By Gavin McCalden
One of the most notable characteristics of Stephen Day’s oil paintings is the glorified portrayal of the Southwest landscape. Utilizing large, partly cloudy skies with minimalist landscapes, he uses the expansive nature of the Southwest to create awe-inspiring landscape paintings.
Born in Sheridan, Wyoming, Day spent much of his childhood living in Santa Fe, NM, Aspen, CO and Durango, CO. He had always had a respect for the unique beauty of the Southwest, but it wasn’t until he became an artist that he knew how to express his reaction to its natural beauty. Now a full time artist living in Taos, NM, Day paints many subjects from life, but landscapes dominate his canvases.
“I paint almost exclusively from life trying to capture the feeling and the mood of the subject before me. This work philosophy forces me to paint quickly to get a spontaneous and fresh response, because everything around us (including ourselves) is in a constant state of change.”
Frequently painting en Plein Air, Day creates many small studies that often follow him back to the studio for use in larger oil paintings. Sunsets provide continual inspiration for Stephen, allowing him to celebrate the landscape around him by capturing a specific moment in time.
“The light of a sunset defines the West and Southwest. The big skies and big horizons provide glorious sunsets almost every night.”
It is from these works that Stephen Day can be said to “Celebrate the southwest”. His use of contrasting use of color and shadow create works that are truly breathtaking and we are happy to represent his work here at Sorrel Sky Gallery.