February 27, 2019

Taos Treasures: The Plein Air Creative Process

Taos: Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 5:30-6:30pm
Taos Treasures: The Plein Air Creative Process

Taos Treasures Talk  to Feature Members of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Discussing the Creative Process

Have you ever wanted to peek inside the mind of an artist at the moment they find their Muse? The beauty of New Mexico has a long history of luring the outdoor painter, demanding to be captured in some form of permanence. In fact, some of the best painters in the world come to Taos  to do just that!

Three Master Signature members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Peggy Immel, Paul Murray, and Clive Tyler, will share some of their outdoor painting processes, answering questions such as: What attracts them to a scene? How do they evaluate the subject and form a plan for the painting? How do they then implement that plan in an environment with ever-changing light? What are the challenges of painting outdoors? What are some of their favorite painting stories?

This presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 27, from 5:30-6:30 PM. This talk will take place in the Taos Art Museum’s Fechin Studio, amidst a Winter Invitational Exhibition of the Signature and Master Signature Members of PAPNM.

Peggy Immel
Peggy’s educational background includes architectural studies at Arizona State University and classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, where she studied with Jack Pellew. In addition, she has taken individual workshops from Tony Van Hasselt, Jeanne Mackenzie, Laura Robb and Koo Schadler.

Her paintings have been included in national juried exhibitions and have received numerous awards including a Best of Show in 2013 in the MAA Spring Juried Exhibition held at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX, a Best of Show at the 2013 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Annual Juried Exhibition, and a Best of Show Trustees’ Award at the 2014 Millicent Rogers Museum Annual Miniature Exhibition in Taos, NM. Her most recent awards include an Award of Excellence for “Flower Dance” at the 2018 RMPAP Plein Air for the Park in Grand Teton National Park, WY, and a Best of Signature Members Award for “Furrows” at the 22nd Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Exhibition.

Peggy is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico as well as a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and an Artist Member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. She also belongs to the Outdoor Painters Society, the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Oil Painters of America, and the California Art Club.


Paul Murray
Paul earned a BFA, University of New Mexico, with honors. Paul Murray has been included in national and international juried exhibitions. Recent awards he has received include.
He has been included in many national and international juried exhibitions. Recent awards in these include: 
• Maggie Price Memorial Award, IAPS 2013 International Convention
• Third Place, Landscape Competition, International Artist Magazine, 2010
• National Park Service, Online exhibit of Artists-in-Residence artwork for all National Parks
• Pastel Journal Top 100: Honorable Mention, Landscape 2009, 2008, First Place, Landscape, 2007; Best of Show, Third Place, Landscape, Honorable Mention, Landscape, 2006. Honorable Mention, Landscape 2005, 2004, Three honorable mentions, 2002.
• Miniature Arts Society of Florida, International Show, First place, Drawing, 2011, First place, Pastel, 2010, Second Place, Acrylic, 2007; Third Place Landscape, 2005; Second Place, Exterior/Architectural, 2004
• Pastel Society of America International Exhibit; NY Art Supply Award, 2009, Professional Artists of America Award, 2006, Ridgeway Art Institute Award, 1999
• Artists Magazine Finalist, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005 Competitions, Honorable Mention & Published Image, 2003, Finalist, 2002
• Arts for the Parks, Mini 100 and Top 200, 2006; Mini 100, 2005; Mini 100, Top 200, 2004; Top 100, Top 200, Mini 100, 2002
• International Association of Pastel Societies Grand Prix 'd Pastel, (Best of Show) 2001

“My paintings are not so much statements as they are a series of questions. I make
paintings hoping to learn something. When I do make a successful painting, I know I
won't have discovered some great truth – I never will. But with each painting I become a
little bit more than I was. When it's time to leave on my next journey, I can't say for sure
I'll be a wealthy man. But I will be a rich man.”

Clive Tyler
Clive studied Fine Art and Design and graduated with a BFA. Painting with integrity and seeking the truth in subject matter, his classical oil compositional painting style is unique for soft pastel. With strong composition and attention to light, values and color theory, paintings make an emotional connection. "I wish to share the outdoor experience that I have had with nature and my interpretation as an artist with a representational impressionist point of view. I am painting the experience, not a reproduction of the view."

He is a Master Member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, and is in the Permanent collection at the Booth Museum, Cartersville GA.

About the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
The Taos Art Museum is housed in the studio and home that Nicolai Fechin, a famous Russian painter, built for his family between 1927 and 1933. The home itself is a masterpiece, blending Fechin’s artistic sensibilities with Russian design elements and Southwestern adobe construction.  The museum is dedicated to the art of early twentieth century Taos. 

About the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM)
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) is a professional association of artists dedicated to the business of preserving and promoting painting "en plein air" - in the open air or outdoors. In addition to advancing plein air painting in the tradition of New Mexico's renowned early and mid-20th century artists, PAPNM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together during frequent "paintouts" and hosts juried and open exhibitions of members' work.

For more information about the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, please visit www.taosartmuseum.org or call (575) 758-2690.

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