Plein air painter visits Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek Saturday |

Plein air painter visits Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek Saturday

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Colorado native Don Hamilton’s paintings evoke a strong emotion, giving the viewer 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.

Artist Don Hamilton will be painting in residence at the Horton Fine Art gallery in Beaver Creek today throughout the day.

“At the Horton Fine Art gallery we love artists who are passionate about portraying the amazing beauty of the Colorado outdoors and creating ‘meditative windows’ of that grandeur,” said Gallery Director Simone Crotzer. “Any client living in a hectic city can a have a visual reminder of the pastoral beauty available around here.”

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. It was not until he was older that Hamilton realized the lessons he was learning about design, layout and just plain hard work. He also recognizes the strong work ethic instilled in him by his father, who taught Hamilton the importance of commitment to excellence.

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.

Hamilton’s 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 the 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,” Hamilton said.

An award winning artist, Hamilton has exhibited in various galleries and shows throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Denver Arts Student League.

For further information, contact Horton Fine Art at 970-949-1660.

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