Award-winning Utah artist Steven Heward has some intriguing and useful quotes on his website:
“I clearly remember walking home from church and my father asking me what color the mountains were. I told him mostly purple with blues, browns, pinks and grays. He told me that the grays were the most beautiful of all. Another time he asked me “what color is a banana?” Then he showed me all the subtle colors mixed with reflective light.”
“In 1969, I took private oil painting lessons after school from my Junior High School teacher Jerry Durant. There is no finer teaching method for a young mind than the system he used. When I would ask him a question on something I didn’t know how to paint, he would always say, ‘You’re the artist. How are you going to paint it?’”
“When you paint plein air, take in all the colors nature is throwing at you. Absorb as much information as possible and edit out the frivolous, and only paint what is truly important. Simplify and focus on harmonious relationships for stronger paintings. Observe carefully! Minimize the minimal and maximize the maximal!”
Shown here are four of the twenty-one quite distinct versions of Lone Peak on his website.