This workshop covers the fundamentals of landscape painting in oil and pastel, including composition, values, masses, focal point, edges, line, drawing, and color. Pastels and Oils are classic media that lend themselves naturally to outdoor studies and indoor studio work, and Chavez feels that working from life is the best way to develop your skills and gain the necessary knowledge to improve your landscape work. Weather permitting, the class will work outdoors 3 out of the 5 days, creating small pastel and/or oil field studies. Lorenzo will demonstrate daily and offers individual attention and critiques.
Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico. His inherited connection to the colorful and historic Southwest as well as seeing the Taos Society of Artists works was the catalyst for his art career. He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art.
Chavez participates in several national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America in New York, Artists of America Show in Denver, Rims to Ruins Exhibtion,Plein Air Painters of America, Albuquerque Art Museum, Maynard Dixon Country,Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Bradford Brinton Museum, Coors Show in Denver, the Butler Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, and Settlers West Gallery in Tucson. He was featured in a successful one-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum and has participated successfully in several C.M. Russell art auctions.
Feature articles have appeared in Southwest Art, Artists of the West, American Artists Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and the Pastel Journal. Three new books feature his art: Colorado Landscapes, Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and Plein Air New Mexico. Lorenzo is represented by galleries and many private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.
His suggestive renderings and fluent technique have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter. He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, Society of American Impressionists, California Art Club, Degas Pastel Society, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artists of the West Pioneer Museum.
Chavez’s work is featured in prominent galleries and is included in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Western Rendezvous Of Art, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of Spain.