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'The Sky Above Us - Mercurial New Mexico Skies', by Tobi Clement (Guest Artist Series)

  • 7Arts Gallery 125 Lincoln Ave, Suite 110 Santa Fe, NM 87506 USA (map)

Award-winning plein air pastel artist Tobi Clement, paints the expansive landscapes and ethereal quality of light that is only found in New Mexico. She is attracted to the transitory qualities of the skies and sweeping vistas, inspired by their ever-changing light and moods. The immediacy of the pastel medium, amplified by her own boundless energy, allows Tobi to capture the fast-changing effects of light, and the dynamism of the New Mexican skies.

The Sky Above Us will tell visual stories that are inspired by the skies of New Mexico. “Looking up, frees me of mundane distractions and quiets my mind", says Tobi. "It is a gift to feel a connection to something that is a part of, but greater than me, and I hope my work invites the viewer to experience this place of quiet contemplation.”

Tobi explores Northern New Mexico to find locations to paint outdoors, to immerse herself in natural light and color, then uses these smaller studies to inform her studio work. Her energetic mark-making and brilliant palette expertly capture the temperament of this landscape. She says, “I lose myself in the process of painting the ethereal quality of our clouds and skies.”

This local artist has been an active member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico for five years and participated in their annual juried events; the Santa Fe Plein Air Festival and National Members show. She has been juried into National Pastel Society shows throughout the USA. She has been awarded signature membership status with Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Northwest Pastel Society this year.  Southwest Art Magazine featured Tobi as an Artist to Watch in the 2018 May Issue.

Opening reception for The Sky Above Us is on July 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Show runs until the end of July. View more of Tobi's work on her website, and at Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery,