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Artist Eileen Fjerstad


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Biography


Artist Eileen Fjerstad has been painting professionally in the mountains of  Southwest Colorado and the deserts of the Four Corners since the mid 1980’s becoming a well-known regional artist.  Fundamentally a self- taught artist, Eileen has augmented her continuing education through periodic immersion in workshops given by  recognized artists including Kevin McPhearson, John Budicin, George Strickland, Joseph Shephard, David Schwindt, Ann Templeton, Jessica Zemsky, and Jack Hines, and has been mentored for many years by Durango artist Paul Folwell.  Fjerstad also has  attended the Plein Air Conventions held in Monterey, California  in April of 2013 & 2014 as well as in Santa Fe in April 2018 where dozens of celebrated artists share methods and materials through demonstrations and paint-outs. The artist has found these Conventions to be tremendously exciting, instructive and very stimulating.
 
Fjerstad is primarily a plein air painter whole materials and equipment are always close at hand.  Eileen's early artistic years were spent painting in the medium of watercolr, however, in recent years the artist has found working in the juicy, malleable, medium of oil to be exciting and more satisfying, producing works rich in color, texture and light.
 
Endeavoring to capture the ever-changing and delightful compositions provided by the San Juan Mountains as well as the amazing variety of landscapes found in the cliffs, canyons, and “hidden beauty pockets" of nearby desert country has brought great joy to the artist and, hopefully,  to her collectors as well.
 
Fjerstad is a member of:
OPA Oil Painters of America, Associate
American Impressionist Society, Associate
     American Women Artist, Associate
     Outdoor Painters Society
     Durango Art Center

 
 
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