Self-taught artist Dave Santillanes began painting shortly after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Graphic Design. During his first plein air excursion, he discovered that direct observation allowed for a more precise rendering of color, light and atmosphere. He says, “there’s no better way to get to really know a place than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. Dave’s awards include the Bronze Medal and Award of Excellence at consecutive Oil Painters of America National Shows, the Award of Distinction at the American Impressionist Society National Show, and Best of Show at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters 2013 Plein Air for the Park. His work has also been featured in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.