Theodore Payne Gallery

The Theodore Payne Gallery at our Sun Valley headquarters is open to the public during business hours. Three exhibitions are offered each year, featuring contemporary, modern and historic artists whose work is influenced by our state flora, landscape and natural history.

Current Exhibition


Illuminations: Oil Paintings by Andrew Danielsen

Andrew Danielsen
Dry River Oaks
18″ x 24″, oil on canvas, 2018     (This piece depicts an area near Montecito and was begun by the artist before the recent Thomas fire and mudslides.)

Saturday, February 10, through Saturday, April 21, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 1:00-3:00pm,
with Artist Talk at 2:00pm – Refreshments will be served.

Andrew Danielsen created an exclusive, six-piece body of artwork for his solo exhibition at the Theodore Payne Foundation. This series, entitled Illuminations, highlights the native flora of California. In 2017, Andrew traveled through Central and Southern California collecting images of the natural landscapes and used these images as the basis for the series. Andrew has a strong affinity for trees, especially oaks, and represents them often in his paintings. With the Illuminations series, he sought to represent, at least in part, the diversity of landscapes in our state, e.g., a desert, a mountain, and a central coast scene, plus three from the central highlands.

Andrew’s paintings are inspired by nature, in particular by the effects of light at different times of day, especially during what he terms “the golden hour.” He draws inspiration from the work of early 20th Century painter Maxfield Parrish, known for his brilliant use of light and color. To emulate the qualities of Parrish, Andrew created the show’s artwork using an adapted painting technique similar to that used by the earlier artist. This consisted of layering translucent oil paint glazes, starting with white highlights and blue shadows, and then building colors layer by layer, such as a red layer on top of a blue layer to create purple. This style of painting allows colors to be mixed and enhanced as light passes through the layers, resulting in a vibrant color palette.

With this exhibition, Andrew hopes to illuminate the beauty of California landscapes, as well as inspire others to protect and care for our remaining wild lands.


Andrew Danielsen is a self-taught artist who has been painting for the past 15 years. He grew up in rural southeast Pennsylvania, where the wild lands fueled his desire to create art. His love of nature led him to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.

Since college, Andrew has resided in California, where he has elevated his love for art and the environment to new heights as a professional fine art painter and landscape designer.

Andrew has been featured in a variety of galleries across the U.S. and has completed several large mural installations.