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Aaron Schuerr

St. Andrews, a medieval Scottish city built on headlands overlooking the North Sea, makes a dramatic profile when seen from sweep of beach to the south. It was the subject of Aaron Schuerr's first landscape, a simple charcoal drawing done during his studies at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland. That day changed everything. Without even knowing what a "plein air painter" was, Schuerr had become one. During his final year abroad, Schuerr explored the Scottish countryside almost daily, first working in charcoal, and then, as his confidence increased, with pastel.

In 1995 Schuerr received his fine art degree and returned to the U.S. He married a Montana girl and followed her out west. For the first year he had no studio, so he was forced to brave the often savage of Montana weather in order to paint. It was the best training an artist can have.

Aaron now lives in Livingston, Montana with his wife and three sons. Though he now has a large studio to work out of, he still advocates painting directly from nature as much as possible. He teaches plein air workshops, and is writing three articles for The Pastel Journal in 2012. When not painting in the field, he can be found on stage, most recently playing Friar Lawrence in production of Romeo and Juliet.

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 Third Place in Plein Air Magazine 's "Plein Air Salon"
  • 2011 "Best Quick Draw" Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter Show
  • 2010 Gold Medal for the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100
  • 2005 Gold Medal for the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100

Shows and Exhibitions

  • 2012 Scottsdale Salon, Legacy Gallery
  • 2011, 2010 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
  • 2005-2012 CM Russell Art Auction
  • 2008 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show
  • 2008 Pastel Society of America National Show


  • 2012 Plein Air Magazine, Oct/Nov feature article
  • 2012 Art Journeys America: Landscapes a landscape survey published by Northlight Books
  • 2011 Southwest Art
  • 2010 Southwest Art, Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine
  • 2010 Big Sky Journal (Schuerr wrote an article about plein air painting in Yellowstone in winter.)