The skill for a plein air painter is in knowing when to quit, refraining from overworking a canvas. Instead the painter gives you just enough to make you feel like you know the place or thing emerging in front of you. With a singularity of purpose, Kyle Paliotto is this kind of painter, an alchemist who conjures imagery from deftly applied bits of color, contrasting light and dark to evoke something just beyond emotion.

Citing the influences of such painters as John Singer Sargent and Frans Hal, Paliotto has created a body of work that captures the essence of northwestern life ranging from pastoral scenes to winters and waterways. His first solo exhibition at The Art Spirit Gallery in Cda opens June 5.