Landscape painter, instructor, and author Mitchell Albala

Mitchell Albala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Author Mitchell Albala, posing alongside his book in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s bookstore, New York, 2012.

For more than 25 years, I have been a dedicated landscape painter and teaching artist. My book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice was published by Watson-Guptill/Random House in 2009. It is the best selling landscape painting book at and in currently in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art bookstore.

My atmospheric and semi-abstracted landscapes (see portfolio site), have been exhibited in New York, Portland (Oregon) and Seattle, where he is represented by Lisa Harris Gallery. My most recent exhibition in March 2014, Acceptance, depicts historical events with brilliant colors and an outward beauty the belies their disturbing content. “It’s beauty to ease the horror, and horror to make the beauty unsettling” writes SeattleMet. “He has transcended painterly realism and suggests its possible fate in the present century,” says Matthew Kangas in Visual Art Source.

My teaching résumé includes 17 years with Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and, more recently, Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, and ArtEast. I have has also taught at Seattle Central Community College and Art Institute of Seattle. My workshop, Understanding Composition through Shape and Notan, has helped popularize the notan and redefine how it can be used by contemporary artists.

Additionally, I have lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazine (UK). In 2013, a two part series, The Power of Notan in Landscape Composition was published in International Artist.

In 2010 I had the honor of jurying four exhibitions: the Seattle Co-Arts 60th Annual Art Show, Art Kudos International Art Competition and Exhibition, the Plein Air Painters’ U.S. Open, and the Annual Student Exhibition at Pacific Lutheran University. In 2013 I juried the Students of Tom Hoffman, Watercolor Retrospective in Seattle. In 2014 I juried  the

I am also an accomplished designer and website developer. I developed this educational blog, as well as my own portfolio site and the sites of several notable artists including Tom Hoffmann, Patty Haller, and the Gage Academy of Art website.

About the Author

Mitchell Albala is the author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009). A best-seller, the book has sold over 30,000 copies and is regarded as the "new classic of landscape." A respected teaching artist for more than 25 years, Mitchell currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art, Pacific Northwest Art School, artEast, and in 2015 Arte Umbria in Italy. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. He is represented by Lisa Harris Gallery. See his paintings at