Monday, February 9, 2009

Shaun Horne

Shaun Horne was brought up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. He graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook with a degree in Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Studio Art. In 1995 he entered the Colorado State University graduate art program and came out as a committed plein air painter. While at CSU, he taught the upper division painting course and discovered he did not want to teach; he wanted to be outside painting.

Shaun estimates that he paints outdoors about 1000 hours a year, making upwards of 50 large-scale realist plein air landscapes in all weather in the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of Utah. Shaun lives with his family in Crested Butte, CO where he and his wife, Dawn Cohen (also a very fine plein air painter), have the Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery.

“Currently my commercially available oil landscapes are working largely to capture and share Earth's beauty. With this function my paintings are essentially consoling to a viewer: this to the extent that beauty is real (it is) and endures any level of scrutiny or skepticism. However one so inclined will notice realist inclusions in subject matter which I hope begin a dialog about apparent, contemporary relationships between humans and Earth.” – Shaun Horne

No comments: