We recently enjoyed a conversation with Don Dernovich
, who is a member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society. He works in both oils and watercolor, both plein air and in studio.
Don grew up and attended university in Wyoming, where his father taught him to fish and hunt and to respect the land and water. He considers his upbringing the inspiration for his art.
He now lives in Nebraska, where he worked as an art educator after serving two years in the army, attending university in Kansas and working as an illustrator in Colorado. Don spends days in the field, sketching, painting and photographing. This time outdoors familiarizes him with the natural environment necessary in relating an honest and genuine interpretation of the landscape.
"When I feel the painting is getting close to completion, I will set it aside for a period of time. I will put a frame on it to isolate it from outside distractions and again look at it with a fresh eye. In so doing, I am able to detect changes that need to be done. I then ask myself if it is completed or not. This question is a hard one to answer because I feel I could always do more. One reaches a point, however, when he has to say, enough is enough!"
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