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"Don Bishop: Northwest Landscapes"
2007-01-01 until 2007-01-31
Lawrence Gallery Sheridan
Sheridan, OR, USA United States of America

Lawrence Gallery will feature work by Pacific Northwest artist Don Bishop during the month of January at the gallery's Sheridan location on Highway 18, midway between McMinnville and Sheridan. A show opening reception, open to the public, will be held Sunday, January 7, from 2 to 4 PM. Heavily influenced by the Early California Plein Air Impressionist style, Don Bishop intuitively paints the beauty of the Northwest landscape. Bishop views his work as a continual growth process, steering him to take a fresh approach towards a traditional artistic style.

As Don Bischop's work evolves, Bishop identifies a strong influence from the tonalist, impressionist, and Hudson River School of thought. His work is described as a soothing dance between romanticism and the impressionist movement.

Don Bishop has been painting in the Northwest for many years, and enjoys creating paintings with magical scenery and light that makes this such a beautiful area. Spring and summer months often find Bishop painting outside in the plein air style, while the winter months bring mostly studio work. The majority of Bishop's work is in oils, but he also paint in acrylics from time to time.

Bishop's roots in painting are influenced by the Early California Plein Air Impressionist style. Originally from Southern California, he attended art school at California State University Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Art. Seeing many of the Early California Plein Air paintings at various museums and galleries had a major influence on the development of Bishop's style.

Other painting influences include the tonalist style and the Hudson River School. He especially enjoys the work of George Innes, Franz Bischoff, William Wendt, and Maurice Braun.

As his work evolves, he sees his paintings becoming a hybrid of the tonalist, impressionist, and Hudson River School influences. His artistic goal is to follow in the footsteps of the early masters, creating paintings that capture the qualities of light and color of the early impressionist movement.

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