Armed with his canvases, easel, and pastels, en plein air artist Aaron Schuerr takes to the great outdoors to capture some of America’s most stunning landscapes. From the forests of Yellowstone National Park to the beaches of Laguna Beach, each artwork captures the beauty and tranquility of nature’s fleeting moments in vibrant, chalky hues.
Schuerr’s ever-growing portfolio clearly showcases his love of nature—from clouds and waves to lakes and trees, each element is rendered in the artist’s distinct style. “The heart of my work is in the outdoors, absorbing the pattern of light on the landscape,” says Schuerr. “The open air is my stage, and in the best moments, I am lost in it.”
Schuerr often photographs his work while it’s still on the easel, outside, with the real scene behind it. Each piece looks so true to reality, that his canvases appear to blend into the surrounding landscapes. The artist’s tray of colorful pastels are often included in the shot, revealing the range colors he uses to create each artwork.
Scroll down to check out some of Schuerr’s beautiful pastel art. Want to learn how to create art like his? Read our guide on how to draw with pastel sticks.