Plein air painter George Coll visits Walt Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek
VAIL CO, Colorado
Artist George Coll has two llamas he lovingly calls “the boys.” They act aloof, but love to pack his painting and camping gear into the high country of Colorado and Wyoming. Each summer they go into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming or the Colorado wilderness areas on the continental divide to capture the essence of Western plein air paintings.
When asked about how he got his start as a painter Coll replies, “I always believed I had the ability to draw, which is the foundation of my desire to paint.” Coll started painting with watercolors in 1986 at the Denver Art Students League. In 1998, he started focusing on oil painting.
Coll is known for his landscape “road trips,” taking him often to neighboring states to capture a three-hour segment of light. He enjoys surprising his painting companions by taking impromptu excursions that often end in the neighboring state of Wyoming.
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 http://www.walthortonfineart.com for more information.