Painting the West ..

✦ Km Withers .. a professional artist living a great nomadic lifestyle.. warm deserts in the winter.. mountains or the high Colorado Plateau in the summer. Spent many years exploring and working seasonally in the majestic National Parks of the West.  Love the High Desert.


Primarily a landscape painter .. many oil studies are painted plein-air [on location] in the vast American outback.. the clear light and vivid colors are so enticing.. one is compelled to linger and observe.. our earthly home is so fantastic!  I try to convey a convincing sense of place from where I am standing.  These small outdoor studies are documented on my blog.. 'Painting Space' and are then available at my online gallery-shop .. ClearLightStudios.


In contrast.. my studio paintings tend to focus on revealing the underlying Archetypes.. any actual reference material is just a point of departure. With an abiding interest in universal patterns .. I look for the organic geometry.. the stylized fractal designs. Strong use of color and portraying a convincing sense of light are also an abiding obsessions. Powerful desert landscapes are my muse.


* Why Paint *

One of the many benefits from this life-long pursuit of actually 'learning to see' is how deeply beautiful the world becomes.. that in itself is reason enough to train the eye.  Nature opens up from close observation.. the unexpected colors that catch the eye.. the timeless delight of the changing play of light on form.. experiencing the magic of the everyday world.. truly an endless mystery to explore.


capitol reef torrey rocks at sunset painting © Km Withers

'Capitol Reef - Torrey Glow'