“Greeting the Sun at Moran Point”
48 x 24 in.
oil on canvas
The 9th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Air featured 25 artists painting
plein air at the Grand Canyon September 9-16, 2017. The exhibit and sale of their work will be open daily through January 15, 2018, at Kolb Studio at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
This month’s featured artist is Matt Sterbenz from Chandler, Arizona. For his second year participating in the Celebration of Art, Sterbenz captured in his studio painting “Greeting the Sun at Moran Point” the glory of a canyon sunrise.
“A Grand Canyon sunrise is a thing of incredible beauty. It all starts with a warm glow. The sun slowly creeps above the horizon, and the quiet Canyon begins to stir. As the golden light intensifies, peaks and mesas rise from a sea of shadow. “Greeting The Sun At Moran Point” began with such a sunrise, and a quick plein air painting. Because the light changes so quickly, especially when the sun is very low, I could only paint a few notes of color before the sun’s display was over. Back home in the studio, I referenced some of my photographs and plein air sketches in hopes of capturing the magic I witnessed that day.”
To see more of Sterbenz’s work from the exhibit visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5PfJw5