Richard McKinley, “Cliffs of Goleta,” 2014, pastel, 12 x 18 in., Private collection, Plein air
Richard McKinley, “Cliffs of Goleta,” 2014, pastel, 12 x 18 in., Private collection, Plein air

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

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Cliffs of Goleta

“For the majority of my artistic journey, I have focused on the beauty in the mundane, and the sublime found in places that most people wouldn’t give a second glance. Simple groupings of trees have become one of those themes. What is wonderful about commonplace scenes is that they can be found anywhere. Trees, rocks, and fields are abundant and often as close as our backyard. Manipulating textural rhythm, color nuances, and value dynamics becomes the artist’s prerogative.”
~Richard McKinley, “Making a Personal Creative Statement”
PleinAir Magazine, June/July 2019


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