Matt Ryder, “Jebal Akhdar,” 2018, oil, 18 x 24 in., Private collection, Studio from plein air studies
Matt Ryder, “Jebal Akhdar,” 2018, oil, 18 x 24 in., Private collection, Studio from plein air studies

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

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Jebal Akhdar

“When I talk about painting in the desert, I think a lot of people imagine me standing in the middle of sand dunes. To the contrary, much of the landscape I experience while painting looks more like the mountains of Utah. [In this painting,] the dance of shapes between shadows and blinding light create a stepping-stone effect as you move through the piece.” ~ Matt Ryder, “Painting the Middle East”

Read the full article in PleinAir Magazine, Dec 2019-Jan 2020


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