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. My focus is to create a convincing sense of place.. of being there.. the stunning light.. the radiant colors.. the sense of presence.
By contrast.. studio paintings tend to focus on revealing underlying Archetypes.. any actual reference material is just a point of departure. With an abiding interest in universal patterns .. I look for the design of organic geometry.. the stylized fractal display. Strong use of color and a convincing sense of light are also abiding passions. Powerful desert landscapes are my muse.
* Why Paint *
One of the many benefits from this life-long pursuit is 'learning to see'.. how deeply beautiful and astounding 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 delight of the timeless play of light on form.. the magic of the everyday world.
'Capitol Reef - Torrey Glow'