Wandering the Colorado Plateau on Display at Gallery East

Pictured: Remembered Earth


Exhibit April 4 - 22

The landscapes of the area known as The Colorado Plateau have been a source of endless inspiration for creating and a spirit lifting and mind nourishing terrain.

As a young painter searching for inspiring landscapes to sketch and experience, I began to explore this region and it never failed to provide more inspiration than many other areas. I love the timeless feeling, the bare bones of the exposed good earth and the vast wide-open spaces, the endless sky and mysterious and compelling canyons and dry washes. When sketching I Immerse myself in beauty, I think creatively, and take a brief hiatus from the demands of everyday life, I am fully present in that place and that moment, I see, study and notice things that I perhaps did not notice before. Sketching raises my awareness; and it is pleasurable now because I have learned to enjoy the experience and the process of creating more than any preconceived outcome.

I feel rejuvenated and at peace here in the Colorado Plateau region, I feel inspired to share my love of this place. Grand vistas and small dry washes, sagebrush and pine are all equally influences for creating. While painting the landscape from life, I began to remember that I am not separate from nature, that as a human, I belong not just to a human society but equally to nature and of the more than human world. I do not just view natures power and beauty from the outside, I am one of it, It is here amongst nature and surrounded by this place of wonder that I am most conscience of being. And it is here that I am uplifted and inspired to love and create.

The night sky and dawn and dusk leave me with a feeling of another dimension  and a connectedness to timelessness and everlasting, and for that I am grateful to be alive to feel, create and love.

Lorenzo Chavez

Lorenzo ChavezLorenzo Chavez was born and raised in the southern most point of the Rockies in New Mexico. His first inspirations and foundation as a young artist were formed by the local landscape and the art history in New Mexico. Lorenzo now makes his home in Parker, Colorado and uses this location as a base to travel and paint the American West and Southwest. Using pastel and oil mediums, his hope is to carry on the art traditions of American painters such as the Taos Society of Artists and the American Impressionists.

USU Eastern’s Gallery East is located in the Central Instruction Building and its exhibits are free and open to the public during the academic year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed weekends and holidays. The gallery observes COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings and a limit of 10 people in the gallery at one time.

Contact Noel Carmack, at 435-613-5241, or email noel.carmack@usu.edu for any questions about the exhibit.

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