Dave Santillanes

Dave Santillanes

Dave Santillanes
Artist Statement As my painting style continues to evolve my goal with each piece is not a literal rendering of the scene.  Instead it is to capture and convey its essence. In terms of composition, I look for simplicity.  I’ve found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of ‘place’.  Therefore I’ll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and  use them for the underlying design concept.  And because I’ve departed from a literal interpretation, I’m free to rearrange elements to fit this concept.  In this way I am able to describe the scene in my own “words”. Finally, capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere.  This requires direct observation and is why most of my paintings begin in the field with a plein air study.   But studying the physical aspects of nature isn’t the only reason I paint outdoors; for me, the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There’s no better way to get to know a place on earth than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can’t be achieved in mere passing and allows me to “speak” with complete sincerity in each painting. Dave Santillanes Fort Collins, Colorado 2011
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Artist

Artwork

Autumn at the Divide
Dave Santillanes

Autumn at the Divide

Oil

30 x 40 in

$9,000.00

Mountain Air Study, 2018
Dave Santillanes

Mountain Air Study, 2018

Oil on panel

12 x 20 in

$2,200.00

Snow on Copeland Falls Study
Dave Santillanes

Snow on Copeland Falls Study

Oil

8 x 10 in

(Sold)

Road to the Sun
Dave Santillanes

Road to the Sun

Oil

36 x 36 in

(Sold)

Autumn in Colorado
Dave Santillanes

Autumn in Colorado

Oil

30 x 40 in

$9,000.00

Night Walkers
Dave Santillanes

Night Walkers

Oil on wood panel

10 x 10 in

$900.00

Uplift Study, 2018
Dave Santillanes

Uplift Study, 2018

Oil on panel

12 x 20 in

$2,200.00

The Pleasant Valley
Dave Santillanes

The Pleasant Valley

Oil

32 x 60 in

(Sold)

Evening Descent Study, 2018
Dave Santillanes

Evening Descent Study, 2018

Oil on panel

16 x 12 in

(Sold)

Remnants
Dave Santillanes

Remnants

Oil

24 x 40 in

$7,700.00

Whisper of Light 2, 2018
Dave Santillanes

Whisper of Light 2, 2018

Oil on panel

40 x 30 in

$9,000.00

Whisper of Light Study
Dave Santillanes

Whisper of Light Study

Oil on panel

10 x 8 in

(Sold)

Into the Shadows, 2018
Dave Santillanes

Into the Shadows, 2018

Oil on panel

40 x 30 in

$9,000.00

Silent Descent Study
Dave Santillanes

Silent Descent Study

Oil

10 x 8 in

$900.00

Winter in Slate
Dave Santillanes

Winter in Slate

Oil on wood panel

10 x 10 in

$900.00

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