Plein Air Painting

What Is Plein Air Painting?

Simply put - painting outdoors, on location

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid 19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to Impressionism.  The popularity of painting en Plein Air increased in the 1870’s with the introduction of paints in tubes.

There is a fresh resurgence of Plein Air painting. Oregon painters are especially lucky to have such a wide diversity of landscape to paint. Our particular area of Oregon boasts of beautiful river regions with lush fields, forests, mountains, and wildlife. Not to mention the local Yaquina Bay that’s always busy with fishing vessels and ocean wildlife, as well as the diverse beaches of the Central Oregon Coast.

This year, we are pleased to host our 5th Annual Toledo Plein Air Event. As more information becomes available, we’ll post it here.  Please visit our Call for Artists page for information about registration. Please feel free to pass this along to all of your artist friends.

Juror of Awards Photo

Meet This Year's Juror of Awards

Dee Boyles

Dee Boyles, a natural Oregonian, found his passion within the wild landscapes of the West. Although raised along the North Umpqua River, Dee has explored and lived in numerous locations along the West Coast including Alaska and California. He now has taken up permanent residence in McMinnville, Oregon.

As a graphic designer and illustrator his work has won numerous international and national awards and has been featured in many publications including Print Magazine, Society of Publication Design Annuals, and International Newspaper Design Annuals.

Painting landscapes is now Dee's full-time passion.

"I love being surrounded by the experience of natural forces: the light and shadow, the silence and the racket, the stillness and the perpetual activity, the random events and the casual orders, the earthy essences and the sublime spiritualness."

Dee has participated in many juried exhibitions and plein air events winning a number of awards. In addition to creating artwork he has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Portland, Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, and Anchorage Community College. He was also a full-time instructor at the University of Alaska.

Dee Boyles is a member of the Oil Painters of America. He was the founding president of the Alaskan Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists. He is currently affiliated with Gallery 5 in McMinnville and is represented by Earthwood Galleries in Boulder and Denver Colorado.