Originally from Indiana, Whitman became inspired by the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains when he moved to Grand County.
“I never get tired of looking at nature and the horizon. For me, the subtle changes in atmosphere and lighting make every landscape art. I want to be able to share with others the beauty I see in my home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado or the places I have the opportunity to visit.
“It seems we often take for granted the beauty of the land around us. Every sunrise and sunset is a new painting to me, and something to be captured and celebrated,” Whitman said. “I am drawn to landscapes that represent a moment in time and I try to capture what I was feeling at the moment. Peace. Energy. Intrigue. Frustration. Joy. Serenity. They all have their time and place for each of us. I try to communicate what I was seeing and how I felt when I stumbled upon that place and felt compelled to paint it.
To me, paintings are windows into locations and moments. I feel that is why we have emotional responses to looking at paintings and why we are drawn more to some than others. They connect us to times and places anchored in our past, or a place or feeling we aspire to be.”
Colorado Headwaters Trail
Cabin Creek Spring
Monarch Lake Splendor
Oil on cradled gesso board 12” x 24”
- Whitman is the Winner of the Bonnie Quillen Memorial Award presented at the Second Annual Plein Air @Altitude Festival last September.
- He completed an Artist Residency at the Chateau Orquevaux, France, in 2021.
- Karen Vance has been his mentor, and he has studied with Jane Hunt, John Taft, Marianne Billingsley and Dave Santillanes as well.
- Whitman’s painting of Headwaters Trail was chosen as the Promotional and Fundraising Poster for the 48th Winter Park Alpine Art Affair this July.
- He is also a Board Member of Fraser Valley Arts.