could be more wonderful than the life of a painter?
Beyond the usual necessities of life, we live out
our days needing nothing more than a box of paints,
some brushes, and something to paint on. We
have no boss, employees, or financial backers.
We don't require a performance hall, a publisher, a
film studio, a foundry, or for that matter, even a
gallery. All we need is a continual passion
for what we are doing, and a reasonable amount of
evidence along the way that we are accomplishing
Alla Prima. 1998 Stove Prairie Press, Manchester
Welcome to the art of Jeff Potter.
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Artistic Media and Perceptions
So far in my artistic journey I have explored numerous media with which to create. The work on this web site includes pastel, oil and watercolor. Each technique offers magical effects as well as other characteristics best suited for the intended subject. Watercolors and pastels both work well in my plein air, or on-site pieces representing effects of outdoor light and atmosphere. Oils and larger pastels are done in my studio in Alameda, New Mexico.
Although I am by no means an impressionist in the classical sense, my watercolors do capture the immediacy of my experience on site. They are usually 12" x 16" and smaller.
There has been an upsurge in interest in pastels due in part to remarkable new products. I have utilized hard and soft pastels on a variety of papers: charcoal, watercolor, and sanded papers. Pastel is pure pigment, the same pigment used in making all fine art paints, has no liquid binder and thus is the most permanent of all media.
A medium that offers interplay of pigments and strokes
and its flowing liquidity is in essence frozen in time.
Each of these media I've mentioned allow differing
windows to the viewer on my perceptions of light, color
and depth. Finally, depth in my landscapes is an
important component. I utilize exaggerated atmospheric
clarity to enhance the perception of distance. Another
vehicle for depth is through composition: a viewer's eye
movement is led into the drawing along landscape lines
on-site outdoors is one of my favorite ways of working,
demanding intense observation, keen eye to clean methods
and trying to narrow down the visual stimulation.
Probably 40% of my work over the last 20 years has been
and continues to be done Plein Air.
Having both artistically-talented and very supportive parents no doubt nurtured my own interests in art. Looking back at saved examples of my childhood drawings shows an early interest and dedication, and I do remember loving to draw. Several teachers were most encouraging, and awards in competitions combined with education helped to build my self-esteem. I attended the University of New Mexico to study both Science and Art and received degrees in Fine Art and Biology in 1977. Developing a portfolio and style characterized the time from graduation until my first one-man exhibition in Santa Fe, NM in 1984. The focus of my interpretation that began to emerge was an environmental awareness theme paralleling the strong wilderness themes of the 1980s. I had a another one-man exhibition at the University of Georgia Institute of Ecology in 1985, which educated me at being a professional artist. I have since then focused on establishing a niche for myself in the crowded New Mexico arts community. Since 1986 I have received numerous awards for work in a variety of media. I also have accepted a range of painting commissions. My original work hangs in private and public art collections such as Eye Associates of New Mexico and the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico.
Artist in Residence at Canyons of the Ancients
National Monument, CO. One of only two artists
National Weather Center Biennale, Norman, OK.
Water Utility Authority "Waterscapes" Calendar.
I had images on three months in their 2010
2009 66th Invitational Art Exhibit, Southern Utah
University, Cedar City, Utah
MasterWorks of New Mexico Exhibition - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006,
Honorable Mention Award in 2008.
Pastel Society of
New Mexico Signature Member Shows at 2006, 2008,
2010, 2012, 2013
One-person show at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Hospital Art Gallery
Public Service Company of New Mexico Calendar (March
Contact Information -
Your inquiries are welcome...
tel: (505) 897-8621
write: Deborah Potter
1019 Guadalupe Ct., N.W.
Alameda, NM 87114-2325
If you'd like to see Jeff's work, please email or call in advance to set up an appointment.