Plein Air and Landscape Painting by June Long-Schuman
Montauk Lighthouse, acrylic on canvas
June Long-Schuman is an artist based in Long Island, New York. The artist has a degree in art from the Pratt Institute, and has focused on printmaking as well as plein air and landscape painting. In her current practice, June produces a wide variety of works, all with a painterly, gestural approach.
Stony Brook Grist Mill, oil on canvas
I find June’s paintings, especially her landscapes, to be imbued with a certain sense of calm. The artist seems much less concerned with pure realism and detail than with capturing the overall feel and tone of a space or moment in time -- an attitude that aligns well with plein air painting.
Aside from her paintings, June also produces murals, jewelry, and monoprints. I really enjoy the artist’s Early Monoprints gallery -- the works here, mostly nudes and figure drawings, seem to represent a more involved, almost frantic style of art-making, as though the artist is working quickly to capture the most important formal aspects of a subject. There’s a great sense of energy in these works that belies the subdued colour schemes present therein.