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Early Morning Giant, St. Mary\'s Lake, MT - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Early Morning Giant, St. Mary's Lake, MT
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
Signed
Quiet Solitude - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Quiet Solitude
Oil on panel
7.75 x 12 inches
Signed
Storm King, Fall - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Storm King, Fall
Oil on panel
5.75 x 8.75
Signed
Treasures of Fall - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Treasures of Fall
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Signed
Long shadows - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Long shadows
Oil on panel
11 x 14 inches
Signed
Crimson Flash at Stone Barns - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Crimson Flash at Stone Barns
Oil on canvas-panel
9 x 14 inches
Signed
For the Times of Remembrance - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
For the Times of Remembrance
Oil on canvas-panel
11 x 14 inches
Signed
In the Shadows of Giants, St. Mary\'s Lake, Montana - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
In the Shadows of Giants, St. Mary's Lake, Montana
Oil on canvas-panel
24 x 30 inches
Signed
Grinnell Lake, Montana - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Grinnell Lake, Montana
Oil on canvas-panel
27.25 x 40 inches
Signed
The Final Whisper - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Final Whisper
Oil on canvas-panel
11 x 14 inches
Signed
Crowns of Light - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Crowns of Light
Oil on canvas-panel
15.5 x 24 inches
Signed
Fishermen of the Dawn - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Fishermen of the Dawn
Oil on canvas on board
9.75 x 15.75 inches
Signed
Silent Desert - Stillness in the Desert - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Silent Desert - Stillness in the Desert
Oil on canvas on board
11.75 x 15.75 inches
Signed
Low Tide in Aberdeen, WA - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Low Tide in Aberdeen, WA
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Dream Lake - Hallett\'s Peak - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Dream Lake - Hallett's Peak
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
Ocean Wave 1 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Ocean Wave 1
Oil on canvas-panel
10 x 16 inches
Signed
View of Storm King - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
View of Storm King
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 18 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Hudson Valley - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Hudson Valley
Oil on panel
8.75 x 14 inches
Signed
Moonrise Over the Hudson - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Moonrise Over the Hudson
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
Early Morning Giant, St. Mary Lake, MT - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Early Morning Giant, St. Mary Lake, MT
Oil on canvas-panel
8.75 x 14 inches
Signed
Sunrise Over Walden - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunrise Over Walden
Oil on panel
10 x 16 inches
Signed
Sunset Over NYC from the Palisades - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over NYC from the Palisades
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
Signed
Swan Song Sunset - Sunset Over the Palisades - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Swan Song Sunset - Sunset Over the Palisades
Oil on panel
22 x 28 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Delaware, Barryville, NY - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Delaware, Barryville, NY
Oil on canvasboard
14 x 11 inches
Signed
Sunset Over the Palisades - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over the Palisades
Oil on Artefex Panel
16 x 20 inches
Signed
Transcendence, Niagara Falls - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Transcendence, Niagara Falls
Oil on panel
19 x 31 3/4
Signed
Sold Works
Sunset Over Hidden Lake - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Hidden Lake
Oil on canvas-panel
11 x 14 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Lake - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Lake
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 16 inches
Signed
There\'s Always Hope - View of NY from Dobbs Ferry, Summer 2021 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
There's Always Hope - View of NY from Dobbs Ferry, Summer 2021
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 20 inches
Signed
Marsh Lake - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Marsh Lake
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Signed
Return of the Zodiac - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Return of the Zodiac
Oil on panel
11 x 14 inches
Signed
Evening Sail After the Storm, Long Island Sound - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Evening Sail After the Storm, Long Island Sound
Oil on panel
8 x 10 inches
Signed
Marsh Lake - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Marsh Lake
Oil on panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
Sundial Peak, Daytime, 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sundial Peak, Daytime, 2019
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Hearts on Fire, 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Hearts on Fire, 2019
Oil on panel
10 x 12 inches
Signed
Dancing Dragontails Sunset, 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Dancing Dragontails Sunset, 2019
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Niagara Falls, 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Niagara Falls, 2019
Oil on panel
6 1/4 x 10 inches
Signed
St. Mary\'s Lake, Montana (Study), 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
St. Mary's Lake, Montana (Study), 2019
Oil on panel
7 1/4 x 11 inches
Signed
Golden Trails Sunset, 2019 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Golden Trails Sunset, 2019
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Palisades  - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Palisades
Oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Majestic Landscape - St. Mary\'s Lake - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Majestic Landscape - St. Mary's Lake
Oil on panel
15 1/5 x 20
Signed
Moonrise over Sundial Peak, Utah - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Moonrise over Sundial Peak, Utah
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset - Dobbs Ferry Looking South to NYC - 10.23.18 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset - Dobbs Ferry Looking South to NYC - 10.23.18
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 20 inches
Signed
Sunset Over the Hudson Near Olana (Homage to F. Church) - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over the Hudson Near Olana (Homage to F. Church)
Oil on canvas-panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset from Ocean Cliff - Newport, RI - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset from Ocean Cliff - Newport, RI
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Nyack - 10.13.17 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 10.13.17
Oil on canvas-panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Sunset Catskills - 4th of July - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Catskills - 4th of July
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Nyack - 7.16.17 - 2 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 7.16.17 - 2
Oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Sunset over Nyack - 7.16.17 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Nyack - 7.16.17
Oil on panel
9 x 14 inches
Signed
Arizona Brilliance, Sunset - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Arizona Brilliance, Sunset
Oil on panel
8 x 6 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
A Quest for Understanding - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
A Quest for Understanding
Oil on canvas
23 x 30 inches
Signed
Sunset at Ragged Point, CA - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset at Ragged Point, CA
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Catskill Sunset - 9.2.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Catskill Sunset - 9.2.16
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Rainbow in the Desert - Catalina Mountains near Tucson - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Rainbow in the Desert - Catalina Mountains near Tucson
