Linda Gerdenich
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January 1, 2013
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Anne Byard: Enjoying the fresh air

SNOWMASS VILLAGE --"I find plein air painting immensely satisfying since I prefer to breathe fresh air as opposed to studio fumes," says Anne Byard, one of the seven artists whose work is on display at the Villas at the Snowmass Club Welcome Center. One drawback, however, is the sun, bugs and finding a good location to set it all up.

"I love to select a quiet spot where I can bring my dog, a thermos of tea and paint undisturbed," Byard adds.

Byard starting painting after an enthusiastic painter friend pressured her for years to join her in painting outdoors. Four years ago, she finally relented, and the excitement began. Byard paints almost every day except when she's teaching yoga.

Artists that give her inspiration include Jill Sukoup, Jill Carver and Len Chemeil. She admires their use of color and their free and loose brushstrokes. Byard takes workshops all over the world with some of her favorite painters. It's a great opportunity for both she and her husband to enjoy time together and vacation as well. She frequently finds remote country roads, rustic shacks and buildings to paint.

"In general I would rather paint a stone than a vista unless there is an additional element that brings interest to the scene," Byard said.

Her pieces in the En Plein Air show are titled "Alley Cats," "Colorado-Style Storage," "CO Barns and

Cabins," "Dark Day in Rico, CO," and "Crazy Shack"I find plein air painting immensely satisfying since I prefer to breathe fresh air as opposed to studio fumes," says Anne Byard, one of the seven artists whose work is on display at the Villas at the Snowmass Club Welcome Center. One drawback, however, is the sun, bugs and finding a good location to set it all up.

"I love to select a quiet spot where I can bring my dog, a thermos of tea and paint undisturbed," Byard adds.

Byard starting painting after an enthusiastic painter friend pressured her for years to join her in painting outdoors. Four years ago, she finally relented, and the excitement began. Byard paints almost every day except when she's teaching yoga.

Artists that give her inspiration include Jill Sukoup, Jill Carver and Len Chemeil. She admires their use of color and their free and loose brushstrokes. Byard takes workshops all over the world with some of her favorite painters. It's a great opportunity for both she and her husband to enjoy time together and vacation as well. She frequently finds remote country roads, rustic shacks and buildings to paint.

"In general I would rather paint a stone than a vista unless there is an additional element that brings interest to the scene," Byard said.

Her pieces in the En Plein Air show are titled "Alley Cats," "Colorado-Style Storage," "CO Barns and Cabins," "Dark Day in Rico, CO," and "Crazy Shacks and Barn." Those titles really convey her artistic passion and style.

Other artists represented in the En Plein Air Show are curator Georgeann Waggaman, Mike Otte, Sue Tatem, Michael Kinsley, Lyn Hemley and David Notor. The Villas Welcome Center is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. All pieces, in a variety of sizes, are for sale at moderate prices.


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