Featured Artist Don Borie

Artist Don Borie creates plein air paintings in oil and pastel. By focusing on light, shadow and contrast, he captures the drama and presence of the landscape. Visit his website to see more of his work.

 

“Silver River Fall” Oil, 11” x 14” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Silver River Fall” Oil, 11” x 14”

 

After a career in graphic design and illustration serving advertisers, I am fulfilling my deep desire to paint the subjects I choose. My favorite is plein air painting.

 

“Fashion Tree” Pastel, 12” x 18” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fashion Tree” Pastel, 12” x 18”

 

Being outdoors in the fresh air on location provides a feel of immediacy—the stage is already set. The play of light on a chosen subject is most often the motivation for each painting. My interpretation of the scene becomes my style of art.

 

“Verde Valley” Oil, 28” x 2” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Verde Valley” Oil, 28” x 22”

 

Oil paints have become my medium of choice because of their buttery depth and good drying time. After I get an impression of the scene, I quickly draw a thumbnail sketch or study of how I want to portray this idea on canvas.

 

“Canyon Light” Oil, 39” x 29” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Canyon Light” Oil, 39” x 29”

 

Then, with intense observation, brush with selected color in hand, I begin developing this image on canvas. I call my style illustrative impressions because I wish to capture the spirit of the subject and still be realistic.

 

“Sweet Peas” Oil, 15” x 18” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sweet Peas” Oil, 15” x 18”

 

Subjects that catch my eye can be anything from light on a tree trunk to a grand vista of mountain, only simplified. Water with its fluid nature of ripples, swirls, reflections, and transparency often pulls me in for a closer look.

 

“Tuscawilla Grace” Oil, 12” x 9” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Tuscawilla Grace” Oil, 12” x 9”

 

Outdoor painting can be overwhelming with so much to choose from, so it is important for the artist to focus on a page rather than the book.

 

“Micanopy Curve” Oil, 12” x 9” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Micanopy Curve” Oil, 12” x 9”

 

My current series of artwork is about the ever-changing stories of clouds. They are so different, from the drama and beauty of a warm sunrise coloring a puffy cumulus cloud, or a bright afternoon cloud backdrop for a soaring eagle, or a darkened water-ladened cloud framing the contrast of a bright, golden cloud.

 

“Sunrise” Oil, 24” x 20” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sunrise” Oil, 24” x 20”

 

Sometimes, at night, lingering storm clouds produce sudden drama in cloud to cloud lightning flashes followed by thundering booms. Each day can develop a new skyward drama!

 

“Eagle Scout” Oil, 12” x 12” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Eagle Scout” Oil, 12” x 12”

 

For me, subject matter for art can spotlight an overlooked simple viewpoint. For example—sunlit wildflowers amongst shadowed surroundings can tell a story quite well or the grace of a gliding white egret over a calm pond reflects a peaceful surrounding.

 

“Drama over Lake” Oil, 12” x 12” by artist Don Borie. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Drama over Lake” Oil, 12” x 12”

 

Contrast, mood, thought, power, and beauty can each or all be part of a strong piece of art.

 

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Comments

  1. These are very gorgeous depictions of landscapes and scenery.

  2. Dear Don Borie,
    Your landscapes are executed powerfully and dramatically.
    Congratulations on your amazing art.
    “Grate Wishes,” from “The Manhole Artist.”

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