Please join us for an opening reception of 'Views from the Road', selected landscape small works by pastel artist John Evans, and oil painter Hans Eric Olson, on December 6th from 5-7pm. Wine, hot cider, and light appetizers served.
Hans Eric Olson resides in Fairfield, Iowa where he spends many hours exploring the natural beauty of the Midwest. His bold use of color are revealed in his Iowa landscapes with strong use of light and shadows. “What moves me is color, form and the energy brought together when the two become one. As I evolve as an artist, I try to look beyond the beauty of Nature and dig deeper to create energy that moves the viewer.”
John Evans resides in Richland, Iowa and primarily works in pastel and colored pencil. John maintained a professional career as an art instructor and artist for over 39 years and is now retired from education and in the studio full time. A Signature/Charter membership in the Iowa Pastel Society he is currently the President of this organization.
"I am a landscape painter. My subject matter is very traditional and my painting style floats between realism and impressionism. The Impressionists and Post Impressionists have greatly influenced me." - John Evans
Both artists enjoy the "Plein-Air" style of painting, where the artist paints directly from nature, quickly trying to capture the rapidly changing light and shadows of the landscape
"Painting 'en plein air' (in the open air) is a pursuit unlike any other painting technique. It challenges me to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front of me. I love the experience– from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channeling all those feelings from head to hand, re-creating the vision in front of me on canvas. It is truly a spiritual experience for me. Painting en plein air takes me out of my mind and into peace and happiness." - Hans Eric Olson