Arturo Tello

24x24WilcoxFlags
40x60RayDay
36x60MeditationAfterglow
24x36RhodesFlemingtrail
24x36EveningSongThisLandisY
24x36CarpinteriaCoast
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Wilcox Flags, 24x24, oil

Ray Day, 40x60, oil

Meditation Afterglow, oil, 36x60

Rhodes Fleming trail, 24x36, oil

Evening Song This Land is, 24x36, oil

Carpinteria Coast, oil, 24x36

Arturo Painting

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I see the role of the artist not as a dreamer, but as an advocate and activist. I believe that just as the farmer provides sustenance for the body, the landscape painter gathers food for the soul. When I first became a plein-air painter thirty-six years ago, I began a passionate, almost mystical, love affair with the land, particularly the Carpinteria Bluffs and the other Santa Barbara coastal open spaces that were being threatened by development.

Painting landscapes that might soon disappear added a poignant urgency to the activity. Now after some of our “Endangered Landscapes” have been saved for perpetuity, I feel another kind of poignancy when I paint them—an ineffable sense of gratitude for the individuals and organizations that made possible this legacy of natural beauty for future generations. –Arturo Tello

Born in Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico, December 5, 1954
Studied at San Jose State University with M. D. Stewart
Co-founded the O.A.K. group with Ray Strong
www.ArturoTello.com

 

 

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