By: Southwest Art | October 13, 2020
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COLORADO ARTIST Nathan Solano isn’t into labels. So when asked to define his style, he instead prefers to discuss what makes him tick as a painter: compelling design, color, balance, edges. Having worked for many years as an illustrator and an art director for numerous advertising agencies, Solano’s got a strong handle on it all. “I miss working with people and the deadlines—it was a rush,” he says.
Admittedly, it was a high-pressure profession, adds Solano, but it instilled in him a sense of discipline that’s been useful since he began painting full time at age 40. From his studio in downtown Pueblo, he has explored a variety of themes in his oil paintings, including Native American figures and working cowboys and their horses—subjects the artist photographed (usually from his own perch atop a horse) when he cowboyed on Colorado ranches. In September, five western works by Solano appeared in the prestigious Quest for the West sale at the Eiteljorg Museum; two paintings sold on opening night.
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