Dave Santillanes, Oils

Beneath the Tetons
Beneath the Tetons

Oil, 30x30, framed Sold


Oil, 30x40, framed Sold

Last Light in the Canyon Study
Last Light in the Canyon Study

Oil, 12x24, framed Sold

Down by the Creek
Down by the Creek

Oil, 9x12, framed Sold

Memories of the Fremont
Memories of the Fremont

Oil, 16x38, framed Sold

January on the Poudre
January on the Poudre

Oil, 24x48, framed Sold


Dave Santillanes

"In terms of composition, I look for simplicity amidst the chaotic. I've found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising it sense of place. To do this I'll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and use them for the underlying design concept. And because I've departed from a literal interpretation, I'm free to rearrange elements to fit this concept.

Capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere. These elements are both beautiful and elusive and to capture them faithfully requires direct observation and study."



  • 2012 - Landscape Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America 21st National Show, Evergreen, CO

  • 2012 - Southwest Art Award of Excellence - Weekend in the West, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO

  • 2011 – Best Painting – Main Street Paintout – 7th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

  • 2011 – Best of Show – Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational

  • 2010 – Bronze Medal Award – Oil Painters of America 19th National Show, Scottsdale, AZ

  • 2010 – Judges Award – Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

  • 2010 – People’s Choice – Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Crested Butte, CO

  • 2007 Wells Fargo Heritage Award-Northern Colorado Artist Association National Show

  • 2006 Artist's Choice-Estes Park Plein Air

  • 2005 Award Of Merit-RMPAP-Grand Teton Invitational-Jackson, WY

  • 2004 Signature Membership-Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters

  • 2004 Award Of Merit-RMPAP-Estes Park Plein Air 2004-Estes Park, CO



  • 2012 Oil Painters of America 21st National Show, Evergreen, CO

  • 2012 Oil Painters Of America-2008 Western Regional, Denver, CO

  • 2008 Oil Painters Of America-2008 Western Regional, Coeur d'Alene, ID

  • 2008 Oil Painters of America-17th National Show, Missoula, MT

  • 2007 Northern Colorado Artist Assoc National Juried Show, Fort Collins, CO

  • 2007 Nomades del Arte Show 2007 Santa Fe, NM