2018 Winter Park Paint Out Artist  



"Palm at Sunset"
12x9, Pastel (2209)

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Gary Rupp

Winter Park, FL


"Life has a way of pushing aside the soul. Art reminds us we have one. Just as a musician selects from a cacophony of sounds to make music, my job as a painter is to organize the colors surrounding us into something beautiful called a painting."


Artwork from the 2018 Paint Out

"Back Alley"
9x10, Pastel (2220)

"Red Dawn"
12x16, Pastel (2267)

"The Lake"
12x9, Pastel (2299)

"The Bigelow House"
12x12, Pastel (2324)

"Genius Cypress"
10x8, Pastel (2348)

"Morning Light Breaks"
11x9, Pastel (2426)

"Winter Park Beauties"
9x11, Pastel (2433)

Background Information

Gary Rupp's experience with plein air painting came when he was studying art at Wheaton College. He completed a minor in studio art, but after graduation pursued a different career path. Several years ago Gary's interest in painting outdoors was reawakened and he again training with Michael Chesley Johnson, Maggie Price and Albert Handell. He discovered pastels provide him the purest and most natural colors available for his paintings. The combination of plein air and pastels drew him in quickly and this has become the primary focus of his art.

Gary is grateful for his recent election to McRae Studios which provides a wonderful opportunity to work alongside very talented artists. He currently serves as the Vice President of The Appalachian Pastel Society with a focus on plein air events. Gary is thankful for the Florida Painters, a group of central Florida artists who are passionate for plein air and share his joy of painting the light.

Awards and Exhibitions

  • The 2014 Appalachian Pastel Society National Exhibition, The Bascom Highlands, NC
  • The 2014 3rd Annual North Carolina Juried Pastel Exhibition, Charlotte, NC
  • Honorable Mention The Appalachian Pastel Society Juried Member Show 2013, Black Mountain, NC
  • Appalachian Pastel Society Elected Vice President 2014-2015
  • Recently Elected Member of McRae Studios



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