting and foster their own emotions about what they are seeing.

The Art Cellar Gallery is hosting an exhibition featuring Richard Oversmith and Trey Finney through July 15, 2023 with an Open House on July 8. Leading up to the Open House event, Finney and Oversmith will be painting together en plein air in front of the gallery. Stop by to gain extra insight on how these impressionists compose their works and stay after to chat with the featured artists and see the finished products while enjoying refreshments in the gallery.

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Join PleinAir™ Magazine in the Smokies for the 11th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo! May 20-24, 2024 we’ll have five stages with over 80 instructors, and will be painting throughout The Great Smoky Mountains, including the Biltmore Estate.


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