LIFE WAS SIMPLER THERE, in the little Ohio village of Hanover in Licking County, where Lou Armentrout was raised. Swimming in the river, roaming the green hills of Ohio, Lou fell in love with nature; from the beginning its beauty was his passion. Capturing it in art has been his life long quest.
Getting a B.F.A. in art education from Ohio U. in 1971 and a M.F.A. from Ohio State U. in art education in 1977 taught him a great deal, but not about painting nature. As a teacher for thirty-five years, he nurtured his students’ love of beauty. In addition he taught himself by collecting. Amassing hundreds of paintings (mostly historic Ohio Impressionists), he found in their content, some of the unspoiled beauty of his youth. From their style, he has formed his own: one filled with light and color.
When he moved to California, he fell in love all over again but more. His love expanded when he became a docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum. California is GOLDEN in so many different ways! His happy heart is flourishing in the brightness; his paintings are becoming even richer in color, radiant with California light.
They’ve become more spiritual as well. Sensing MEANING in the Universe, Lou now makes each of his paintings a kind of meditation, a calm, warm place where you can go. He hopes his paintings enrich your inner self. He wants them to STRENGTHEN THE QUEST FOR PEACE. ...