Saim Caglayan was born in Istabul, Turkey and came to the United States in 1968. Saim has been plein air painting the landscapes of the California desert, coastline and Islands of Hawaii for many years now.
In 1966 he founded LPAPA, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. His goal was to revive the tradition of the early California painters who had lived and painted in Laguna Beach. Today LPAPA has become a vibrant force in the art community of California with an impressive membership from Hawaii to Florida.
Anza Borrego is a favorite destination for many plein air painters and Saim spends time each year there painting on location. Saim carries on the traditional plein air California impressionist style. He is a dedicated painter.
Fish Creek is a favorite spot to paint and camp. The lavender sky contrasts with the muddy orange smoke tree and gives the viewer a timeless feeling. The painting also carries some of the desert with it, there is a fine dusting of sand mingling with the oil paint. Proving it was truly painted in the plein air tradition.
Painted on location in San Juan Capistrano for the 2005 LPAPA Invitational exhibit. Available now, at Uchizono Gallery. See the link above for information about Saim Caglayan as well as my online gallery.
LAGUNA PLEIN AIR PAINTER ASSOCIATION