Artist of the moment…. Tonalist painter Russell Chatham….



This artist was born in 1939 and spent much of his early life in Carmel  Valley, California. He was inspired by his grandfather, Gotardo Piazzoni, a well known and collected 20th century landscape painter. The artist inherited his grandpa’s easel and paintbox and still uses them.

The artist was mainly self taught but likes to work on very large pieces. In Bozeman at the Museum of the Rockies, he was commissioned to do a 14 feet by 10 feet of the Missouri River and like a previous post he used multiple vantage points in making this large panoramic piece. The artist I was referring to was Rackstraw Downes.

He is a painter, lithographer, and writer. He has been featured in such magazines as Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and the Outdoor Life.

Loves to fly fish and now lives and has a gallery producing posters, prints, and lithographs in Livingston, Montana.

Finishes less than 10 very large paintings per year.

As an artist I enjoy the way this painter controls his colors and catches the emotional impact of the The Big Sky Country. And also his diversity as an artist producing works that are not only great originals but make great prints  and posters as well.

Try a landscape using only the primary colors as your base.

Try a landscape today! And to make it more moody than realistic blend all the edges and gray down all your colors!

I guess his studio closed earlier in August around the 16th so no luck for getting a lithograph direct from the artist. Below is a 3 minute clip about the artist.



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