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 nearly 40,000 copies in print, it has been called “a new classic in landscape art” [Katherine Tyrell, Making a Mark].


High Road Toward Sunset, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches.

My atmospheric, semi-abstract, and pattern-oriented landscapes have been exhibited in New York, Portland (Oregon) and Seattle, where I was represented by Lisa Harris Gallery from 2007 to 2016. My most recent series, Azure and Asphalt, explores these aesthetics in the urban landscape: the patterns and rhythms found in illuminated streets and rooftops at sunset. About my 2014 Acceptance series, Matthew Kangas in Visual Art Source wrote“He has transcended painterly realism and suggests its possible fate in the present century.”

My teaching résumé includes 19 years with Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, as well as Pacific Northwest Art School. I led painting adventures in Italy in 2015 with Arte Umbria and in 2017 with Winslow Art Center. My popular workshop, Understanding Composition through Shape and Notan, has been 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. In October 2016 the distinguished French magazine, Practique des Arts, published a feature story about my paintings. My popular painting blog was awarded the the #12 spot on’s Top 75 Painting Blogs. It serves as a companion to his book with regular painting lessons and “studio visits” that explore my process.

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