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Non-traditional Work Plein
Pinpointing a galvanizing point in my creativity as an artist, I
often come to realize it is actually a life-long process. My experience of
growing up in the American southwest undoubtedly had a strong effect on my
perception of light, form and color. I have nurtured an art career
for 25 plus years while working at the University of New Mexico from 1981 -
retirement in 2006.
am tickled every time someone buys one of my paintings, as it brings me great
pleasure knowing they were captivated by my efforts enough to pay money to
take it with them!
also cherish my interactions with fellow artists and always enjoy another
artist working and sharing their particular current creative success.
Be sure to visit my recent explorations
into abstract art with 6 other artists - we call ourselves The Distractionists.
I have found that the words of Richard Schmid are very relevant to where I am
in my life as an artist. In his book, Alla
Prima, Schmid explains how he prefers to work from life, in one
session, which is called "Direct painting" or alla
prima. I really agree with his thoughts and especially his
simple but eloquent description of what is so appealing to be a painter:
"What 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
R. Schmid. Alla Prima. 1998 Stove Prairie Press, Manchester Center,
Welcome to the art of Jeff Potter.
enjoy your visit. In addition, be sure to visit the numerous art links in and
around New Mexico found on my Links Page
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.
Watercolors. 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.
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.
Oils. 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 or shapes.
Plein Air Working 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.
2013 Artist in Residence
at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO. One of only two
2013 National Weather
Center Biennale, Norman, OK.
2012 Bernalillo County
Water Utility Authority "Waterscapes" Calendar. I had images
on three months in their 2010 calendar.
2009 66th Invitational
Art Exhibit, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah
MasterWorks of New Mexico
Exhibition - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2012, 2013. 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 - 2003
Public Service Company
of New Mexico Calendar (March 2005)
Contact Information -
Your inquiries are welcome...
email:ulinski at unm.edu
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 request an appointment.
I offer an expanding
selection of archived digital reproductions. Please
contact Deborah Ulinski Potter.
Because the artwork by Jeff Potter is under copyright, all commercial use of
images on this website, by another, requires written permission. If you have
been authorized to use Jeff’s artwork
on your website, credit Jeff Potter’s authorship, along with a hyperlink to
this site. Thank you.
updated July 2023