Says Colorado artist Dix Baines: "I am drawn to the things which speak to the senses; the light and atmosphere of landscapes, the impressions of a moment or place, and the spirit or nature of people." Dix's painting from the Top100, "Mouth of Two Rivers" ($4,900) certainly does a good job of capturing the landscape. It's a 16"x38" oil, and his first piece in a PaintAmerica show. Dix paints often on location, and believes that painting directly from the subject when possible is essential to capturing the impression of what he sees. His work has been noted in dozens of national and international shows, and his art has been commissioned for many corporate and private collections.
Montana artist Ron Ukrainetz has now appeared in three PaintAmerica shows over the past few years.. It is a unique clayboard and acrylic technique. Ron engraves the clayboard, then glazes the work with acrylics, a very slow and painstaking process. Ron also works in oil, both en plein air and in the studio. His historic oils of the Lewis and Clark era are rapidly gaining acclaim, and he is in demand for his historic knowledge on that great epic. Ron His piece, "Party Line - Swallows" ($1,500) was juried into the 2009 PaintAmerica Top100 believes painting or sketching on location is one of the best opportunities artists have at their disposal. This also provides each piece to have it's own story told by weather, encounters with wildlife, or people.
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