A Change of Scenery provides a unique opportunity to experience Bruce Everett’s artistic journey by bringing together important paintings from his earlier career to the present day. Although this exhibition is not a retrospective per se, it includes over thirty years of his artwork. Ever since Everett and his wife decided to move to Templeton from Southern California in 1989, he has produced both plein air studies and studio paintings of the California Central Coast landscape that are in numerous public, private, corporate and museum collections.
Everett explains that his plein air studies keep him in touch with nature, seeming more like a guick glance and a shared memory, while studio paintings, which take much longer to create, allow him to capture more exquisite detail, often adding several transparent layers of what he calls liquid sunshine.
About the Artist
Bruce Everett was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Midwest just north of Chicago. Although showing artistic ability at an early age, he didn’t really start painting until college, where early on he believed in and enjoyed abstraction, but graduated with his MFA as a solid, self-taught realist. After teaching a year at the University of Washington in Seattle, he moved to the Los Angeles area to teach at California State University at Northridge from 1970 to 2005.
By the late 1970s he had become a landscape painter and by the early 1980s he began introducing more sensual and emotional elements of painterly brushwork into his photo referenced landscapes. Eventually he also taught himself, through observation of nature and the study of past masters of plein air painting, to paint on location. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, throughout Southern California, San Francisco, Seattle, Oregon, Connecticut and Texas during his successful career.
Image: Bruce Everett, Sand Canyon Road