Since 1984 SmithKlein Art Gallery has been Boulder’s premier fine art gallery. Located on the historic Pearl Street Mall, the 2800 square foot gallery exists to provide enrichment through art. Smithklein carries some of the most distinguished artists in the country. There is such a wide variety of artists and styles that one never tires of exploring the different media, from paintings and large sculptures to art jewelry and glass.
Dean Bradshaw is True to Nature
“Painting directly from nature means the world to me. It opens up new dimensions in the way I see light and color and deepens my appreciation for nature and life as a whole,” explains Bradshaw.
Known for his strong textures and saturated colors, Bradshaw makes up his own hues, often heightening them, yet remains true to nature. He begins each piece with a pencil sketch to ensure the design is pleasing. From there he applies thick layers of paint while referring to his photos in editing the composition.
“When I come across a scene it’s because of its strong design element and dramatic lighting. I like to do deep aspen interiors, because the range of subtle colors makes an overall unified harmonious painting,” notes Bradshaw. “It takes a lot of driving and hiking to find that one great scene.”