2020 Monuments & Canyons Artist: Loren Eakins

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Loren Eakins is both an artist and a biologist, he received a B.F.A. in Illustration from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a B.S. in Biology from Colorado Mesa University. Loren’s interest in both art and science have been life long and come from a desire to understand and immerse himself in the natural world. As a biologist he has worked with moose, rare desert plants, migratory birds, birds of prey, tropical bats, tropical caterpillars, Ecuadorian birds and is currently working with fish in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.
While creating art he strives to capture the beauty of the natural landscape and how we as humans fit into it. Typically working in Plein Air (outside on location) he primarily uses watercolor to explore these relationships. “Watercolor is unrestrained and has a will of its own, it allows me to cut loose after the constraints of the scientific method; I also love how difficult it is, it’s like trying to paint with a rainstorm or a waterfall.” While the bulk of Loren’s work is focused on the landscape he also spends time in the figure studio, painting commissions, and illustrating scientific discoveries.