Evening Mesa and Rim15 3/4 x 20 in.(40.01 x 50.8 cm) oil on panel
Provenance Private Collection
In 1995, Duncan Martin left full-time teaching at the Principia College Studio Art facility to focus on painting and lived in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Although he later returned to serve as a Professor of Art and Chair of the Art and Art History Department, he is retired and entirely devoted to en plein air landscape painting today. Martin usually begins with long, bold strokes using a palette knife or brush and adjusts with strokes that become smaller, more controlled, and more detailed. He continues to observe, making visual assessments and incremental finishing touches using both ends of the brush. As a painter, Martin is interested in something other than creating facile representational paintings. Instead, he hopes to understand some essential truth not necessarily revealed in its physical details.