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‘Powder and Ice’ paintings of skiers on display in Vail

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Who: Artist Jeff Desautels ski paintings art show with artist in attendance.

Where: Cogswell Gallery, 223 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More information: Call 970-476-1769 or http://www.cogswellgallery.com.

VAIL — In honor of the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championship, skiing enthusiast Jeff Desautels created an entire art exhibit dedicated to the two sides of skiing. The diverse show, on display at Cogswell Gallery in Vail, features a range of skiers, from powder skiers charging through the trees to ski racers carving through the gates.

Desautels, a Colorado artist, uses his oil paintings to bring the viewer directly into his favorite setting, the ski mountain. While many of his paintings are pure landscapes, Desautels has recently been focusing on what he calls “action paintings,” featuring skiers.

“I try to convey some of the sense of movement, peace and solitude that a good run can offer,” Desautels said.

Desautels exclusively uses palette knives to create a rich, buttery texture. This texture helps capture the movement and energy of the skiers highlighted in many of his pieces.

After attending the U.S. Naval Academy and serving in nuclear submarines, Desautels attended Yale Law School. He spent 21 years practicing environmental law before devoting himself full time to art. It was skiing and the mountains that originally drew him to Colorado more than 30 years ago.

Stop by Cogswell Gallery Friday and Saturday for an exhibition of new works by painter Jeff Desautels. Chat with the artist and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

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