LPAPA’s 9-day Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational features 35 nationally renowned plein air artists, with daily events celebrating Laguna’s artistic legacy and the tradition of plein air painting. Original works of art created throughout the week will be exhibited and available for purchase at the Collectors Gala to be hosted at Tivoli Too on Saturday October 14th. The Art Show and Sale will continue, open to the public, on Sunday, October 15th. These 35 artists will be competing for more than $20,000 in prizes, including the coveted $10,000 “Best in Show” award to be announced during Saturday’s Collectors Gala.  

 

LPAPA Founding Member Jacobus Baas

Jacobus Baas
Laguna Beach, California

“The act of applying paint to a canvas has always been intriguing to me. To transform a two-dimensional surface and give it a feeling of space with carefully arranged brush strokes using the right colors and values, is pure magic.”

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Suzie Baker

Suzie Baker
Shenandoah, Texas

“I paint in oils and am motivated by color, immediacy of stroke, composition, the camaraderie of other artists, and ultimately the desire to evolve as an artist. I strive to create paintings that communicate confidence in execution and that exhibit a fresh, intuitive, and spontaneous quality.”

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lpapa artist member zufar bikbovZufar Bikbov
Oakville, Connecticut

“For me painting en plein air always was very special. Under the moon’s glow and sun’s beam, I have got an invitation to express my feelings and thoughts. In every painting, I try to play an ode to the light.”

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lpapa artist member carl bretzkeCarl Bretzke
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“I am a painter… sometimes a plein air painter, sometimes a figurative painter, a cityscape painter, a narrative painter, and a studio painter. I paint often from life, occasionally from photo reference, and sometimes from imagination. My goal is to continually improve my understanding of the language of painting so that I can create work that satisfies my personal aesthetic and hopefully is enjoyed by others.”

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John Burton
Carmel, California

“Hiking the trails, swimming in the ocean, and sleeping under the stars have provided my paintings with even greater understanding and depth.”

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lpapa founding member john cosby

John Cosby
San Clemente, California

“Giving reason to chaos is the job of the Artist. I consider the Artists of our past that have been able to rise to that level of achievement, to have added to our collective conciseness and in turn advanced our society. I am challenged on a daily basis to contribute to this noble pursuit.”

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LPAPA Signature & Invitational Artist Rick J. DelantyRick J. Delanty
San Clemente, California

“Intuition and spontaneity play key roles in the development of my landscape paintings. Expressive brushwork conveys my emotional response to that landscape, in my search to describe the “essence” behind the “form.”   Acrylics and oils are my chosen mediums, for their color, liquidity, versatility, and durability.”

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Gil Dellinger
Laguna Beach, California

“Since the year 2000, I have participated in 25 events.  The LPAPA event has been the best and most consistent.  The quality of the artists has grown, and last year’s show was a knockout.  Congrats to Rosemary, Toni and crew for a great event.”

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Jennifer DiehlJennifer Diehl
Mt. Angel, Oregon

“Light shifts colors throughout a single day, changing entirely your perception and experience of the things around you. Light is everywhere, affects everything, and moves me to paint.”

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A_Erickson_headshot006Aimee Erickson
Portland, Oregon

“Color has emotional weight for me and is related to the shape of space. Drawing or painting, for me, means to look at the thing and transmit its vitality to the canvas.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Andy EvansenAndy Evansen
Vermillion, Minnesota

“Watercolor has always fascinated me, the effects of pigment and water mixing on paper are so unique and challenging and the results so beautiful. It is also the perfect medium for capturing those fleeting moments and light effects when working on location. Watercolor painting, to me, is about making a direct statement.”

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Laguna Plein Air Signature Artist Debra Joy Groesser

Debra Joy Groesser
Ralston, Nebraska

“I have a quote by Andrew Wyeth on the wall above my easel in my studio. It says, “I believe one’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.” That quote describes perfectly my passion for painting, especially plein air landscape painting.”

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LPAPA Invitational Artist Joe GyurcsakJoe Gyurcsak
Mercerville, New Jersey

“My paintings express a sense of light, atmosphere and mood; they transcend the techniques that were employed to create them and breathe the very light and atmosphere they were painted in. I like to capture the fleeting moments of life; the sublime manifestations of light and color, their aesthetic influences on the subject.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Stephanie HartshornStephanie Hartshorn
Denver, Colorado

“I consider my paint as a sculptor might her clay. Each brush stroke takes on a form of its own and, in the end, creates textures that explore and express an object or scene.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Jane HuntJane Hunt
Boulder, Colorado

“Even though I paint a lot of studies on location, my landscapes are actually less about describing a specific place than they are about the feelings evoked. In an impressionistic, tonal style I try to convey the emotional connection that I had with each scene.

