Stefan Pastuhov is an exceptional plein air artist deriving inspiration from the varied landscapes of New England. He grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts and received his BFA from Tufts University.
“The fact that I paint outside on location makes each day new. Be it overcast or sunny, snowy or green, ablaze with fall colors or barren of leaves, every location I paint is constantly in change. With this continual flux I am able to paint a number of paintings in each spot, every work attaining an individuality all its own.
“The intellectual challenge of designing each piece and then undertaking its construction is very meaningful to me as an artist. Capturing the sparkling light of late afternoon or the reflections in a rushing stream will always excite my senses.”
Pastuhov’s influences are many and varied- from the French Impressionists Corot and Sisley to the Rockport artists A. T Hibbard and Emile Gruppe with touches of the Canadian Group of Seven. His work is a refinement of the plein air painters who came before him, drawing inspiration from them to create a unique statement of his own.
“You will rarely see me anywhere without my paints. Any day that goes by without dipping my brush in paint is a disappointment if not a total loss.”
Pastuhov’s work appears in galleries throughout the United States and may also been seen in numerous corporate and private collections. Additionally, his paintings have graced the covers of L. L. Bean catalogs.