Landscape painter, instructor, and author Mitchell Albala

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. Now a national bestseller with over 34,000 copies in print, it has been called “a new classic in landscape art” [Katherine Tyrell, Making a Mark].

My atmospheric and semi-abstracted landscapes have been exhibited in New York, Portland (Oregon) and Seattle, where I am represented by Lisa Harris Gallery. My most recent exhibition, Acceptance, depicted 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,” wrote Matthew Kangas in Visual Art Source.

My teaching résumé includes 18 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, the only workshop of its type, is a powerful introduction to composition that is redefining the way notan 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.

I am also an accomplished designer and website developer. I developed this website and blog, as well as the sites for several notable artists including Tom HoffmannMichael Stasinos, and K.L. Wright.