Prescott Plein Air Art Festival :Artists
Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes
The Prescott Plein Air Art Festival has been fortunate to attract the talent of 15 local and regional artists for this year’s event.
Click links below to learn more about this year’s artists and see samples of their work :
Betty Carr received her MFA from San Jose State University and has taught painting and sculpture for many years. She has been selected as a Master Artist in the American Impressionist Society AISM signature. As a professional artist throughout her distinguished career she has traveled extensively gathering inspirational subject matter through her plein air painting experiences. Carr is the author of acclaimed instructional book, ” Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide”, and her work featured in numerous books including Creative Composition & Design,’The Painter’s Workshop; Splash 5; Painter’s Quick Reference; Flowers; Landscapes, and Flower Pocket Pal. Her work is featured in the recent book,” Sedona’s Best Artists”.
Her painting, “Autumn Vineyards” won the prestigious award at the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Alcantara Vineyard’s new Spring blend wine label. She has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Workshop Magazine-American Artist, Watercolor Magazine, American Artist, International Artist and Art Talk, cover artist Southwest Art magazine, June issue 2010. Carr is a signature member of Knickerbocker Society of Artists and Arizona Plein Air Painters. Betty has been professional plein air painter for many years!
Betty has taught workshops both nationally and internationally for many years. She has received numerous juried awards as well as exhibited in major exhibitions and galleries throughout the country along with being the juror in many fine art exhibitions.
Her paintings of OIL, ACRYLIC and WATERCOLOR can be seen on her Web Site : Betty Carr Fine Art .com.
Cindy a an accomplished oil painter, watercolorist and mixed media maker whose work has been featured in galleries and National juried shows across the country. Her work has appeared in Southwest Art, a gallery home at Carré DArtistes in Sedona, and gained numerous major awards. She served on the panel of judges for the 50th Anniversary of the Catalina Festival of the Arts. She has had many solo shows at the Mayo Clinic to honor the patients and staff.
She is a signature member of the Colorado Plein Air Painters, and a founding member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters. Cindy is inspired by the natural world and loves to share her passion through workshops in California and her native state of Arizona. Her classes seek to make painting less intimidating for the novice and communicate the importance of painting from life. Her choice of media depends totally on what the scene demands.
Where is she painting today? Instagram- @ccarrilloart
More of Cindy’s work can be seen here: http://www.cindycarrillo.com
My favorite shoes are hiking boots. For years I explored the wildernesses of the Southwest, hiking, backpacking, hang gliding and mountain biking. This has profoundly influenced my painting. I believe we are incomplete without a connection to, and appreciation of, the natural world. I create impressionist realism paintings of landscapes and wildlife in oils, so that my collectors can share that spiritual relationship, and sustain a deeper connection and respect for our vanishing wild places and the creatures that call them home.
More of Casey’s work can be seen here: https://www.caseycheuvront.com
Dane Chinnock is a working artist calling Prescott ‘home’since 1982 when he moved from Tucson, where he recalls, at an early age, the scent of his mother’s oil paints. A deep love for everything Arizona, from the desserts to the high plains, the pine forests and riparian creeks is what drew him to art. Studying with local legends Bob Knudsen and Paul Abbott, Dane began a full time art career in 2017 with the jury selected entrance into the renown Phippen Art Show and sale in Prescott AZ, where he won the Southeast Art Magazine’s Award of excellence. He is currently represented in Sedona at Rowe Gallery and in Santa Fe at Sage Creek Gallery.
More of Danes’s work can be seen here: https://www.danechinnockart.com
Tim Clark is a self-taught artist. He specializes in acrylic landscapes and seascapes. He began painting in 2014 and enjoys Impressionism, Tonalism, and Realism.
He has exhibited his work in several Arizona Artist Guild Exhibitions (2016, 2017), the 2018 Glendale Arts Council Exhibition, the Shoreline Arts Festival in Washington State (2020) and the Mayo Humanities in Medicine Redefining Covid-19: apArt Together art show (2020). Tim was a participant in the 2022 Plein Air event at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale, AZ. He currently has a solo exhibition at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.
