I love beautiful landscapes. I love looking at them whether in person, as a photograph, or as a painting (and probably in many other media, as well). Since discovering new artists is something that I love, I thought I would share some of my favorite landscape artists with you as well. I’ll link to each artist’s site or a gallery that carries their work. Here they are, in no particular order. Let’s go!
If you love photography in the vein of Ansel Adams, you will love Dorothy Kerper Monnelly’s work. Her images are pristine, precise, and expansive. She also has two books out. For My Daughters is her most recent, filled with her mother’s poetry and her photographs. It’s a moving homage to a great poet by a great photographer and to a great mother from a loving daughter. Her other book is The Great Marsh. If you want a picture of an important part of the New England landscape, you can find it here.
T.M. Nicholas is an oil painter of the Rockport School of Art. He is also the son of landscape painter Tom Nicholas, with whom he shares a gallery in Rockport, MA. His New England landscapes are some of my favorites, but his work is fabulous no matter which part of the country it depicts (like in the picture above). I met him a few years back and when I found out what he did, I looked up his work. I was so much in awe of it, that I couldn’t talk to him the next few times I saw him. It was sort of like a celebrity sighting, you know? Luckily, I got over it. His work makes me wish I had good money to spend on fabulous art or the skills to trade for some fabulous art. Guess I’d better work on my sewing, huh?
I’ve seen Julia Purinton’s work in exhibitions several times, and I’m always struck by the luminosity of it. Looking at photos of her work online doesn’t truly do it justice (as with all of these artists). There is a real depth and light in her landscapes that isn’t fully captured by technology.
After living in New England for several years, I decided to start a small art fund, so that someday, when I found a painting of the marshes that I loved, I could buy it. Then one summer, at an art fair, I found the perfect painting called View from Farnhams. It was by Pamela Turnbull. (The above painting is similar to mine, but is not the same one.)
I discovered this painting several years ago and jokingly put it on my Christmas “wish list”. It perfectly captures New England on the brink of spring. His work is stunning. I was telling Tom (T.M.) Nicholas about how fabulous it was and, guess what? They’re friends! It was almost like a double celebrity sighting (except that I’ve never seen Tom Hughes, but maybe we can just pretend). :) Sadly, no one has yet bought this artwork for me. Maybe someday…
Caspar David Friedrich’s work is moody, mysterious, and romantic. I love the drama in his paintings. His “Wanderer Above the Sea of Mists” was always my vision of Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff returning to Wuthering Heights in her book Wuthering Heights.
Who can talk about landscapes without talking about Ansel Adams? His work is unparalleled. He captures light, dark, and all the gradations in between with unwavering clarity. When I was in the ninth grade, he inspired me to want to become a photographer (these days I can’t seem to stick to one medium, but I still love to take pictures).
We don’t have time and space now to visit the many other talented landscape artists I’ve found, so maybe we’ll return to this again, buy you can always visit my Pinterest page and look in the Art board if you’d like to see more of my favorites.