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James Navarro

Medium: Paint

Booth #: LS35

Artist bio: James Navarro is a contemporary Impressionist painter working out of Des Moines, Iowa. His paintings focus on color and light; trying to capture the essence, the mood, of what he sees.
“My inspiration for most of my work is nature, being outdoors either urban or rural and just creating in that moment. I paint in the movement of en Plein Air, which is French meaning “painting in the open air” outdoors. Like the Impressionists I try and go out twice a week somewhere in the Des Moines metro, set up my easel and see what happens.”
James has been accepted into the 2022 Door County Plein Air Invitational with 35 of the nation’s finest artists participating in this year’s festival. These artists represent the breadth and scope of contemporary plein air painting from across the U.S. Navarro is the only Iowa painter representing the state respectfully.
During the month of July, James will be a resident artist at the 5500 acre White Rock Conservancy. His primary focus will be documenting the Iowa landscapes with it’s flora and fauna through painting studies and journals.
In addition to his large canvases James has painted even bigger in scale and size with multiple murals around the Midwest including works for the Iowa State Fair, Holmes Murphy, Winterset, and the City of Johnston.
Navarro is represented by Liz Lidgett Gallery located in the Des Moines’s Historic East Village.

Artist Statement: My recent studio work is based off of plein air field and color studies, painted directly outdoors from either urban or rural landscapes. With this information I create large textured canvas paintings applying heavy bodied acrylics using both palette knives and brushes.

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