PleinAir Salon - John Buxton (Allison Park, Pennsylvania),
John Buxton (Allison Park, Pennsylvania), "How Many Beaver?" oil, 12 x 9 in.

We’d like to congratulate John Buxton for winning Overall First Place in the September 2023 PleinAir Salon, judged by William A. Suys, Jr.

“How Many Beaver?” is the title of John’s work, shown above.

“This painting has a visceral presence and power,” William said of the first-place winner. “Even though it is presented on a simple background, I sense a real engagement and atmosphere with the subject and all the elements the artist so beautifully selected and rendered. Clearly, a piece that comes to life.”

John Buxton is an Art Renewal Center Living Master known as a “painter of our heritage.”

From his website:

John Buxton’s 31 years as a successful illustrator have evolved into these past 20 + years as an honored Fine Artist, painting scenes inspired by the 18th-century Wilderness Frontier. A frontier that influenced the development and relations of “The New World”; its people and what would become a New Nation.

There have been many awards and accomplishments in his 55-year career. John’s work is recognized in the Western Art genre. Perhaps because in the early years of European settlement, the “West” did not yet extend beyond the eastern mountain range or the Mississippi River. This allows his paintings to be exhibited at The Masters Of The American West Show at the Autry Museum each year. The Eiteljorg Museum of Indianapolis also exhibits his paintings in its Quest For The West Show annually.

[The artist researches, reads, does more research, or hires] a Historian to qualify the authenticity of every detail before beginning any sketches or developing compositions. It has to be correct because John’s paintings hang in museums, at Historical sites, and are used in documentary films, books, and magazines. His images also help to bring visual reality to the written word in many classrooms.

About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online art competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $50,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir® Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The Annual Awards will be presented live at the next Plein Air Convention & Expo.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.


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