Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921

STEVE CURL - ZION + YOSEMITE
- Now extended through June 28 -

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Artist Statement: 

I have been fortunate to pursue the artist’s life, which allows me to spend my time as I wish and actually earn a living from it. I love being outdoors and in wilderness. I paint from my direct experience on hikes and excursions where I’ve spent awestruck moments in each of these landscapes. The expression of the infinite is always there in front of us, if we are open to seeing and receiving it. Watercolor behaves just like nature- fresh, spontaneous, and elemental in its simplicity. It is a joyfully portable medium that affords me the opportunity to record my visual impressions quickly and with a natural freshness. Often I’ll do a small study on the spot, “plein air”, then finish a larger painting back in my studio.  All of my paintings seek to capture my experience where a turn in the trail has caught my eye, and I am again witness to the rush of beauty and the life force unfolding before me. Always, I feel blessed to be part of such natural beauty and the dance of light. My paintings are recordings of these inspired moments... of what is fresh, immediate, and alive, and what in my estimation is true and real. I hope you enjoy them...

Zion Artist-in-Residency

In May of 2017, my friend and fellow water colorist, Chris Beck, sent me an article she had seen pertaining to an Artist-in-Residence program at Zion National Park in Utah that  thought it might interest me. I jumped on it. After going through the submission process and a phone interview, I was selected for a month-long Artist in Residence at Zion National Park for the month of February 2018....holy!!..I had been granted an incredible opportunity to explore, hike and paint Zion Canyon. I got to unplug. As a volunteer, I was asked to interact with the public 20 hours per week, hiking, painting, exploring. So tough ;). Also, I produced from my experience there, of their choosing, that will hang in the Park permanently. I made full use of my time hiking the trails at dizzying heights, "Plein Air" painting when the days were warm enough and painting at night from photos I took during the day. I consider myself very fortunate to have experienced these immersions in Zion and Yosemite National Parks. I wish to thank Zion National Park the Yosemite Art & Nature Center/Yosemite Conservancy for such soul stirring opportunities, and the Pacific Art League for showing my paintings of these direct experience. Hope you enjoy them.