“These are all paintings done on location in various areas around Sheridan Wyoming. I love to paint in Plein Air to study light, atmosphere and the natural colors that provide so much inspiration and painting knowledge of the natural world. I love to observe the changing moving light at the same time every day at the same location. The 6 small oil paintings of the Sunrise at The Third Cut Ranch were all painted starting at 6:00am and lasting about an hour each for 6 days straight.
Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico. His inherited connection to the colorful and historic Southwest as well as seeing the Taos Society of Artists works as a young boy was the catalyst for his art career. He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1983 and continued his art education at the newly founded Arts Students League of Denver starting in 1987. Lorenzo and his wife Dolores currently live in Parker, Colorado.
Chavez has been an active professional fine artist for 35 years He participates in many national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America at The National Arts Club in New York City, Artists of America Show in Denver, Plein Air Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, Albuquerque Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Butler Art Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Brinton Museum, The Booth Museum, The Yellowstone Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Art Museum, The Steamboat Art Museum, The Taos Art Museum, The Laguna Art Museum, Cape Cod Art Museum, The Leigh Yawke Museum, Hockaday Art Museum Montana, Yellowstone Art Museum, Colorado History Museum, Artist of the West Exhibitions- Featured Artist Pioneer Museum Colorado Springs, A.R.Mitchell Museum, Coors Western Art Show in Denver, Trailside Galleries, Legacy Gallery and Settlers West Gallery, Blue Rain Gallery, Invitationals. In addition, he was featured in a successful one-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum. He has participated successfully in several C.M. Russell Art Auctions and Coeur d’Alene Art Auctions. His work is featured in articles in Southwest Art, Artists of the West, Pastel Journal, American Artist, and Art-Talk. Books include Pure Pastel 1&2, Pratique de Arts France, Colorado Landscapes.
Chavez was raised in Albuquerque and has an affection for the surrounding vicinity. He has many fond memories of time spent hiking and running in these areas and feels that it was a major influence in his decision to become a landscape painter.
His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter. He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, The Russell Art Auction.
Numerous Pastel Societies Across the United States. Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artists of the West Pioneer Museum.
Chavez is an active member of. Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Past Signature member of The Plein Air Painters of America, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the California Art Club Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, and the Pastel Society of Spain.
Chavez’s work is featured in six galleries in the United States and is included in many prominent Private National and International, Corporate, University, and Museum Collections such as The Western History Collection in the Denver Public Library, Hockaday Art Museum Montana Koshare Museum in La Junta Colorado nationally and internationally.