Plein air landscape artist Don Hamilton visits Beaver Creek |

Plein air landscape artist Don Hamilton visits Beaver Creek

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A Colorado native, Don Hamilton’s paintings evoke a strong emotion, the sense of “being there.” Hamilton has traveled extensively throughout Colorado and the west, painting and sharing his personal vision that draws people to his work.

“If someone can view my work and sense the cold, smell the dampness or feel the sun beating down, then I have been successful,” he said.

From as early age Hamilton loved to draw. He would spend hours watching his grandfather, a master stone cutter, work at his craft. Later Hamilton would bring his drawings to his grandfather to be critiqued, all the while learning lessons about design, layout and just plain hard work.

“Having a local artist like Don Hamilton is a wonderful opportunity to showcase local Colorado landscapes at their finest,” said Larissa Wild-Gould, the gallery director. “It’s a great way for those who want to take a slice of Colorado back home with them.”

As a young adult Hamilton studied privately with Joe Brand, a respected wildlife artist and instructor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. During this four-year period Hamilton focused exclusively on wildlife, learning structure, anatomy and strong fundamentals in working with oils. His desire to work from life and to vary his subject matter led him to branch out into other areas and, most importantly, to begin painting outside, “en plein air.”

The exhilaration of standing face to face with the subject, challenged by changing light, unpredictable weather and the need to distill the scene down to its essence continue to be the motivation that drives him to venture out in all types of weather.

“Painting from life, especially outside on location, is critical in learning to see colors, understand value relationships and capture the unique feel of the subject that photographs cannot,” he said.

Hamilton has exhibited in various galleries and shows throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America.

Walt Horton Fine Art is located in Beaver Creek, on the Plaza level of the Hyatt, across from the ice rink. Call 970-949-1660 or visit for more information.

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