Oil painting of a green, hilly landscape with trees in the valleys

Canyon Grove
By Brad Teare
30 x 30 in.
Oil on panel
Available from Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inspired by a field sketch, this richly textured painting was completed in the studio during the Fall of 2021. Teare uses plein air paintings to record accurate value and color while transferring the sketch’s original energy to his studio work.


Although initially a woodcut artist, seeing an exhibit of Van Gogh paintings at the Metropolitan museum reignited Teare’s love of thick paint. He was surprised at how much more impact Van Gogh’s paintings had in person. Some of Van Gogh’s paintings that he knew from reproductions were hardly recognizable. Intrigued, Teare began landscape painting with thick texture. Starting with brushes, he later switched to palette knives to achieve even thicker strokes of color. Other influences include Birger Sandzén, Edgar Payne, and William Wendt.

Raised in Kansas, at age 18, Teare traveled to Northern Idaho, built a log cabin in the foothills of Moscow Mountain, and began studying wood engraving. He later studied fine art at the University of Idaho. After college, Teare moved to New York to pursue an illustration career featuring the art of woodcut. He worked for The New York Times and Random House, where he did book covers for authors such as James Michener, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker.

Teare eventually left New York to pursue a full-time career as a landscape painter. He settled in a picturesque valley in Utah. Teare travels the West, recording its beauty in field sketches and painting larger versions back in his studio.

To see more of Brad’s work, visit: wwwbradteare.com