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.
has won over 40 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, 1994, 1999 and 2000. His works
have been juried into the “Arts for the Parks”, in Jackson
Hole, Wyoming, the Allied Artist Annual Show, New York City. He received
the “Best of Show” award in 1993,1994 and 1998 at the Museum of the
Southwest Regional Spring Show.
Charles is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA). A
member of the Outdoor Painters Society (OPS).
He has studied under such well-known artist as
Clyde Aspevig, Ted Goerschner, Ovanes Berberian, William F. Reese and Matt
Awards, Demonstrations and Exhibitions:
Awarded “Best of
Show” in the 2000 American Plains Artist Show by Judge Howard Rogers.
the Associated Creative Artist, in Dallas, 1997.
Annually C. M. Russell Auction and Quick Draw
Participant 1993, 1994, 1999, and 2000, in Great Falls, Montana
One man Show at
Sedona, Arizona, 1994.
MAA Southwest Regional Show, "Best of Show" 1993,
1994 and 1998.
Allied Artist 78th Annual Exhibition, New York
Oil Painters of
America annual national show, 1993,1995, 1996,1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Arts for the Park, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2004
School alumni show, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Society, Plein Air Texas 2006, 2007 and 2008.