Oil on canvas-panel
10 x 12 inches
Signed
Silent Witness - Glacier National Park - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Silent Witness - Glacier National Park
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Signed
Montana Sunburst - Glacier National Park - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Montana Sunburst - Glacier National Park
Oil on canvas-panel
9 x 11 inches
Signed
The Day I Met You - View: Sunset over Nyack from Tarrytown - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Day I Met You - View: Sunset over Nyack from Tarrytown
Oil on canvas
10 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches
Signed
Sunset over Palisades - 9.7.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades - 9.7.16
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
9.8.16 - Sunset over Hudson - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
9.8.16 - Sunset over Hudson
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset over Jackson, N.H. 7.14.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Jackson, N.H. 7.14.16
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset on Hudson - 8.5.16, Looking North from Tarrytown - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset on Hudson - 8.5.16, Looking North from Tarrytown
Oil on board
61/4 x 13 1/2 inches
Signed
Sunset over Jackson, N.H., 7.17.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Jackson, N.H., 7.17.16
Oil on canvas on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Sunset over Palisades, 6.23.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades, 6.23.16
Oil on canvas-panel
7 x 11 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Arizona Sunrise Easter 2016 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Arizona Sunrise Easter 2016
Oil on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Nyack - 6.30.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 6.30.16
Oil on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Nyack - 7.7.16 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 7.7.16
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Nyack Sunset - 5.27.16
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Nyack Sunset - 5.27.16
Oil on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Sunset South to NYC - 7.5.16
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset South to NYC - 7.5.16
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Oregon Coast, Yachats - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Oregon Coast, Yachats
Oil on board
6 1/8 x 81/4 inches
Signed
La Napoule, France (plein air) - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
La Napoule, France (plein air)
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
Amber Waves, Sunset - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Amber Waves, Sunset
Oil on panel
6 x 9 inches
Signed
Floridian Sunrise - Palm Beach, Fla. - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Floridian Sunrise - Palm Beach, Fla.
Oil on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
Sunrise Palm Beach - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunrise Palm Beach
Oil on board
12 x 16 inches
Signed
Sunset Looking South to NYC - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Looking South to NYC
Oil on board
12 1/8 x 15 3/8 inches
Signed
Stone Barns Pasture - Westchester, NY - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Stone Barns Pasture - Westchester, NY
Oil on canvas on board
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Palisades, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Palisades, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
Sunset over Palisades - Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades - Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Oil on canvas
22 x 30 inches
Signed
Family Sunset, Catskills - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Family Sunset, Catskills
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Silver Sunset Over Sailing Ships - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Silver Sunset Over Sailing Ships
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
The One True Love Sunset - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The One True Love Sunset
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed; also titled and dated on the reverse
The Dancing Phoenix, Sunset (Nyack, NY) - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Dancing Phoenix, Sunset (Nyack, NY)
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed, also signed, titled & inscribed on the reverse
Sunset Over Catskills, Hawk\'s Nest 2 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Catskills, Hawk's Nest 2
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed, also signed titled and dated on the reverse
Sunset Over Catskills, Hawk\'s Nest, New York - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Catskills, Hawk's Nest, New York
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed, also signed titled and dated on the reverse
Sunset Over Catskills - Hawks Nest 1 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Catskills - Hawks Nest 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Catskill Sunset 1 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Catskill Sunset 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Sunset Over Palisades, NY 2 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Palisades, NY 2
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Sunset Looking South Over Manhattan, from Dobbs Ferry - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Looking South Over Manhattan, from Dobbs Ferry
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Sunset over Palisades, NY 1 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades, NY 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Sunset over New York City from Dobbs Ferry 1 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over New York City from Dobbs Ferry 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Forgiveness, Greenwich Point Park, CT - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Forgiveness, Greenwich Point Park, CT
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Signed
Final Lights Over Hunter Mountain - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Final Lights Over Hunter Mountain
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
Forgiveness 1 (Greenwich Point Park, CT) - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Forgiveness 1 (Greenwich Point Park, CT)
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 18 inches
Signed
Pink and Gold Sunset - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Pink and Gold Sunset
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
Final Sunburst, Hunter Mountain - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Final Sunburst, Hunter Mountain
Oil on canvas on board
5 x 8 inches
Signed
Dragontail Sunset - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Dragontail Sunset
Oil on canvas on board
4 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches
Signed
Sunset Oregon Coast - Yachats - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Oregon Coast - Yachats
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
Storm King - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Storm King
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 12 inches
Signed
Catskill Mountains, New York: Sunset - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Catskill Mountains, New York: Sunset
Oil on panel
5 x 8 inches
Signed
Sunset Over Nyack - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack
Oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Exhibited Works
Fire and Ice - Sunset Over NYC, 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Fire and Ice - Sunset Over NYC, 2019
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 9 inches
Signed
The Eternal Now, St. Mary\'s Lake, Montana, 2019
 - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Eternal Now, St. Mary's Lake, Montana, 2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
Signed
Flume Falls - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Flume Falls
Oil on panel
16 x 12 inches
Signed
Fresh Water Sunrise - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Fresh Water Sunrise
Oil on panel
18 x 24 inches
Signed
Meditation Falls: Eros Flows Through My Veins Like A Wet Soul - Ken Salaz
Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Meditation Falls: Eros Flows Through My Veins Like A Wet Soul
Oil on panel
18 x 24 inches
Signed

