Nationally acclaimed artist Scott Christensen will give a live plein air demonstration at Grand Teton National Park’s Cathedral Group Turnout, Saturday, August 13, 2-5 pm. Christensen’s demonstration is the third of four such “Artists in the Environment” events this summer. The series is a Grand Teton Association program. The public is welcome to attend, and the event is free, with entry to Grand Teton National Park.
After nearly three decades at the easel, Scott Christensen’s painting has reached the highest level. For Christensen, painting transcends passion; it is as necessary as breathing. Largely self-taught, Christensen became an artist via a circuitous route. Born in Lander, Wyoming, a place of extreme geography and wild beauty, Christensen quickly developed his aesthetic. It was not until college, however, that he would recognize nature as his muse. While attending Nebraska’s Chardon State on a football scholarship, Christensen sustained a severe neck injury that left him unable to compete. Bereft, he sought solace in fly fishing, and he visited his grandfather, a wheelchair-bound amateur oil painter. The scent of oils stirred Christensen’s imagination, and he took a leap of faith, enrolling in art classes.
Christensen’s energy courses through paintings, deeply moving us. A sophisticated world traveler, his work opens our eyes to the beauty of places as varied as California’s twilight coasts to England’s storied countrysides. Embodying both tradition and innovation, Christensen’s paintings are a culmination of nature’s beauty and the delight Christensen takes in the journey.
“The process alone,” he says, “is worth the effort.”
Scott Christensen is an internationally recognized artist. Over the years he has pursued painting with the discipline he once brought to sports. An atypical combination of athleticism, scholarly curiosity, and an ardent desire to experience nature are the alchemy of Christensen’s success. Most recently he’s been invited to show in Russia’s Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. Christensen’s work is part of Grand Teton National Park’s Craig Thomas Visitors’ Center prestigious permanent collection.
Free to all, viewers are invited to bring a chair, a snack, and those who would like to are welcome to paint alongside the artist. Look for the big, bright “Artist’s Demonstration” banner! For more information, email: [email protected]
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