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Kevin Macpherson, one of the country's leading plein air painters, is highly respected among collectors and fellow artists alike. Past President of the Plein Air Painters of America, Kevin is a popular instructor, guest lecturer, and art juror throughout the country and abroad. His painting workshops are highly attended, often selling out years in advance. Kevin is sought after as an art judge, curator and speaker around the country.
Now in its ninth printing, Macpherson's painting instruction book, Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color, has been translated into the Chinese language and has quickly become a best-seller for publisher North Light Books. Kevin's clear, concise teaching method has inspired and directed thousands of plein air painters.
Born in 1956, this artist's work is nationally recognized and collected, having attracted the attention of major art collectors, including Roy Rose, the grand-nephew of acclaimed California plein air painter Guy Rose.
Kevin has won many national awards, including so many in national Oil Painters of America competitions that he is the first artist in the organization to be elevated from Signature Member status to that of Master Signature Member.
Kevin excels in his ability to paint all subject matter: landscape, still life, and figurative works. Using spontaneous brushwork and candid color, Kevin's work reveals his interpretive and creative virtuosity. He easily manipulates the elements of an artist's "visual toolbox" to capture the mood of his subject, whether it be the dramatic light of southern France, the rugged beauty of the California coast, or the brilliance of dappled light through a floral still life.
Kevin's work has been featured in many national magazines, Art of the West, Art Talk, U. S. Art, Wildlife Art and gracing the covers of Southwest Art, American Artist, International Artist, and The Artist's Magazine. Contributing editor to Southwest Art Magazine, author of "The Artist's Voice, 2000". In addition to numerous gallery exhibitions,he has shown at the Gilcrease Museum, the Arizona State Capital and the Albuquerque Museum. The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, WY, Carnegie Art Museum, California, Forbes Museum, New York City, NY.
He has also authored two books, Landscape Painting - Inside & Out and REFLECTIONS ON A POND, A VISUAL JOURNAL.
Kevin now makes his home in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico, merging his influences from years in Arizona with his childhood memories of New Jersey. Bitten with wanderlust, Kevin and his wife Wanda can be seen anywhere in the world painting en plein air.
Visit his galleries on the web. See gallery listing.
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
2013 ART SPIRIT SATURDAYS, PAINT-OUT(0) TAOS, NEW MEXICO 6/22/2013-6/22/2013
Taos, New Mexico
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
“ART Spirit Saturdays”
June 22 (Saturday)
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
(9:30 – Noon) Kevin invites all artists and art enthusiasts alike to join him to paint, sketch alongside or simply observe his demonstration, plein air techniques and hints. Soak in the art spirit for a day that will be remembered.
(Noon – 1:00 PM) Lunch available for participants at our Clubhouse in Valle Escondido.
(2:00 – 4:00 PM) Spend the afternoon painting the surroundings while Kevin makes his rounds and offers some encouraging words to guide you towards successful future paintings.
(4:00 – 6:00 PM) Participate in a group critique in Kevin's mountain studio.
Share your paintings or just join in for constructive criticism as Kevin shares the universal truths of painting.
Finish the inspiring day with a cocktail party. Enjoy Kevin and Wanda's Studio and warm hospitality with your new artist companions.
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (575-758-7105) if interested so we have the total number of people who will be participating so we can supply you with directions to our house and studio. This is open to all.
2013 KEVIN MACPHERSON WORKSHOP(975) TAOS, NEW MEXICO 6/24/2013-6/28/2013
Painting Inside and Out WORKSHOP
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
JUNE 24 – 28
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Learn to react intuitively painting en plein air and reflect in the studio for successful, passionate paintings. Refine your artistic, visual vocabulary and define your voice. Create and maintain the “Big picture”. Capture the moment. Assess your work objectively and subjectively. Forget the formulas and look to nature for the truthful answers. Create a painting that goes beyond merely a picture -- one that evokes the senses. Engage in artistic challenges and artistic dialog, take risks and explore under the tutelage of a passionate instructor.
All classes include:
Painting en plein air
Studio painting and lectures
The price of the workshop is $975 for instruction and includes State of New Mexico tax. This fee does not include transportation, food or lodging. Recommendations for lodging and suggested art supplies will be provided by April 1st. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required now to reserve placement. Send a check payable to Kevin Macpherson, 12 Clint Road, Taos, NM 87571 or pay with Paypal on Kevin’s website. The balance of the workshop fee is due May 31st. Cancellation policy: If we can resell your spot, you will be fully refunded, minus the $300 non-refundable deposit. Everyone is welcome for the free paint out and critique.
Classes fill quickly. Registration is first come, first served, as we receive your deposit.
REMEMBER -- join Kevin Macpherson
FREE paint-out and critique
at the “Pond”, prior to workshop
Previous workshop testimonials:
My Taos trip exceeded my expectations. I am so grateful to Kevin for his generous tips, critiques and humor and grateful to you too for taking care of us all so warmly and also sharing your knowledge about painting and marketing. Thank you so much Wanda.
Kevin, you have a unique talent for teaching and encouragement. That is a God-given gift.
Each day was a gift – new challenges, sensitive instruction, delicious food and beauty. Your workshop experience was nothing short of fabulous!
2013 ART SPIRIT SATURDAYS, CRITIQUE(0) TAOS, NEW MEXICO 6/29/2013-6/29/2013
Taos, New Mexico
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
“ART Spirit Saturdays”
June 29 (Saturday)
1:30 – 4:00 PM
After a week of self guided plein air painting, bring two or three of your fresh plein air paintings for an inspiring group participation critique. Kevin will assess your work offering constructive advice based on the principles and foundational basics that make for great painting. Kevin's compassionate, often-humorous critiques will be an invaluable gift to all participants after a week at the easel.
During the week of June 24-28, we encourage you to paint the beautiful surroundings and immerse yourself in the rich and famous art colony of Taos, NM. Or, better yet, join me in my workshop in Taos, NM. If you don’t wish to participate in the workshop, but would rather paint on your own, we can supply you with painting locations if needed. We are sure you will connect with many painting companions for the upcoming week. Perhaps you will renew old friendships and form new lasting friendships.
Please email or call for reservations Space is limited.
Please email (email@example.com) or call (575-758-7105) if interested so we have the total number of people who will be participating and can supply you with directions to our house and studio. This is open to all.