En plein air – “in the open air”
I am a Plein Air Artist working in Rotherham. My studio and gallery is at the ROAR Art Space, but I try to get outside to paint as often as possible to capture the light and scenes of Rotherham.
I run a Plein Air workshop from The Imperial Buildings during the summer and in the winter I run studio workshops and tuition. I also give demonstrations to Art Societies around the region.
I start the day early to catch the morning light, as lighting and colour are at the centre of my art. Unlike a photograph, a scene is captured over a few hours, giving the work a unique feel and atmosphere.
People walking by and saying hello is all part of the interaction with the environment that I am trying to capture.
I have exhibited in London at the Mall Gallery in exhibitions by the RSMA – Royal Society of Marine Artists and Royal Oil Institute, Hull Open Art, Barnsley Open Art and Sheffield Great Art Show amongst others, receiving favourite painting by public vote on many occasion.
I studied BA Fine Art at Sheffield University in my early 20s, but it wasn’t until I visited an exhibition in Doncaster on Modern Impressionists that I moved my work from illustration to Plein Air Art. That was 17 years ago and I have been painting outdoors ever since, building up a collection of work that runs to thousands of canvases.
I have painted in the open air around the world in beautiful landscapes in America, Italy, France, Spain, Northumberland, Cornwall, and the East Coast of England.
My studio and gallery is available for viewing by appointment only as I am often out painting.
“Morning, midday and evening light – everyday” Chris Slater
photography by Scott Engering