Don Brackett and PJ Garoutte
Friday, June 30, 5:00 – 7:30
225 Canyon Road
Taos artist Don Brackett is a third-generation New Mexican who has spent a lifetime painting the quiet, timeless villages and harsh, monumental landscapes of the sparsely populated state.
Brackett attended the University of New Mexico as a fine arts major and studied under painter Kenneth Adams, an associate of Taos Founders Andrew Dasburg and Walter Ufer, and the last member elected to the Taos Society of Artists - which put the art colony on the map around the turn of the 19th century.
Brackett loves painting with oils; seduced by their juicy, textural quality. He became a member of the Society of American Impressionists and in 1992 won first place and $10,000 cash in the Best of the Sangres show in Pueblo, Colorado.
Brackett and Garoutte moved to Taos from Albuquerque in 1988 and have enjoyed a rare 35-year marriage and artistic partnership, influencing and challenging each other’s work. For years, he and Garoutte painted on site in New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri and California in their van that allowed them to work while sheltered by the weather.
The couple painted in France, Italy, Mexico and Hawaii. He fully exploits the possibilities of oils, which he marries with Impressionism in rich, sometimes daringly thick brushstrokes.
“Complexity within simplicity” is the motto PJ Garoutte uses as she approaches her paintings. She says, “I love simple images juxtaposed to a vibrantly complex background, or vice versa. I spend a lot of time visualizing my paintings before and after I paint them.”
PJ’s paintings evolve into representational images as she expands the forms that emerge. “My paintings are a diary of my everyday life; there has been a continuous dialogue between myself and my works of art my whole life.”
The paintings of Monet and Matisse inspired PJ to pursue an art career. The wildflowers of the Missouri roadside, the oak woods of her home and the irises from her Mother’s gardens have fed her imagination for a lifetime.
Garoutte moved to New Mexico in 1967, where she currently lives and paints the landscape.