Arlon Rosenoff of northern Idaho paints quickly – and profusely – to capture light and movement | Home | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest


Paint and brushes go hand in hand for artists, but Arlon Rosenoff’s favorite tool is the palette knife, a small spatula often used for mixing paint, but also for applying and removing larger amounts of paint. ‘a surface. Available in angular and rounded shapes, palette knives allow Rosenoff to engage with painting in tactile, even sculptural, ways to create paintings that are somewhat impressionistic – as opposed to photorealistic.

“I love the very sensual process of spreading colorful, oil-based paint with a palette knife,” says Rosenoff, whose technique of starting and ending a painting in a single period of time is very popular. call alla prima.

Most of the time he paints “live” in front of his subject – a style called outside – but he also built a 400 square foot studio on the top floor of his home in Rathdrum, Idaho. He finishes, frames and packages 70 to 80 paintings per year.

“I’ve done about 900 paintings over the past 13 years and sold most of them,” says Rosenoff, who has been painting seriously since 2008 – landscapes, cityscapes and water scenes, bikes and old cars, people and sometimes even more. life.

Photo by Carrie Scozzaro

The cozy space with the extraordinarily bright, north-facing skylights has enough room for a few works of art, including Rosenoff’s 1994 painting of the first two gliders Rosenoff ever flew (on the old airstrip behind what is now the Silverwood Theme Park).

Although he was interested in art – drawing when he grew up in Mead and doing odd jobs in the 1980s for the Spokane Art School, where he had learned a few painting techniques – Rosenoff enjoyed flying more. He discovered theft when he was 13, spending the summer on his uncle’s farm in Colorado. Before starting a grueling, monotonous day on the tractor, Rosenoff and his uncle set off for a quick flight.

He attended Spokane Falls Community College and eventually moved to Arizona, where he attended Arizona State University and also taught gliding. Many pilots teach to gain experience, Rosenoff says, but for him it was more than that: he loved to teach.

Photo by Carrie Scozzaro

Rosenoff has since completed pilot training for Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, Boeing and Empire Airlines, based in Hayden.

When a new job meant moving to Whidbey Island, he rediscovered another love: sailing, which he now practices in Bayview, Idaho. He remembers cruising Lac Coeur d’Alene with a high school friend, and also fondly remembers their visit to Harold Balazs’ MeadWorks studio.

Photo by Carrie Scozzaro

“I watched him create art and share with me the shop where he hand-built two wooden sailboats, including a foundry where he cast his own bronze accessories,” says Rosenoff. “I reconnected with him several years ago at the Art Spirit gallery in Coeur d’Alene, where we once again discussed sailing – much to the delight of both of us.”

Locally, Rosenoff is represented by Angel Gallery of Antiques and Fine Arts & Antiques in Coeur d’Alene and MacDonald’s Resort in Bayview.


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