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Oil Painting Masters of Today

Kevin Macpherson

Kevin Macpherson, one of the country’s leading plein air painters, is highly respected among collectors and fellow artists alike. Past President of the Plein Air Painters of America, Kevin is a popular instructor, guest lecturer, and art jurer throughout the country and abroad. His painting workshops are highly attended, often selling out years in advance. Kevin is sought after as an art judge, curator and speaker around the country.

Now in its ninth printing, Macpherson’s painting instruction book, Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color, has been translated into the Chinese language and has quickly become a best-seller for publisher North Light Books. Kevin's clear, concise teaching method has inspired and directed thousands of plein air painters.

Santa Catalina Island
Oil - 30" x 50"

Born in 1956, Kevin's work is nationally recognized and collected, having attracted the attention of major art collectors, including Roy Rose, the grand-nephew of acclaimed California plein air painter Guy Rose.

Kevin has won numerous national awards, including so many in national Oil Painters of America competitions that he is the first artist in the organization to be elevated from Signature Member status to that of Master Signature Member.

A Good Smoke
Oil - 20" x 16"
Kevin won the Gold Medal for this piece in the Master Signature Division at the 2010 Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibition.

Macpherson excels in his ability to paint all subject matter: landscape, still life, and figurative works. Using spontaneous brushwork and candid color, Kevin's work reveals his interpretive and creative virtuosity. He easily manipulates the elements of an artist’s "visual toolbox" to capture the mood of his subject, whether it be the dramatic light of southern France, the rugged beauty of the California coast, or the brilliance of dappled light through a floral still life.

View Along the Gartemps
Oil - 13" x 18"

Kevin’s work has been featured in many national magazines, Art of the West, Art Talk, U. S. Art, Wildlife Art and gracing the covers of Southwest Art, American Artist, International Artist, and The Artist’s Magazine. Contributing editor to Southwest Art Magazine, author of "The Artist’s Voice, 2000".

In addition to numerous gallery exhibitions, he has shown at the Gilcrease Museum, the Arizona State Capital and the Albuquerque Museum. The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, WY, Carnegie Art Museum, California, and Forbes Museum, New York City, NY.

He has also authored the two books, Landscape Painting - Inside & Out and REFLECTIONS ON A POND, A VISUAL JOURNAL.

Along with his wife, Wanda, and their business partner, Linda Fisler, Kevin launched Artist Mentors Online in 2010. This website provides the information, advice and mentoring artists seek from Kevin on a daily basis.

Kevin now makes his home in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico, merging his influences from years in Arizona with his childhood memories of New Jersey.
Bitten with wanderlust, Kevin and his wife Wanda can be seen
anywhere in the world painting En plein air.

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