Plein Air Pastels of the High Country

Article Published: Jul. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Plein Air Pastels of the High Country

Paul deMarrais's pastels are being featured at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery.

One of the High Country's most talented pastel painters, Paul deMarrais, has devoted his artistic efforts entirely to pastel since discovering the medium as an art student in the late 1970s.

He is happy to continue in the tradition of French and American impressionist painting. After many years of "plein air" painting, deMarrais has begun to work from his own photos of the rolling landscapes near his home in northeast Tennessee.

A restless experimenter, he is known for making his own pastels for himself and other artists, and exploring different surfaces and techniques in pastel. His paintings reflect his lifelong love of nature and the outdoors. He finds beauty and interest in simple scenes and attempts to get a feeling of the moment in his paintings through his use of bright and subdues colors. His paintings are included in the private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery has received nearly 20 new paintings from deMarrais in the last week and will be displaying them in the gallery. deMarrais has been working on these pieces for the past six months.

"The colors are vibrant and fresh, each piece beautifully capturing the spirit of the High Country," gallery owner Tim Miller said. "All pieces are custom framed and ready for sale. Stop by the gallery and check out this master of pastel's work."

Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery is located near the Food Lion in Blowing Rock, at 7539 Valley Blvd. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 295-0041 or visit, where a sampling of deMarrais's paintings can be viewed.

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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