Landscape painter, instructor, and author
Mitchell Albala

mitchell-albala-magicianFor 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. A national bestseller with over 30,000 copies sold, it has been called “a new classic in landscape art” [Katherine Tyrell, Making a Mark].

My atmospheric and semi-abstracted landscapes (see portfolio site), have been exhibited in New York, Portland (Oregon) and Seattle, where I am 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. “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 CenterArtEast, and in 2015, Arte Umbria in Italy. I have also taught at Seattle Central Community College and Art Institute of Seattle. My workshop, Understanding Composition through Shape and Notan, is the only workshop of its type. It is redefining the way the notan can be used by contemporary artists and is a powerful introduction to composition.

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.

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 HoffmannPatty Haller, and Michael Stasinos.

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