Art Attack

Friday, September 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

“Edge of the Day” by Dane Chinnock

When you live in an area as beautiful as Sedona, you are bound to find endless inspiration in its landscape. For Prescott resident Dane Chinnock and Sedona residents Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil, that inspiration translates into ethereal landscape paintings. The three artists will debut new work at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Art Attack, a celebration of the red rocks in oil on canvas.

Dane has spent the last year gathering new material for his Southwest paintings. The business owner and father of three says it isn’t always easy to find the time to travel to Sedona for inspiration, but that has largely been his focus lately. “When I do have time, it’s important that I hit the right spot at the right time of day and in the right weather conditions,” says Dane. “I usually photograph a landscape that I want to paint, but this year I’ve also painted in plein air in Sedona.”

Vince, who is the director of programming and operations at the Sedona Arts Center, says he’s also in the process of discovery and exploration of the landscape. “I work small to explore variations on compositional themes and ideas,” says Vince. “Small works do not always translate directly to large works. The act of painting is a dance that requires freshness and freedom on the surface, and so the larger studio works often go through dramatic changes of their own to arrive in their final state.”

Unlike Dane and Vince, Lynn Heil recently retired from his day job and is now a full-time landscape painter. Lynn owned a business crating and shipping artwork in Sedona. Unfortunately, that meant his painting sometimes took a backseat to his day job, but that’s not the case anymore. “In effect, I got rid of all of my excuses not to paint,” says Lynn. “So, I am now happily scouring the area for new compositions. For Art Attack, I will be showing outdoor studies along with some larger studio pieces of two of my favorite haunts, the Dry Creek area, and Schnebly Hill.”

Stop by Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Sept. 1 to meet this dynamic trio and add a little piece of their red rock inspiration to your home.


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