Depot Artists at Town Hall
February 7 – March 28, 2017
Featuring work by Cheryl Adams, Gail Firmin, Scott Lines, Sheila Marie, Paul Nutting, Sue Williams Hang
Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Scott is an award winning plein air and studio landscape painter. He works primarily in oils, with a limited color palette. This limitation gives his paintings a strong color harmony. He is known for his realistic and powerful scenes, which show a stunning sense of distance and light. Scott will paint anywhere, but often finds himself drawn to water and expansive vistas, including streams, rivers, and rural roads. Most of Scott’s work is from Colorado and the American west.
Recent Awards –
- 3rdPlace Best in Show – 2016 Wild About Colorado – Plein Air Invitational
- Honorable Mention – Littleton Art Depot Fall show 2016
- Sponsors Choice Award – 2015 Westcliffe Alla Prima
“My desire is to unite brilliant color, exciting brush strokes and thoughtful design to produce a work that reflects reality, but is clearly a painting.”
Artist’s Statement: “My purpose is to capture a sense of light and space. Often my subjects are common, intimate places in nature, rather than the spectacular vistas for which Colorado is famous. I strive to communicate a sense of being there at a specific moment in time, when the light is interacting with the shapes and the emotion I feel.”
Artist’s Bio: Paul Nutting is a Colorado artist who grew up in rural Missouri. At an early age he was attracted to drawing the things he observed around him, from farm animals to buildings and landscapes.
Paul’s main interest in landscape painting springs from his desire to convey his appreciation of the natural surroundings. “Landscape painting provides me the opportunity to capture both what I see and the connection I feel to that place at the moment. In my painting I try to pull the viewer into the scene and the sheer joy I feel in just being there.”
Paul paints en plein air (on location) whenever possible, a passion he credits to training under Colorado painters Molly Davis and Marc Hanson. “Painting from nature is a challenge. Even in the best weather the sun is changing rapidly and so decisions have to be made rapidly.” “More than once a sudden gust of wind has come out of nowhere and sent my easel, palette, and painting face down into a bush. Painting in Grand County along the Fraser River is one of my favorites, and often I find I am sharing the same view with a moose.”
Paul works primarily in oil, but enjoys working in other media, particularly charcoal and pastel, and occasionally watercolor. “I no longer worry that trying other media and subjects is a distraction. I truly feel that art is a journey and I’m starting serious pursuit of art relatively late in life. I have realistic expectations of what I might achieve, but very high expectations for the sheer joy of the journey. Working in other media and tackling different subjects is for me very much like cross training is for an athlete.”
Paul has studied with Colorado artists Kevin Weckbach and Molly Davis, and taken workshops with Marc Hanson, Stacey Peterson, Dave Santillanes, and Desmond O’Hagan.
Sue Williams Hang
Sue Williams is an award-winning studio painter. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art and Education. Early on, she taught a few years in a junior high school. Later, she took time off from the arts to devote herself to raising a family. As her children grew older she found herself desiring a creative outlet. At that time, she chose to pick up watercolors even though she did not have much experience in that medium. Some say watercolor is a difficult medium to work in but she was hooked. In her finished works, she aims to have the viewer wonder and ask themselves just what is happening in the painting. Hopefully wondering not only what but also why.