Tim enjoys painting places he’s visited, including Alaska, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Colorado, California, Utah, and the Pacific Northwest. He uses photographs, memories, and personal experience to capture the mood that was unique to the location.
Memberships: Arizona Artists Guild (2016, 2017), American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists
Kadin Goldberg is a landscape painter from the Rocky Mountains of south central Montana. After graduating from the University of Montana, Missoula with a B.A. in Psychology, he decided to pursue his childhood passion of art. He studied portrait and figure drawing at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and continued his studies at Angela Cunningham’s Fine Art Studio in North Carolina.
While primarily a self-taught painter, his technical training in traditional drawing techniques informs his current body of work.
Throughout Kadin’s artistic career he has received numerous awards including First Place in the 2018 Emerging Artist Category at Art Muse Contest Online, First Place (2017) and Second Place (2018) in the Rocky Mountain Juried Exhibition in Red Lodge, MT, First place and People’s Choice Award at the Bisbee Plein Air Festival in Bisbee, AZ as well as Third Place in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational.
More of Kadin’s work can be seen here: http://www.kadingoldberg.com
Michael Chesley Johnson
Michael paints primarily outdoors in oil, pastel or gouache, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been invited repeatedly to national plein air events such as the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. In May 2022, he will be on the distinguished faculty of the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in Santa Fe.
Michael was awarded Master Pastellist status by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, and he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. His paintings have appeared in many magazines and are in both corporate and private collections. He was featured in The Artist’s Magazine in September 2013.
Michael is a nationally-known teacher, giving workshops across the U.S.
A frequent writer for The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist and PleinAir Magazine, he is the author of several books, including Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air.
View more of Michael’s work at: https://www.mchesleyjohnson.com
Russell Johnson grew up in Prescott, AZ and enjoyed the closeness of the outdoors. Today, he is an avid hiker, seeking out trails to explore. On these explorations, Russell will paint “en plein aire” as well as photograph and sketch subjects for future studio paintings. Russell studied art at the University of Arizona, receiving a BFA. He continued his studies later at Prescott College, receiving a Master of Arts degree. Russell is an award winning artist and has artwork in a museum collection. He regularly participates in two annual shows in Prescott: The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale, and the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour. His work is represented by the Raku Gallery in Jerome and The Frame & I in Prescott. Russell’s paintings are vibrant and energetic, often painting with a palette knife. He is a colorist, emphasizing light and color as a dramatic force in his paintings. Russell apprenticed with accomplished landscape painter Robert Knudson during the years of 2009
More of Russell’s work can be seen here: https://russelljohnsonart.net
Cathy Krieger grew up in Kansas riding horses and dreaming of the West. After college I came to AZ and worked with Arabian horses, eventually having a career creating bronzes of famous Arabians. But the landscape was always foremost in my mind. I began painting outdoors, as painting took over my life. I taught painting and printmaking at Yavapai College as an adjunct for 15 years. My husband and I own Krieger’s Gallery downtown Prescott, where we sell our art.
More of Cathy’s work can be seen here: https://cathykrieger.com
As an artist and teacher, Gretchen is inspired not only by her Hispanic heritage, but by her students and the world around her. Capturing an impression of what she sees is not only a challenge but a fulfillment in her paintings.
Starting out as an advertising illustrator, then approaching a fine art career as a water colorist, Gretchen explored what is her first love, painting people!
But it is the art of painting the landscape in plein air which furthered her skills as a painter and teacher. Gretchen has taught classes and workshops in Sedona for over 21 years, along with workshops in California, Southern Arizona, Spain and Mexico. The Phippen Museum of Western Art in Prescott, has provided a wonderful venue for her color mixing workshops and painting classes.
Taking “Best of Show” in the 2021 Sedona Plein Air Festival, Gretchen has also won numerous awards over the years.
