Kenneth Yarus, “Floating Among Giants,” 2019, oil, 9 x 12 in., Available at Montana Gallery, Billings, MT, Plein air and studio

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote from a recent issue.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Floating Among Giants

“Growing up near Glacier National Park, I enjoyed a youthful misconception that everyone had snow-capped mountains and clear streams to play in, but as an angsty teenager, I fantasized about being somewhere bigger — where “real things” happen. The opportunity to study in New York City brought me face to face with that dream, and as dreams sometimes go, the reality didn’t match the romantic notions of my imagination. Thankfully, the Big Apple is full of sanctuaries like The Met, where I could escape the grime, smell, and commotion. There I could commune once again with my mountains through the artworks that honored them. Those experiences brought into sharp focus the calling I felt to return, and I nearly wept when I could smell pine trees again.”
— Kenneth Yarus, “Postcards From the Road”

Read the full article in PleinAir Magazine, August/September 2020, and subscribe at, so you never miss an issue!

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