Plein Air Paintings on View > Titled “Back to the Ranch,” this exhibit of 15 new paintings by Jeff Sewell captures the natural beauty of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, formerly part of the historic Moulton Ranch starting in 1895. This ranchland was once painted by William Wendt and many other historical plein air artists. These works will be displayed in Mayén Olson frames.
Sewell is a native Southern Californian working in collaboration with Moulton Museum, an Orange County-based museum working to keep the history of the region and its ranching era alive by archiving, restoring, and preserving historical artifacts.
Details at a Glance:
Back to the Ranch
Through June 29, 3023
Moulton Museum, Laguna Hills, California
The exhibit of 15 new paintings by Jeff Sewell, captures the natural beauty of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, formerly part of the historic Moulton Ranch starting in 1895. This ranchland was once painted by William Wendt and many other historical plein air artists. These works will be displayed in Mayén Olson frames.
Sewell won Best in Show at Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s (LPAPA) 24th Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Without a formal art degree, Jeff considers himself a “sponge” as he takes inspiration from other artists and his surrounding environment to develop his own artistic style.
Predominantly painting “en plein air” allows Jeff to translate information through color and tone while adding a sense of depth and dimension to the landscape before him. Rather than making an exact replication of the subject, Jeff’s love for Impressionism inspires him to inject his own style and personality into his work.
Sewell hopes his “less information is more” approach encourages viewers to fill in all the details and explore the different emotions each painting evokes. Jeff is the founder and lead mentor of LPAPA’s Plein Air Project, an educational program encouraging 4th graders to explore outdoor painting. Sewell has mentored over 5,000 students.
“Back to the Ranch” will transport you back in time to the early history of Orange County. “We are incredibly fortunate to work with such talented individuals like Jeff Sewell who have the ability to capture what it was like to live on the ranch all those years ago,” shared Jared Mathis, President of Moulton Museum and CEO of The Moulton Company.
“Back to the Ranch” is curated by Jennifer Keil, Cindy Keil, and Jeff Sewell.