Where do you see POWER? Where do you see BEAUTY? Doyle Hostetler sees both in the wildlife of the West and shares them with us in his soft yet dynamic, monochromatic paintings.
“The visions I’m having, need to be put on the canvas.”— Doyle Hostetler
Doyle Hostetler grew up in Colorado where the mountains and the animals became a part of him. After 30 years of design and illustration in architecture and construction, he now concentrates on his wildlife artwork. He finds that illustration, rendering, and design have translated well to oil painting. His subject matter is wildlife and all of its power and beauty.
While Doyle continues to paint with his distinct monochromatic style, he has been adding more subject matter, developing the setting more, and pushing his composition. “I like to paint off-center, and the visions I’m having, need to be put on the canvas.” He finds inspiration in seeing other artists pushing the envelope with “great works that may be viewed as out of their normal lane.”
Doyle’s happy place is knee-deep in a wild river in the middle of nowhere, fly-fishing, with “no people, no human sounds, just raw nature.” He searches out and frequents places that are known for their desolation, wildlife, and openness. Viewing his travels across the western United States as therapy, he personally delivers new works to galleries, preferring the smaller roads that let him enjoy his van and the joy found in the freedom of the road.
This month, Doyle’s work is being featured in a one-man show, “Power and Beauty,” during Durango’s Fall Gallery Walk. With 10-15 new works, including several large-scale paintings, one measuring 7 feet by 6 feet, Doyle brings the power and beauty of western wildlife right before us. Some of the wildlife subjects have hooves (moose, bighorn sheep, bison), others have paws (bobcats, wolves, cougars), and others have wings (owls, hawks). The show opens with an artist reception from 5:00-7:00 pm on September 16, 2022, at the gallery’s downtown Durango, Colorado location, 828 Main Ave, and continues through September 30, 2022.
“Doyle’s ability to capture wild, majestic creatures with a soft, muted palette lets the viewer interact with, and connect with, the power of nature. We can renew our own power with those soothing, strengthening encounters.”— Shanan Campbell, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery