Don Stinson is known for his panoramic vistas that explore the physical and cultural landscapes of the West, his most recent work examines the dynamic, elemental and creative forces that have shaped and continue to shape the terrain. Stinson received his B.F.A. from Colorado State University and his M.F.A. from Tufts University/School of Fine Arts in Boston. He was the recipient of a Colorado Council on the Arts Director’s Grant and his work is placed in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Art in Embassies Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has been featured both in extensive solo and group exhibitions in Colorado and Texas with prominent showings at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming and Artist Space, New York. Don lives and works in Evergreen, Colorado.
Stinson’s current inspiration emanates from the elements of earth, air, fire and water in combination with man-made structures within the environment. Painting subjects such as, the ice park in Ouray, Colorado, a bonfire on the Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man festival, a wind farm on the Llano Estacado northwest of Abilene, Texas and satellite dishes above Marfa, Texas, each supply Stinson with the visual contrasts between human pursuits and the sublime expanses of the western landscapes. The artist’s encompassing views reveal much about our shared myths of the West, notions of progress, individual creativity and the subsequent surrender to the elements themselves.