Kim Casebeer: I find inspiration in nature in a variety of ways. It can be in the places I go near where I live, or in the places that I visit. Revisiting places near where I live, such as in “Evening at the Pond,” may seem mundane, but going back to the same places over and over again allows me to more deeply study a location. It’s when I get to know a place that I can bring more of my feelings for it into the painting, which is really at the heart of why I paint. That is why these simple places can be so wonderful to paint.
Having the opportunity to visit other locations such as the Grand Teton National Park, which inspired “Last Moments of the Day,” is also very inspiring. I plein air paint a lot when I’m visiting a location. Bringing these plein airs home gives me valuable insight when working on larger pieces. The light, shadows, wind, rain, sun, and how I felt – these are all important notes to capture and bring back to the studio. No matter if I’m painting in my backyard, or across the country, I want to elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
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