Lorenzo Chavez

image of Lorenzo Chaves painting on an easelMy Art reflects my deep passion for the Landscape of the American West. My hope is that the qualities represented in the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists are also echoed in my work.​

I was born and raised in the southern most point of the Rockies in New Mexico. Through the years, while searching for subject matter, I have realized there are many similarities throughout the Rockies. I love the deep cobalt blue of the vaulting sky, clouds that float and dance, rabbit brush, chamisa, pinon, pine and juniper, the willows that line the stream banks, the granite in the mountain ranges, aspens and the endless seas of grasses are all subjects for my ever exploring eyes.

I strive to create in oils and pastel landscapes that have a timeless appeal to them. I want the emotion I feel to come through in the surface textures of the art. The colors, textures and light of the western landscape inspire and guide my work. It is the simple glimpses into nature that move me to create. Wallace Stegner said it in brevity of words, “A few cottonwoods, the gurgle of water in a creek or ditch, can have as profound effect on me as the grandest view.”

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