Sunday, July 08, 2012

Lucid Landscapes

South Sylamore Morning
"Painting plein air is the best teacher of all and is the most enjoyable form of painting" says artist Bill Garrison. "I lose all sense of time and become oblivious to hardships such as weather and insects when standing in front of a beautiful scene in nature with a paintbrush in my hand." Bill and his wife Gloria, who is a gifted artist in her own right, may take off in their camper at any time and explore the backwoods of Arkansas where they live.

Personally I'm grateful Garrison is into painting these extraordinary landscapes, because well, his paintings really take you to that place he paints. You don't have to wade through the poison ivy, or swat the mosquitoes or brave the stifling summer heat. And being a water person, well, I really appreciate his ability to capture the essence of water, whether he paints a flowing stream or a mere puddle reflecting the fall color. Bill just knows how to capture the luminance and transparency of nature's sweetest drink.

Bill has been most inspired by artist Richard Schmid with whom  he has studied. And he has won his own fair share of awards. He has consistently placed in the top 100 category for landscapes in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon Competition.

Other awards include "Best of Show" in the 2003-2004 Fine Arts of Arkansas Competition and Exhibit at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. And "Best in Oil" in Artists of Northwest Arkansas 2006 Exhibit. He belongs to the Oil Painters of America, and  the Outdoor Painters Society
Artists of Northwest Arkansas. We are pleased to be representing Bill and look forward to seeing more of his plein air visions.

(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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