I have been enjoying living in Reno Nevda for since 2013 after taking a new job working as the General Manager and Landscape Architect for a Landscape Construction Company. Several times a week I find myself walking the mountains with my dogs and looking for the inspiration of my next painting series. I am finding there are many new colors to take in, mostly neutral which is a challenge compared to the lush foothills of California. None the less there is plenty of color and rock formations to take in. The mountain formations are ridgelines are probably the most inspiriing which I have not yet come to grips on how to paint from such a distance. Most of artistic energy is being directed into the construction company and the design of spaces for people. I do miss the quick inspiration and splash of color of the pallet knife hitting the canvas. I'm looking forward to capturing the high desert on canvas in the future.
I'm just finishing up painting several paintings featuring spring wild flower encounters up in the Sierra mountains. The runoff this year was amazing! I found myself exploring the Silver Fork of the South Fork of the American River and the Mokelume River searching the mountain sides for Poppy and Lupine explosions. It was a great year for color and I tried to capture this in several of my new releases. I'm not sure what summer will bring as I am wanting to start a new river series featureing the Silver Fork and capturing some of the great rapids and landscape along its edges. I am hoping to find one great river shot in the lower elevation of the American as well as a painting of the Carson River running through Hope Valley.
One other trip I just got back from was a adventure to Smith Valley Nevada along the Walker river. The high desert in this region is stunning especially as the sun is sets, casting long shadows over the mountains and plains.
Please check out the Sierra Mountain Series on this website. I have just released seven new paintings including several paintings showing the first signs of Spring int the Sierra Foothills and several Winter and Fall images of Hope Valley and the Sierra Foothills. Some of these paintings will be heading to New York for my show in early April.
In April of 2010 I will be displaying my recent releases of my Sierra Mountain Series in a solo show at the Martin Stankiewicz Gallery in Chappaqua New York. The address is shown below.
Martin Stankiewicz Gallery
142 King Street
Chappaqua, NY 10514