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Bill Gallen (b. b. 1958)  Artworks >>

Bill Gallen has "always liked nature." He remembers going to Colorado as a high schooler and climbing to the top of a mountain. It made him aware, he says now, of how much beauty there is in the world. Gallen is giving himself many more opportunities to paint these days. He is gradually separating himself from his Milwaukee based house-painting firm and setting himself up as a self-employed artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the field, Gallen sketches rapidly in oil paints thinned with mineral spirits. Working from dark to light, he roughs in the shapes, trying to get the whole image at once. With smaller pieces he may be able to get all the color onto the palette in as little as 90 minutes. "I look for fugitive lighting effects. In the Southwest colors are saturated. Theres more vapor in the air in Wisconsin. I used the basic colors plus black: viridian, sap green, several yellows, ochre and ultramarine blue. I think less is more in terms of color." He says that pigments are the best teachers. I travel a lot and either take the paint box or camera with me, or both." Gallen received his education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America from 1995 to the present and has won numerous awards, particularly in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Source

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