"Near Kirtland NM," an oil painting by David Schroeder, is on display at San Juan College’s Humanities Art Gallery.
"Near Kirtland NM," an oil painting by David Schroeder, is on display at San Juan College's Humanities Art Gallery. (The Daily Times)
IF YOU GO

What: Water and Rocks, a David Schroeder exhibit

When: Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13

Where: Humanities Gallery, San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd.

Where: Location goes here

More info: 505-566-3464

Farmington — In the course of creating art, David Schroeder has found himself drawn to landscapes.

He said that he especially loves the Southwestern beauty of the plateaus and the mountains.

Schroeder's paintings are on display at the San Juan College Humanities Art Gallery.

As a child, Schroeder often looked at his older brother's art. He said the art impressed him, and he was determined to learn how to do what his brother was doing.

Schroeder's elementary school offered art classes every other Wednesday. On that day, Schroeder said he would walk to school "dreaming about what I was going to put on paper."

When he reached high school, he discovered his father had been an oil painter and still had some of the oil paints. He asked if he could use them. The paints opened him up to using colors in addition to forms, he said.

Schroeder does both plein air and studio art. Plein-air art is done outside while looking at the subject of the painting.

Schroeder said plein air is a little more difficult than studio art because "you have to move around, jump around."

However, he enjoys that challenge. Being outside allows him to feel the wind and listen to the birds as he paints.

"You feel like you're a part of the picture," Schroeder said.

The majority of the paintings he is displaying at San Juan College feature either rocks or water. Some include both. Schroeder said he is drawn to rocks and water, especially the rocks in this area.

"Mitten at Monument Valley," an oil painting by David Schroeder, is on display at San Juan College’s Humanities Art Gallery.
"Mitten at Monument Valley," an oil painting by David Schroeder, is on display at San Juan College's Humanities Art Gallery. (The Daily Times)

"They stand out and say, 'I'm here,'" Schroeder said.

Although he initially taught himself to paint, Schroeder eventually started taking classes. He said that San Juan College has talented art instructors. In order to learn from a teacher, he said, first you have to respect their art.

Art is a process that keeps evolving, Schroeder said.

Schroeder, a former math teacher, compared art to math. He explained that in both subjects there is always something new to explore.

"Art is not static where you can say, 'OK, I know it all,'" Schroeder said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover