Pastel painting of a storm over the Grand Canyon

A Canyon of February Storm
By Bruce Gomez
29 x 39 in.

During the 13th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, 23 plein air artists from around the country gathered at Grand Canyon National Park, painting plein air along the South Rim of the canyon for a week in September. The artists faced the challenges the canyon presents to those who attempt to capture its beauty, its vastness, its depth, and its ever-changing light and weather patterns on canvas or on paper.

Bruce Gomez, a pastel artist from Denver, Colorado, has participated in Grand Canyon Celebration of Art for the past 7 years, often as the only pastel artist. During the 2017 Celebration of Art his fellow artists presented him with the Artist’s Choice Award. He considers himself fortunate to travel and paint in wonderful places like Telluride, Paris, Rome, and Moab. “I go out and look to capture that one unique and spectacular moment of life,” he says.

All of the participating Celebration of Art artists submit a Grand Canyon themed studio painting prior to the event. Regarding his studio painting “A Canyon of February Storm” Gomez says:

“Imagine the stunning silence of snow and clouds filling the most vast space. I saw this slow dance of a storm breaking below me two decades ago and I’ve forever been wanting to capture this on paper.”

The work of these accomplished artists (both studio and plein air work) will be exhibited and available for purchase at Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park through January 17, 2022 or online at:

For more information contact Kathy Duley at [email protected] or 480-277-0458