Artist Damien M. Gonzales

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Damien Gonzales is a self-taught artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He paints in oils and concentrates on landscapes. Damien divides his time between painting outdoors and in the studio. Outdoors he enjoys the spontaneity required to quickly capture the essence of a place, the most accurate color and value information possible and other transient elements that are present only for an hour or two, at most. The paintings he completes in the field are sometimes framed and shown as they are when he leaves a location or used to produce additional paintings back in the studio. 
Damien is influenced by many artists and styles but particularly enjoys representational works and aspects of impressionism that impart more sublime qualities to paintings. Damien’s engineering background informs the technical aspects of his work. He has participated in national competitions and exhibits such as Plein Air Telluride, In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran at Zion National Park,  American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.  His artwork has garnered numerous awards, with over a dozen being 'Best of Show' or '1st Place'. Damien has also judged several events.  He even traveled to Spain to compete in a Plein Air event in Andalucia.  Southwest Art Magazine featured him as “An Artist to Watch”. 

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