Jonathan Keeton
Cottonwood on Chama RiverCataract Creek02Study for Fallen FirRio en MedioUpper Canyon RoadCataract CreekFall Afternoon, Rio ChamaFall Afternoon, North Fork Tesuque CreekFrom Cataract BridgeFelton Empire Roadelm and pleasant street, ludlow, vermontcreek near praguelaurel dell in fogstudy for cataract fallscataract falllaurel dellsugar maplescataract bridgepool at nightFor Sue
I tend to paint either forest landscapes or nocturnes. I am inspired by the beauty in nature; that everything is just so. I also feel that at night our influence wanes and the natural beauty of things takes over again. I have always liked the delicacy and perhaps the demanding nature of watercolor, and prefer to work in this medium most of the time.

I have many influences and painters whom I admire, of course. I studied briefly under a wonderful Australian artist named Geoffrey Dupree in London, and then afterwards I was inspired by the large oil landscapes of Neil Welliver. I love the fact that the large size tends to draw the viewer into them, and prefer to work large when I am able for that reason.

I work from photographs that I take while out on rambles, as the paintings take me a while and the light changes too much while working plein air, although I do studies on location from time to time. My work is pretty representational, and I don't have much theory behind it, but rather try and use the work as a meditation on what I am seeing and on the impulse to honor the natural world.