artGuide Magazine featuring Plein Air

artGuide Magazine is proud to present Plein Air as our annual June feature.  Artist and galleries from Richmond, Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia are featured in the "truist form" of painting.


Plein Air Painting derives from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air.”    Capturing a moment in time, in all its natural perfections and imperfections is a calling of true depiction.  The truest form of capture can best be ascertained by plein air artists who seek to bring the world into art by bringing the art process into the world.  Light, color, composition, can all be pre-planned but in plein air the artist loses complete control of the elements and depicts our surroundings as our surroundings dictate.  The wonderful array of possible subjects create an endless amount of inspiration that capture, or discover an oft-depicted subject in just the right composition or setting.  To celebrate the artists (and galleries who represent them) who “go out” and find their subjects in plein air we offer a small taste of the artists themselves and their creative process.


 Anne Blair Brown,  Out and About , oil, 16" x 12"

Anne Blair Brown, Out and About, oil, 16" x 12"

1. Anna Blair Brown, artist.
Gallery - Brazier Gallery.  
1616 W Main St, Richmond, VA.  804.358.2771.

Anne Blair Brown was born in Rhode Island and is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her work centers on both rural and urban landscapes, people, and interior spaces.  Brown tries to paint en plein air whenever possible.  In her words, “Painting on location creates an intimacy with the subject that informs my studio work.  It heightens my sense of spontaneity, and that energy is translated to the canvas.”  

Anne Blair Brown’s oil painting “Out and About” is an excellent example of the loose, painterly brush strokes desired in plein air paintings.   Plein Air paintings often depict landscapes but “Out and About” is unique because it captures the mood of a fun night on the town outside the Tobacco Company, one of Richmond’s classier bars.  Unfortunately, Brown is unable to join us for Plein Air Richmond this year, but her paintings can still be found at Brazier Gallery.  Loryn Brazier founded Brazier Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, showcasing contemporary realism and impressionism.  



 Bethanne Cople,  Breathless with Adoration; the Broad Sun , 12" x 18"

Bethanne Cople, Breathless with Adoration; the Broad Sun, 12" x 18"

2. Bethanne Cople, artist.  Gallery - Huff Harrington Fine Art. 4240 Rickenbacker Drive, Atlanta, GA.  404.257.0511.

The American landscape – endless skies, calming waters, and the varied shores of the East and West coasts are Cople’s passion and she travels far and wide to capture her subjects.

“I love painting the landscape en plein air.  In the outdoors, exposed to the sun, wind and rain, you can incorporate not only what you see, but also the sounds and the smells of the landscape.  All of this lets me convey the sense of wonder I feel at the subject”, says Cople.  Undeterred by nature’s extremes, Cople has painted in blizzards in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah; on the precarious cliffs of Monhegan Island, Maine; in howling gales off the California coast; and, of course, in both summer and winter in her beloved Eastern Shore of Maryland and Potomac River in Virginia.  She paints with expressive brushwork, a finely honed sense of color and powerful composition.  Bethanne has added Provence to her list of favorite spots to paint en plein air as she is getting set to lead another group through the lavender this June 19-25.   Please go to, for more information.

Cople received a classical Fine Art education at The George Washington University with an emphasis on drawing and composition. From the time Bethanne began painting professionally and entering competitions, she has been earning recognition for her work. Most recently, she received an Honorable Mention at the American Impressionist Society Annual National 2015 exhibit.


 Karen Lee Crenshaw,  Seaside Cottage , 2015, oil on linen, 11" x 14"

Karen Lee Crenshaw, Seaside Cottage, 2015, oil on linen, 11" x 14"

3. Karen Lee Crenshaw, artist.  
708 Ireland Court Jacksonville, NC 28546. 910.353.8684. 910.228.7802.

Inspired by the beautiful waterways of the coast, Karen Lee Crenshaw re-discovered a love of plein air painting in 2007.  “A sense of place.  That is the goal of my landscape paintings, for the viewer to ‘see’ what I am seeing and to feel that is a place they have been or would like to visit.  Plein air painting inspires me to capture the quality of the light that sets off that connection.” She has also painted from photographs that were taken before Hurricanes Bertha and Fran, records of a “vanishing landscape,” which contain scenes that may be changing as development encroaches. “It is a great source of enjoyment for me to hear people come into my studio and recognize, with nostalgia, where the paintings were made.”

Karen Lee Crenshaw has lived in Jacksonville for the last sixteen years where she maintains Crenshaw Art Studio in her home in Jacksonville, NC and at
ArtExposure, located in Hampstead, NC. (  In addition to painting award-winning landscapes Karen accepts commissioned portraits. Herwork is also available at Fine Art at Baxter’s, New Bern, (  All About Art on Bald Head Island,
( and through her website:



 Kim Hall,  Spring Rains at the Farm Pond , oil on linen panel, 8" x 16"

Kim Hall, Spring Rains at the Farm Pond, oil on linen panel, 8" x 16"

4. Kim Hall, artist.  

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations” —Paul Cezanne

Virginia painter Kim Hall travels far and wide trying to capture the light and essence of our quickly disappearing landscape.  She enjoys the challenge of painting en plein air, and dealing with everything mother nature can throw your way.  There is no better way to capture a scene or a moment in time than to be there in that moment.  “Painting from life has taught me how to see as a painter.”

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 Linda Hollett-Bazouzi,  When Will It Come? , oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, When Will It Come?, oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

5. Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, artist.  

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi is a landscape painter of local, regional, and international scenes.  Armed with a paint knife, she travels with her paints around the world and down the street.  She does not consider her plein air works studies, but rather finished works that stand on their own, that may or may not inform later studio pieces.

Her style demands an alla prima approach, not only because of changing light, but because her knife work lays down paint quite differently from a brush.  She paints quickly, to capture THAT cloud, THAT tree, THAT moment in a time that will never be again.

The first two weeks in April she travelledto The Netherlands, where she painted for nine days in Katwijk aan Zee and Noordwijkerhout.  For three of those days she was fighting the wind, the rain, and the cold to take a workshop with Dutch plein air painter Roos Schuring.  Traveling alone gives her the freedom to work at a pace different from many travelers.  This trip resulted in 14 paintings in seven days.

Hollett-Bazouzi is currently lead artist for the Virginia Plein Air Painters, based around Richmond, Virginia.  More information on her paintings, workshops, and gallery representation can be found at