Stephen Quiller is one of the nation’s leading watercolorist based in Creede, Colorado where his gallery is located. His career is extensive including numerous awards and honors from the American Watercolor Society, the 2014 Gold Medal of Honor as well as major awards from the National Watercolor Society. In 2014 he was invited along with two other American painters to the First Zhong Shan International Master Watercolor Invitational Exhibition in China. Stephen Quiller’s paintings are produced on magazine covers along with articles in many leading publications and he has served as a juror for numerous regional and international watermedia exhibitions. Quiller’s exhibition, Deep Into Nature: Landscape Paintings by Stephen Quiller, will highlight five of his watercolor landscapes from June 8 - Sunday, June 26, 2016 in the Collection Study.
Stephen Quiller is a storyteller told in watercolor. He captures his environment and sets an atmosphere that tells the viewer more than what he saw but how he felt. In the painting, February Evening, View From My Studio, Quiller said “My studio is located some 50 yards upstream from our home. We are at 9000 ft. elevation in southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, headwaters of the Rio Grande River. One February evening I stepped out my studio on the path to the house. I became aware that the night sky was alive and the stars radiating energy. The cool, dark mountain patterns had a magenta undertone in the shadows. There was a warm yellow-orange window light coming from the lone cabin across the road. I loved the way the black cabin’s shape was lost in the surrounding tree patterns.”
Quiller’s lecture, Mentors and Masters: Stephen Quiller’s Muse, is Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. followed by a book and DVD signing. The lecture fee is $5 members/$15 not-yet members at admissions. No pre-registration is necessary. Quiller will present his mentors and masters who he has been influenced and inspired by including Charles E. Burchfield. Quiller’s approach to color and watermedia will be discussed along with his 12 color spectral palette and the Quiller Color Wheel. The watermedia presentation will emphasize watercolor, gouache, acrylic and casein, and their unique visual qualities, handling characteristics, and how these media can be combined in a painting. His plein air paintings created in various parts of the world including Scotland, Italy, France, Ireland, Canada, and Sardinia will be included in the evenings lecture. Quiller will show a photograph of the actual site he painted as well as the finished painting and elaborate on how the landscape was interpreted.
Stephen Quiller’s demonstration, Interpretation and Expression: High Country Landscape With Stephen Quiller is Saturday, June 25, 2016 from10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. followed by a private reception. Admission is $45 members/$55 not-yet members. Quiller will begin his demonstration by emphasizing his unique approach to color and composition as it relates to the subject. A high country mountain landscape will be demonstrated using a combination of watermedia and how each media has their own rewards to assist with interpretation and expression of the artwork. To view his work and learn more go to www.quillergallery.com.