Sixty plein air paintings of each of the U. S. National Parks are the product of a 72,000 mile, 3 ½ year journey by Sonoma County artist and gallery owner Mary Fassbinder and the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Petaluma Arts Center opening in January, 2019.
“The National Parks Painting Project by Mary Fassbinder + Guest Artist Davis Perkins” exhibition will run from January 29 through March 23, with the public opening scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 5pm.
“This project forced me to push, crawl, climb –you name it, through my own set of obstacles and most importantly to trust the outcome,” Fassbinder recalls of the many challenges she overcame. “It truly was a rite of passage –– I turned 60 during the course of the trip.”
Fassbinder feels more strongly than ever that, “this is a crucial time in the preservation and conservation of our national treasures. I sincerely hope these paintings will be an inspiration to generations to come.”
Joining Fassbinder at the Petaluma Arts Center will be Davis Perkins, a California landscape painter with an exhibition featuring his landscape paintings from around the world. Perkins, who has had an exciting career as smokejumper, firefighter, and paramedic, received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. In 2015 he was selected as a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. He exhibits his work in galleries and other art venues in Northern California, while continuing his life of travel and public service.