A series of landscape paintings and pastel drawings by plein-air artist Lorenzo Chavez will be on display at USU Eastern’s Gallery East from April 4 through April 22, 2022. The exhibit, titled “Wandering the Colorado Plateau,” will feature several of his last outdoor scenes. from the country of the canyons.
Chavez has wandered the southwest for most of his adult life. The seemingly endless vistas of cliffs, spiers and canyons provided an endless stream of images to paint and draw. “The landscapes of the region known as the Colorado Plateau have been an endless source of inspiration for creation and a stimulating and nurturing terrain for the spirit,” he said.
“As a young painter looking for inspiring landscapes to draw and experience, I began to explore this region and it never failed to inspire me more than many other areas,” Chavez said. It’s no wonder the shadows and lit walls and spiers of the canyon sparked a lifelong passion for painting the Southwest. “I love the timeless feeling, the bare bones of good exposed earth and wide open spaces, the endless sky and the mysterious and fascinating canyons and dry washes. When I draw, I immerse myself in beauty, I I think creatively and step away briefly from the demands of everyday life I am fully present in this place and time I see, study and notice things I may not have noticed before Draw raises my awareness; and that’s nice now because I’ve learned to value the experience and the creative process more than any preconceived outcome.
This love of the Plateau and its canyons has been a driving force. “I feel rejuvenated and at peace here in the Colorado Plateau region,” he observed. “I feel inspired to share my love of this place. The grandiose panoramas and small dry washes, sagebrush and pine are all influences for the creation. By painting the landscape from nature, I began to remember that I am not separate from nature, that as a human I belong not only to a human society, but also to nature and in the world more than human. I don’t just see the power and beauty of nature from the outside, I’m part of it. It is here among nature and surrounded by this place of wonder that I am most aware of being. And, this is where I am raised and inspired to love and create.
“The night sky, dawn and dusk leave me with a sense of another dimension and a connection to timelessness and the eternal, and for that I am grateful to be alive to feel, create and love. “, Chavez said.
Chavez now calls Parker, Colorado home and uses this location as a base for traveling and painting the American West and Southwest. Using pastel and oil mediums, her hope is to continue the artistic traditions of American painters, such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists.
USU Eastern’s Gallery East is located in the Central Instruction Building and its exhibits are free and open to the public during the academic year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on weekends and holidays. The gallery observes COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings and a limit of 10 people in the gallery at a time.
Lorenzo Chavez will lead an outdoor workshop in the Price area on April 7-8. The Chavez Exhibit Reception will be held April 8 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Contact Noel Carmack by phone at (435) 613-5241 or by email at [email protected] with any questions regarding Chavez’s exhibit or two-day workshop.