SNOWMASS VILLAGE --David Notor, currently on exhibit at the Villas at Snowmass Club Welcome Center (across the street from the Snowmass Club) is a perfect example of someone who showed artistic talent at a very young age but never applied it until much later. Ten years ago, while traveling with his wife to Santa Fe, a fire was lit after going to several Canyon Road galleries.
"I really was inspired by a pastel artist there, and I started just painting again," smiles Notor.
Notor studied commercial art at Colorado Institute of Art after high school but never finished. Like many art students, he gave up his passion. His life then followed the path of just a regular worker bee. He worked a variety of jobs from grocery to landscaping to property management. During that time he dabbled in art and music. "Playing bluegrass music starting back in the '80s kinda just led right into art," Notor says.
Fast forward to now and Notor's love of painting landscapes for the past 10 years. His favorite piece in this show is titled "Winter Stream," a pastel on sanded board with an oil wash underpainting. "I start with a sketch on a sanded board and then wash it down with oil or watercolor," he says. "Next I apply soft pastels when it drys."
Notor, like many of the artists in this show, prefers to paint in the Roaring Fork Valley. Painting with the ever-challenging light is a real sense of satisfaction.
"I used to paint in watercolor and acrylic but now find painting in pastel and oil gives me much more freedom," Notor says. "To create a piece of art, it must have good design, a variety of color and a complement to Mother Nature in an impressionistic way without it looking like a photo."
Other artists represented in the En Plein Air show are: Georgeann Waggaman, curator; Mike Otte; Sue Tatem; Michael Kinsley; Anne Byard; and Lyn Hemley. 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.
For additional information, call 970-923-0391or 970-274-2478