Karen Hitt painting on location
Karen painting on location at home in Venice

"I always feel awestruck when an artist can truly capture light. At capturing that light none can do so better with a figure than Vermeer, or in a landscape like Turner. Few capture expressions with a single brush stroke as Sargent, or illustrate the complete scene with richness of color and figures better than N.C. Wyeth, Sorolla, Zorn. Cassatt's ability to portray the warmth of a mood is amazing. The Hudson River School artists' ability to portray the scale, atmosphere and light of the landscape before them has always left me with a passion to do the same. Plein Air painting is one artist tool/exercise invaluable to opening an artist's eyes to 'see' There is so much to learn from all the masters."

Karen Ann Hitt on Location painting at Yosimite