pure Pastel

I am honored to have my painting, "Living Waters" featured in a beautiful new book showcasing the pastel medium, "pure Pastel." Edited by Anne Hevener and published by North Light Books. It's available online and in stores now.

Lving Waters 30” x 24” pastel

Lving Waters 30” x 24” pastel

Workshop Announcement!


The Brinton Museum

I will be in Big Horn, Wyoming September 5-6 teaching an outdoor workshop at the Brinton Museum. The workshop is in conjunction with the first annual Brinton Artists in Residence show that opens September 7 with a reception for the six artists participating in residencies in 2018. I hope you can join me!

Checkout their page here for registration information.

New Exhibition

New Exhibition at The Museum of Western Art

This September I have been invited to exhibit three paintings in the 36th Annual Roundup Exhibition and Sale at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas.

I am excited to be a part of this exhibit for the first time. The show will hang through October 28. Stay tuned for more information and announcements!

Landscape Today

An exciting invitation through Landscape Today's founder/curator, Benny Sanders on Instagram to participate in the first annual Landscape Today exhibit in Indianapolis. Many of today's top landscape painters will be exhibiting.

September 6 -29 at The Harrison Center.

Read more about it here!

2019 Update

The Inaugural exhibit of the American Tonalist Society, "Shades of Gray" was a huge success!

Though the exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in NYC is over, you can still purchase art through the ATS website.

My two pieces in the show are below:

Thin Ice 12 x 16 pastel

Thin Ice 12 x 16 pastel

Marsh Moonlight 7.25 x 10.25 pastel

Marsh Moonlight 7.25 x 10.25 pastel

There is also a beautiful commemorative catalog is available. Order your copy by May 31 for free shipping here.

Thank you to our Sponsors and to all of our Patrons!

Here are some preview articles for the show:




American Tonalist Society

I am excited to announce my Signature membership in the newly formed American Tonalist Society. The first ATS fine art exhibit and sale, "Shades of Gray" will take place at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City this May. Stay tuned for more information!

Meadow Maestro 12” x 8” pastel

Meadow Maestro 12” x 8” pastel

Steamboat Art Museum

"Looking West" an exhibition highlighting works by American Women Artists opens at the SAM on May 24 and remains on exhibit until September 2, 2019. Join me for the AWA preview and artists' reception on June 28 in Steamboat Springs, CO. More information about this event can be found on the AWA website. My painting, "Glory's Witness," will be featured.

Glory’s Witness 20 x 30 “ pastel

Glory’s Witness 20 x 30 “ pastel

Workshop at Painted Views Ranch


My workshop at Painted Views Ranch has been rescheduled for October 19 - 21, 2018.

I look forward to seeing you then! Weather should be cooler.

Register ASAP

For more Information or to register, contact: Kirk Witmer at paintedviewsranch@gmail.com

Outside Perspectives Show

Good news!

The"Outside Perspectives" show has been extended through the month of May. If you live in or are visiting the Bend area, stop in and meet Jim and the fine folks at the Mockingbird Gallery. You can also see all of the works in the show, online.

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Hidden Gem

35" x 22" pastel

Glory's Witness

Glory's Witness

My new piece for "Outside Perspectives" show at Mockingbird Gallery opening April 6.   

Glory's Witness 24x30 pastel

Glory's Witness
24x30 pastel

During my first visit to Vermilion Cliffs ten years ago this was my first and lasting impression. The sky was glorious as the setting sun's rays struck the storm clouds and rain. My attempt to capture it can never compare to what God's handiwork displayed! Soli Deo Gloria!

Contact Mockingbird Gallery at (541) 388-2107 for pre-show sales.

2018 ARC International Salon

A new award is being offered this year, the People's Choice Award. Please visit the Art Renewal Center webpage through this link to cast your votes. You get up to 10 votes!  These are my two Finalist paintings in the Salon. I hope you will deem them worthy of your vote. Thank you!

These are the two paintings that I entered.


Enduring Testimony

Enduring Testimony

High Above

High Above

New Workshop Announcement!

I will be teaching a second workshop in Georgia on April 13 - 15 in Flowery Branch on Lake Lanier. This will be an outdoor painting workshop in soft pastels, hosted by Diana Dee Sarkar at her beautiful lake house and studio.

Schedule for the workshop will be 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. daily, with lunch being provided on all days.  There will be a gourmet dinner on Saturday evening at the lake house that I hope all students will attend. Friday and Saturday class times might be extended to take advantage of late afternoon/ evening light.

Cost of the 3 day workshop is $405.

Please contact the workshop coordinator, Diana Dee Sarkar, for more information:

Take a look at all of my workshops for 2018 here.

2017 Recap

2017 was a special year for me with two museum exhibits. On June 29 "Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present" opened at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.
Beautifully presented, the exhibit featured the work of historic Masters, Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon, and the Red Rock Country paintings of G. Russell Case, Matt Smith, Ray Roberts and myself. 

It was truly a blessing and an honor to be a part of this outstanding exhibit. 
Below are a few photographs to give you a taste of what it was like if you were not able to see the show, which ended October 8. 

I am also sharing a few of my paintings that were in the exhibit, check out the posts below.

I will be having an more events at the Booth Western Art Museum this year. Click here to learn about my upcoming workshop in partnership with the Booth Art Academy.

The second exhibit I had in 2017 was "Stormy Weather: Western Atmospheres" held at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona from May 27 through October 8. I was thrilled to be exhibiting alongside Ed Mell, Merrill Maheffy, Myrna Harrison and Jessica Garrett. 
"Light Shines Through" was one of my paintings exhibited now available through Studio Gallery.


Light Shines Through 8x10 Pastel

Light Shines Through 8x10 Pastel

News Update

January 19, 2018

I am happy to announce that two of my paintings have been selected as Finalists in the 13th Annual ARC Salon International Competition. "Enduring Testimony" and "High Above". This year the Art Renewal Center Salon received over 3,750 entries from 69 countries and have included approximately 28% as finalists. It is an honor to have these two works chosen.

Enduring Testimony

Enduring Testimony

High Above

High Above