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Artist Louis Knight


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Biography


(Lou) Knight began painting in high school but decided to pursue a vocation as a geologist.  He obtained a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Arizona and spent many years in mineral exploration traveling throughout western US, particularly Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Washington.  Exploration work typically took him to many remote areas, some very special, that were as yet unspoiled by the development in cities.  A few of these special places have been preserved in his paintings.  In 1994 Lou was inspired to start painting again at a  watercolor class in Yosemite National Park but soon migrated to painting mostly with acrylics, and particularly with acrylics on watercolor paper.  Frustration with painting en plein air in Arizona using acrylics provided an incentive to start oil painting.  
 
His painting style has been strongly influenced by the workshops he has participated in led by California landscape artist Robert Reynolds, Colorado landscape artist Joshua Been and Arizona landscape artist Matt Smith.
 
Lou resides in Green Valley, Arizona where he concentrates on painting local landscapes, biking and hiking.  Summers are often spent backpacking in the high country of southwestern Colorado which provides inspiration for many paintings.
 
Recent Awards
2014 Second Place in Tucson Plein Air Painters Fall Agua Caliente Show
2014 People Choice Award in Santa Rita Art League Art Real Show
2015 Peoples Choice Award in Santa Rita Art League Masters Show
2015 Honorable Mention in Tucson Plein Air Painters Spring Agua Caliente Show
2015 First place Award in juried Santa Rita Art League Members Show
2015 Third place Award in juried Santa Rita Art League Members Show
2015 Artist's Choice Award in Santa Art League Big Show
2015 Second Place Award in Landscapes Real and Imagined juried show at the Community Performing Arts Center, Green Valley, AZ
 
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