Tseyi Canyon by artist Damien Gonzales
(Oil on Canvas)
Artist Damien Gonzales divides his time between painting outdoors and in the studio. Damien is an oil painter -- focusing primarily on landscape painting. According toSouthwest Art magazine, Damien has been attracted to landscape painting ever since he visited a Santa Fe gallery and viewed a stunning canvas depicting a large rock wall at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River flowing along its base. He notes that he enjoys representational works and aspects of impressionism that impart a sublime quality to a painting.
In the Shadow of Mummy Cave by artist Damien Gonzales
(Oil on Mounted Linen)
Gonzales has stated that he enjoys the spontaneity required to quickly capture the essence of a location-- referring to, "The most accurate color and value information possible and the other transient elements that are present only for an hour or two, at most." Damien notes that paintings completed in the field are sometimes framed and shown as they were after leaving a location -- others are used to produce additional paintings back in his studio.
Art critic Brian Sherwin, Editor of The Art Edge, offered some thoughts about Damien's oil landscape paintings. Sherwin said, "Damien's plein air and studio works capture the majestic power of nature. He has an eye for awe-inspiring locations... areas that reveal the intricate beauty of the natural world. Each painting reminds us that we should not take the beauty in our world for granted."
Desert Sunrays by artist Damien Gonzales
(Oil on Panel)
Artist Damien Gonzales is currently represented by Purple Sage Gallery and Total Arts Gallery (click here for more gallery information). You can learn more about Damien Gonzales and his landscape paintings by visiting www.damiengonzales.com.