Featured Artwork: Paula Swain presented by the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

“Capitol Reef Trail” by Paula Swain

“Capitol Reef Trail”

oil on canvas

30 x 30 in.

About the Artist:

Paula Swain is one of the 26 artists who participated in this year’s Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, which took place at the South Rim of Grand Canyon September 10-17, 2016.  Now in its 8th year, the plein air event features artists painting at various locations around and in the Canyon. The exhibit and sale of their work at Kolb Studio on the South Rim will continue through January 16, 2017. The exhibit is open daily, and is free and open to the public.

For this year’s Celebration of Art, honoring the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, the artists were encouraged to submit a studio painting of any of the national parks. Swain chose to submit a painting of Capitol Reef National Park. She often travels from her home in Salt Lake City to paint the magnificent national parks in Utah.

Of the day Swain painted “Capitol Reef Trail’ she explains: “The incredible morning spent at Capitol Reef was peaceful, silent, and still. The colors of the sunrise changed, moment by moment, seeming to come in waves. I knew then that my goal was communicate the thrill of the sparkling light touching the edges of the sheer, ancient walls, with the glowing colors of reflected light within the shadows. My greatest delight is to share with the viewer this deep, exuberant joy.”

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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