Meet The Artist During First Friday Gallery Walk and Plein Air–Easton!
Troika Gallery in Easton, Maryland will feature a solo show by nationally acclaimed oil painter Roger Dale Brown for the month of July. Brown will give an Artist Talk on July 1 at 7pm during an opening reception, held during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. He will also present a demonstration on July 23 at 3pm during Plein Air–Easton! and conduct a workshop July 28-30.
Brown, who is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, is a prolific artist who spends countless hours, both in his studio and on location, capturing sights and scenery throughout America with his style of expressive realism. He is also known for his evocative figurative and still life works. An ardent outdoorsman, he has traveled and studied across the United States, and says his paintings are inspired by his travels, combined with his love of history, nature and architecture.
Brown began his career in California, painting murals in the homes of elite Los Angeles celebs and television business executives. His career as a painter began relatively late in life, at age 38, when he decided to become a fine artist. He returned to Nashville and painted furiously (“To make up for lost time,” he says.) while also becoming an avid student of art, taking classes and practicing fundamentals and techniques he learned by reading every art book he could get his hands on.
Brown has studied and been trained in the Impressionist style of painting. He studied with notable artists Scott L. Christensen, Everett Raymond Kinstler, George Strickland, and Dawn Whitelaw, who became his mentor. From this training, he has developed his own approach, which he describes as “Expressive Realism,” in which he strives to capture the essence of the scene. He has an exceptional ability to capture atmosphere in his paintings, and says his goal is “to create a painting that makes the viewer feel they have stepped into a different day, and understand the mood and beauty of that day.”
Brown actively participates in professional art organizations, including the National Arts Club, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Painters, and Oil Painters of America, of which he is a signature member. He regularly participates in solo shows, national exhibitions, and paint-outs. He conducts plein air workshops through prestigious art galleries and arts organizations. His work can be found in private collections throughout the country, and his clients include many well-known celebrities and major corporations.
Brown has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Many of his paintings have won awards in prestigious exhibitions. Honors include the Gold Medal of Honor for the Hudson Valley Art Association at the National Arts Club in New York, and Best of Show for the 39th Annual Central South Juried Art Exhibit. Brown conducts workshops throughout the country, teaching a variety of subjects, including plein air painting in urban and rural settings, still life, and landscape studio painting.
Brown has published Images of the South, the first in a series of four books, each one celebrating a different region of the United States. He has also contributed to instructional art books published by International Artist. National and regional publications across the country, including American Artist, American Art Collector, and The Artist’s Magazine, have featured articles about Brown and his work.
Roger Dale Brown was juried in to all seven years (2005-2011) of the prestigious Plein Air–Easton! national competition. He won Honorable Mentions in 2005 and 2009 with “Docked Before the Storm” and “Sunset Over the Miles,” respectively; Third Place in 2008 with “Classics at Dock,” and the Academy Purchase Award in 2008 with “Morning at Rich Neck Manor.” He has regularly conducted demonstrations during the festival.
This year’s demonstration, “Capturing Atmosphere Plein Air Style,” will be held at Troika Gallery on July 23, from 3-5pm. Brown will demonstrate how he paints the humidity, reflective and refractive light, as the sun sets over a marsh. He will also explain his technique and thought process throughout the painting process.
Artists can take these lessons a step further by attending a three-day on-location workshop instructed by Roger Dale Brown through Troika Gallery, July 29-31, with an orientation at the gallery on the evening of July 28. Brown will help participating artists learn to improve and develop their work during plein air sessions amidst diverse landscapes of beautiful Talbot County, including landscapes and marine scenes.
Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison St. in downtown Easton, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday by appointment. For more information, call 410.770.9190 or visit www.troikagallery.com.
“Pier Twilight” 48×48 oil painting by Roger Dale Brown, OPA