Featured Artist… David Santillanes!

“String Lake” by David Santillanes

Don’t you just feel as if you right there on the edge of the water, overlooking the lake? This painting brings me into the moment, which is pretty cool! “String Lake” received an Award of Excellence at the 2012 RMPAP (Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters) Plein Air for the Park in Grand Teton National Park. I especially love the reflections in the water, the hazy trees on the horizon and the more vivid foreground. Very nice! 

Here’s a blip about David from his website:

As my painting style continues to evolve my goal with each piece is not a literal rendering of the scene.  Instead it is to capture and convey its essence.

In terms of composition, I look for simplicity.  I’ve found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of ‘place’.  Therefore I’ll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and  use them for the underlying design concept.  And because I’ve departed from a literal interpretation, I’m free to rearrange elements to fit this concept.  In this way I am able to describe the scene in my own “words”.

Finally, capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere.  This requires direct observation and is why most of my paintings begin in the field with a plein air study.   But studying the physical aspects of nature isn’t the only reason I paint outdoors; for me, the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There’s no better way to get to know a place on earth than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can’t be achieved in mere passing and allows me to “speak” with complete sincerity in each painting.

Dave Santillanes
Fort Collins, Colorado 2011

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Image: David Santillanes Facebook


2 thoughts on “Featured Artist… David Santillanes!

  1. No I haven’t, very interesting work, thanks for passing along! I think David’s work is amazing as well, I just saw another that he posted to Facebook, whoa!! Have a good day Kate!


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