Charles N. Pruitt
Charles N. Pruitt enjoys painting primarily landscapes of the Southwest. In fact, he considers himself an "impressionist of the Southwest" because of his devotion to working from life, painting in oils directly from nature using the "alla prima" or "plein air" method. Using close observation of nature, the effects of light, composition and interpretation of values based on intuition, emotion and his experience, has led to a style described as spontaneous and honest.
He has won over 41 awards, locally and nationally, but one of his most prized awards was the honor of representing West Texas at an art show inside the Capitol Building in Washington D. C., 1977. In 1991 he was selected as the featured artist for the Celebration of the Arts Show, where he was honored with a special poster edition of Plum Blossoms. He has shown in the prestigious C.M. Russell Auction in Great Falls, Montana and was chosen as a Quick Draw participant in 1993 through 2004. His works have been juried into the Arts for the Parks for four years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Allied Artist Annual Show in New York City. He received the Best of Show award in 1993, 1994 and 1998 at the Museum of the Southwest Regional Spring Show.
He has been a signature member of the Oil Painters of America since 1997. He is member of the Outdoor Painters Society and a Past President of the Midland Art Association. He is a member of the Southwest Impressionist that has exhibited annually since 1988 at the Haley Memorial Library.