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Above: "The Peninsula" (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Tony D'Amico won in the "Best Building" category of the April 2020 Plein Air Salon.

Learn about the oil painting that won in the “Best Building” category of the April 2020 PleinAir Salon.

PleinAir Salon Spotlight: The Peninsula by Tony D’Amico

“This painting captures a busy workday in midtown Manhattan with a backdrop of the glorious Peninsula Hotel and the iconic steam vents that are a common sight in New York City.”

About the Artist (from

Beginning employment as a commercial artist/illustrator, Tony D’Amico enjoyed a successful career in the corporate world working for such companies as PepsiCo, Playtex and American Home Products. He later founded his own promotional marketing agency, Creative Alliance based in Southport CT. The client roster included, The Pepsi-Cola Company, AT&T, Tiffany & Company, eBay and the Guinness Importing Company. Evolving into one of the top promotion and event marketing agencies in the US, he later sold the company to the Publicis Group, an international advertising and media services conglomerate.

Channeling his creativity into a full time career as a fine artist, Tony has studied with a number of nationally recognized artists such as Donald Demers, Matt Smith, Joseph McGurl, Ray Roberts, and Phil Starke. The diverse subject matter of his work is most often fueled by his plein air experiences. He has won many awards for his work including an Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, 2nd Prize at the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society International Online Competition and the FASO Bold Brush Award. He is a signature member of the The American Impressionist Society and the National Oil Painters & Acrylics Society, as well as a member of the Salmagundi Club NY, Oil Painters of America, and The Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.

About the PleinAir Salon:

Due to the coronavirus and the rescheduling of the Plein Air Convention & Expo, where the annual PleinAir Salon Awards are presented, the annual salon competition will be extended. The bi-monthly competition will have three periods added to it, and the awards will be presented at the Plein Air Convention on August 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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