BIOGRAPHY - Ken Salaz (Born 1970)

Ken Salaz

'Like Painting A Speeding Bullet,' Landscape Master Ken Salaz Depicts Tactile Feeling Of Nature, Sun 

Forbes article by Natasha Gural

 

Although he was born in Bakersville, California, Ken Salaz spent the first five years of his life near Guadalajara, Mexico. The four Salaz children not only grew up bilingual, but also with an uncommonly broad perspective on the world. Returning to the US in 1975, the family briefly moved to Phoenix and then to Tucson where Salaz’s paternal grandmother lived. This early exposure to his father’s and grandmother’s Yacqui culture would prove to be a significant influence in Salaz’s painting; the landscape of Arizona has likewise remained a touchstone.

The family moved again in 1977 to Huntington, West Virginia, and it was there that the seven-year-old Salaz first realized that he wanted to become an artist. A case of the flu and an earache had kept him home from school, and being bored, he started to add muscles on his figure drawings. As he worked on his project, he felt a sense of recognition that art was his particular strength; and resolved that he would become a “serious artist”. When his father gave him a drafting table for his eighth birthday, he proclaimed that he would become “better than Picasso” and produced a watercolor of a bird in flight to prove his point.

Salaz’s parents were supportive of their son’s interest in art—and in magic which also fascinated him—throughout his school years. The public schools in Huntington offered standard art classes, but young Salaz was interested in exploring non-formulaic possibilities, especially those that would yield a sense of astonishment, wonder and beauty. For him, this was one of the connections between performing magic and painting, and he was rapidly developing both of these skills.

He graduated from high school in 1988 and left West Virginia with a scholarship to study art at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. He stayed only a year before moving on to Cooper Union in New York city where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992. During his summer breaks from Cooper Union, he had begun to travel the world, and after graduation, he spent three years traveling, performing magic and learning everything he could about the magical arts. From Asia to Central and South America, he absorbed esoteric knowledge from “shamans, gypsies, psychics, pickpockets and thieves.” [i] In Europe, he also spent hours in museums, copying the master painters of the western tradition; as he remarks, it provided him with his “real education in painting.” Not surprisingly, he was also drawing and painting all the regions of the world that he visited.

