“Greeting the Sun at Moran Point” by Matt Sterbenz

“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

For more information about Grand Canyon Celebration of Art visit grandcanyon.org 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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