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Lorenzo Chavez: Artist Statement
My Art reflects my deep passion of the Rocky Mountain region and the American Southwest. My hope is that the qualities represented in the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists are also echoed in my work.
I was born and raised in the southern most point of the Rockies in New Mexico. Through the years, while searching for subject matter, I have realized there are many similarities throughout the Rockies. I love the deep blue of the vaulting sky, clouds that float and dance, rabbit brush, chamisa, pinon, pine and juniper, the willows that line the stream banks, the granite in the mountain ranges, aspens and the endless seas of grasses are all subjects for my ever exploring eyes. I strive to represent landscapes that have a timeless appeal to them. I want the emotion I feel to come through in the surface textures of the art. The colors, textures and light of the western landscape inspire and guide my work. It is the simple glimpses into nature that move me to create. Wallace Stegner said it in brevity of words, "A few cottonwoods, the gurgle of water in a creek or ditch, can have as profound effect on me as the grandest view."
Congratulations to Lorenzo Chavez!
Lorenzo'sWinter along the Foothills was the cover image for The Pastel Journal's December, 2011 issue.
March Wind won the Award of excellence Pastel Society of the West Coast
Artist Advocate Award of excellence Society of American Impressionists Exhibition 2010
20th Annual Colorado Governors Exhibition Loveland Museum. Loveland Colorado April 2011
Sierra Sunrise won the Holbein Award Of Excellence Pastel Society of America Exhibition at the National Arts Club New York, New York 2010
California Art Clubs 100th Gold Medal exhibition Pasadena Art Museum Pasadena California - April 2-3,2011