More of Gretchen’s work can be enjoyed here: https://gretchenlopezart.com/
Anton Nowels is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and an Art Instructor at both the Scottsdale Artists’ School and the Winslow Art Center. His work has been juried into both the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the American Impressionist Society (AIS) national exhibitions. Nowels won Best in Show at the 2019 Arizona Plein Air Painters Juried Members Show judged by Mitch Baird. In 2018 he won Second Place at the Scottsdale Artists’ School’s Best and Brightest Show. Additionally, Nowels won First Place at the 2017 Bisbee Plein Air Festival. His work is experimental by nature and is reflective of his Interdisciplinary Art and Performance degree from ASU. His workshops and artwork explore both Impressionistic and Contemporary approaches taught by Charles Hawthorne, Henry Hensche, Sergei Bongart, and Josef Albers.
More of Anton’s work can be viewed at: https://antonnowels.com
After twenty seven successful years in marketing communications, advertising, trade show design and commercial illustration I ventured out into the world of fine art. When I reached the point in my career here I was more manager or art director, and found myself hiring artists to do what I had always enjoyed doing, I knew it was time to return to my passion, to creating fine art. My art is a representation of what I see combined with how I feel about the subject at that given moment. Painting should be more than a portrait of the subject matter; it must evoke an emotion that connects with the artists’ heart, only then can it touch the viewer. My wife Marlene and I currently live in the central Arizona Mountains around Prescott. We are just a couple of hours drive from The Grand Canyon where we spend a few relaxing days every December. For us it is a place of renewal, an inverted cathedral, if you will, where you can sit quietly with God.
More of Eric’s work can be seen here: http://www.slaytonfineart.com
Matt Sterbenz grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent most of his childhood with a pencil in hand, drawing his surroundings. After receiving an oil painting set at the age of ten, the pencil was always accompanied by brushes. Matt graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. He frequently finds himself hiking and painting outdoors; a process which he believes is critical for producing effective studio work. Matt Sterbenz is the former president of Arizona Plein Air Painters. He has participated in some of the nation’s top plein air invitational events, including the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art and the Sedona Plein Air Festival. Matt was an invited member of the teaching faculty at the 2016 Plein Air Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona. His work has appeared in publications including Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine. More of
Matt’s work can be seen here: http://www.msterbenz.com
Dawn Sutherland is a painter of Southwest landscapes. A teacher in her first life, a college counselor in her second, Dawn began her third life as a painter in 2001. An avid gardener and hiker, Dawn, her husband, Stan, and their cats moved to Arizona in 2003. There, her paintbrushes met the challenge of intense blue skies, distant horizons, canyon mazes and crazy quilts of wildflowers blanketing the earth. “Painting outdoors, en plein air, uniquely captures the depth, definition, and feeling of the landscape before me. I feel there is almost almost always a near-perfect composition provided by nature” When not painting, Dawn can be found either in her gardens “painting” with plants or exploring hiking trails. 2020 will be her seventh year participating in Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. A founding member of Arizona Plein Air Painters, Dawn is also a member of The Nature Conservancy, Grand Canyon Conservancy, Best Friends, and Morris Animal Foundation.
More of Dawn’s work can be seen here:
Stephen Van Handel
Five years ago, after a full career as an art director, I fell in love again with the brush. Though I hadn’t painted since art school, I picked up the brush again and fell in love with a meditation so pure, so inclusive, yet so utterly lacking in any ‘technologies’ that had up to that point consumed me as a graphic artist and a music composer.
As a painter I’m immersed in a renewed spirit of self discovery. Out in the natural world, as a nature man and a painter, is when I feel the balance and elation that my life is as finely tuned as it is possible in this constant meditation.
Plein air is indeed a journey and not a destination. What’s going on out there today is remarkable – a real art ‘movement’ on a grand scale, and I feel incredibly fortunate to meet and paint with the living artists all around us who inspire.