When he returned to New York city in 1993, he began to sell some of his paintings, almost exclusively figurative work at the time, to a small group of collectors; some of those individuals still remain patrons. As a young artist, however, Salaz was also working at a variety of jobs, including cabinet making, bartending, and performing magic. Gradually, his work as a magician became his primary source of income, and for the next decade, Salaz traveled extensively, building both his reputation and skill as a magician—and painting when he could. The balance between magic and art has always been at the heart of Salaz’s career.

By 2008, Salaz was a well-established magician with an increasingly impressive client list. He performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to rave reviews resulting in a notable boost in his bookings. A year earlier he had met his future wife Camie, who is also a painter, and by 2008, his career as a artist reached a significant turning point when he received a Hudson River Fellowship from Jacob Collins’ Water Street Atelier.

Collins established the Water Street Atelier in the 1990s as a classical art school; in 2007, he created the Hudson River Fellowship with the goal of building “a new movement of American art, modeling itself after the artistic, social and spiritual values of the Hudson River School painters. It will bring together the reawakening enthusiasm for the old American painters, the vigorous but unfocused scene of contemporary landscape painting and the urgent need for a renewed reverence for the land. By bringing back the skills and spirit of the pre-impressionist landscape painters the program will give much needed direction to a new generation of painters.” [ii]

For Salaz, one of the earliest recipients of the fellowship, this opportunity to spend nearly a month focusing exclusively on landscape painting triggered another moment of recognition. As he explains it, “The fellowship solidified the direction I wanted to go. It brought together the language of classical painting and the wild reverent spiritual relationship to nature and the sun.” The two cultural streams of Salaz’s life and experience were united: the western classical art he had been studying for years merged with the Yacqui traditions of his father’s family that were grounded in nature.

In 2009 he received a second Hudson River Fellowship and embarked on an arduous study of Greek philosophy and transcendentalism. Plato’s concept of ideal beauty as a reflection of the temporal beauty of the world finds an American expression in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman. For the transcendentalists and their counterparts in the visual arts, the wild landscapes of New England could also be transformed into Platonic embodiments of ideal beauty and harmony. For Salaz, a raw plein air sketch reveals the underlying ideals of natural beauty in the form of a finished painting that emphasizes the humility of human beings in the presence of nature.

Not surprisingly, Salaz and his wife left New York city to settle in the Hudson River Valley where their son was born in 2010. Painting became increasingly central to Salaz’s life, and after an unsuccessful venture with some television producers, he shifted the balance between magic and art. Increasingly, he began to reserve blocks of time for painting in the Catskills and traveling to the coasts of Oregon and Washington as well as making yearly visits to Arizona. In 2008, he received a Marchutz Scholarship to study in Aix-en-Provence in southern France, and he has continued to spend extended periods of time there.

Salaz is still a working magician, but his time is now devoted primarily to work in the studio, teaching and being a father. He is also a senior fellow at the Hudson River Fellowship where he teaches other fellowship recipients every summer. The painters of the Hudson River School, particularly Frederick Edwin Church, have become a sustained influence on his work as has the painting of Ivan Shishkin, one of the Russian landscape artists associated with the independent group known as The Wanderers. [iii]

Exhibitions and awards have been abundant since Salaz turned his attention to landscape painting. In addition to participating in numerous juried exhibitions, he was a finalist at the Art Renewal Center Salon in 2013; and he received the Grand Prize at the Cranford, New Jersey Plein Air Competition that same year. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon.

Looking at the future, Salaz voices an interest in exploring the possibility of incorporating figures into his landscapes. Combining these two genres would allow him to integrate his love of both figure painting and landscapes. Teaching is likely to be an important part of the future as well, and a new book on classical landscape techniques and philosophy is scheduled for publication in 2018. Although Salaz describes the last decade as a whirlwind, he seems to have emerged from it having fully embraced that sense of recognition that characterized that seven-year-old boy determined to be a “serious artist”.

Janet Whitmore, Ph.D.


[i] See Salaz’s website, Astonishmentinc.com

[ii] See http://www.jacobcollinspaintings.com/teaching.html

[iii] In Russia, this nineteenth century group was called Peredvishniki. They broke from the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg in 1863 to form a cooperative artists society that would emphasize images of daily life and bring art to the people throughout the Russian empire.