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18th-Charlie_HunterCharlie Hunter
Bellows Falls, Vermont

“If it is within the realm of human evolution, or the whim of the Divine, to allow one individual to possess the gift of a natural sense of design, then Charlie Hunter is certainly the lucky winner….” – Richard Schmid, ALLA PRIMA II, 2013

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Greg LaRock
Newport Beach, California

“My goal is to bridge the gap between representation and painterly expression. Having my work ‘feel real’ without being a photographic copy of the subject.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist John LasaterJohn P. Lasater IV
Siloam Springs, Arkansas

“I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude.”

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Richard Lindenberg
Novato, California

“Painting is a friend that always brings me great joy and peace.  I paint primarily because it constantly allows me to open my heart. If my paintings can allow the viewer access into a world that is always present, but often taken for granted… then I have contributed something.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Daniel Marshall

Daniel Marshall
Denver, Colorado

“I strive to bring a sense of space and atmosphere, with a cinematic elegance and quiet sophistication to my work. Creating a poetic narrative, each piece telling a unique story”

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James McGrewJames McGrew
Lake Oswego, Oregon

I strive to interpret nature with my brush, not just representing a visual scene, but more importantly, conveying the weather, light, movement, and energy which inspired my emotions during an experience in nature. I want the viewer to feel those natural elements and emotions.”

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Jim McVickerJim McVicker
Loleta, California

“I find plein air painting stimulating, challenging and a process that involves all the senses. One needs to be very alert, spontaneous and open to the ever changing scene.”

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LPAPA Signature Artist Clark MitchellClark Mitchell
Cotati, California

“Years of experience and habit guide me as I develop a painting; however, if I approach the project with too many expectations, nature always has a way of surprising me. This dance with chance is a big part of the joy at ending up with something I’m happy with.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Michael ObermeyerMichael Obermeyer
Laguna Beach, California

“Gregory Peck once said, ‘I love my God, my wife, my family, and my job. I am the damn luckiest man on earth.’ As someone who gets to paint for a living, that pretty much says it all for me.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Rita Pacheco Rita Pacheco
Carlsbad, California

“In painting, I’m inspired by subject matter in the world that invokes a treasured memory, or a positive emotional response. Consistently developing and appreciating my God given ability, I spend time (almost) daily drawing or painting from life, and carefully studying literature on the use of my medium.”

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LPAPA Artist Colin PageColin Page
Camden, Maine

Through painting, I share unexpected moments of beauty that I find in the space around me. Painting is how I share the poetry of experience.

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Jesse PowellJesse Powell
Carmel, California

“I love the abstract qualities of oil paint, especially the ability to build up layers of paint over time.  For me, this is most powerful when combined with realistic subject matter.”

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Laguna Plein Air Signature Artist Jason SacranJason Sacran
Magazine, Arkansas

“I find myself painting the overlooked and simultaneously familiar aspects of everyday life – scenes we pass by but rarely take the time to fully consider. In the chaos of daily life, we all take the simple and familiar for granted. Sometimes it is these quiet unadorned places that make the most worthy subjects.”

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Anthony SalvoAnthony Salvo
Newport Beach, CA

“Plein Air Painting is the catalyst that motivated me to paint again. For me, it’s meeting the challenge of the quick decision of color and brush stroke. Not to over-think, but to be deliberate, fresh and spontaneous in my approach. I want to convey that unspoken energy into every painting to tell my story.”

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LPAPA Signature Artist Patrick Saunders

Patrick Saunders
St. Louis, Missouri

“My art is the product of diligence in practice. I do not believe in talent. I believe that all of us have the potential to create art, if we choose to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit.”

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Jeff SewellJeff Sewell
Costa Mesa, California

“My dream days start with a surf in the morning and then spending the day with my feet in the sand painting seascapes and beach scenes.”

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Michael SituMichael Situ
Irvine, California

“I am passionate about painting light and color.”

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18th-J_Ken_SpencerJ. Ken Spencer
Blackfoot, Idaho

“Art exists so that we may say the unsayable. I hope that a person viewing my artwork will not only find the painting interesting to look at, but will enjoy a personal and emotional connection to the work of art.”

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Laguna Plein Air Artist Michele UsibelliMichele Usibelli
Woodway, Washington

“I find myself drawn to subject matter with rich colors or intriguing light. The vignettes of everyday life inspire me to paint, regardless of whether it’s a landscape, figurative work, cityscape, or portrait. It is my primary goal to have each artwork I create resonate with energy and the poetry of light.”

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laguna invitational jove wangJove Wang
Alhambra, California

“You can try to invent a style for your work, but true personal style and uniqueness comes from within.”

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