"Play of Light" by Rachel Pettit

“Play of Light”

28 x 22 in.


Rachel Pettit is one of the 25 featured artists who participated in the 9th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art September 9-16, 2017, painting plein air on the South Rim of the Canyon. An exhibit and sale of their work opened at Kolb Studio on September 17. The exhibit and sale will be open daily through January 15, 2018.

This year the event is celebrating the women artists—both historic and contemporary—who have taken on the unique challenges of capturing the splendor and vastness of the Grand Canyon on canvas. Nine of this year’s artists are women. This is Rachel’s first year participating in the event.

Each of the participating artists also created a studio painting for the exhibit, which hangs in the exhibit along with the plein air work they paint during the event. This month’s featured artwork Play of Light is Rachel Pettit’s studio painting.

Rachel says of her plein air painting:

“ ‘It doesn’t get any better than this’ is my motto when I am painting outdoors, taking in the visual feast and discovering the subtleties of nature right before my eyes. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to freely pursue this passion. At a young age, I moved with my family to Scottsdale, Arizona and spent my childhood in the southwest, traveling, camping and exploring. This instilled a great love of the outdoors which later was continued as a love of landscape painting.”

For more information please visit:

https://www.grandcanyon.org/events/ or contact Kathy Duley [email protected] 480.277.0458

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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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