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Signature Profiles

H. "Rusty" Platz III


Skiing the See n' Ski.

 Clyde Park Elevator. 

Clyde Park Elevator. 

 Provo River Canyon. 

Provo River Canyon. 

Artist Bio

Better known as "Rusty" to his friends, he graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. He has been a painter in the Seattle area for over forty years and prior to that in Los Angeles. He is currently, a life member and past president of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and a Signature Member in the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Rusty's paintings have appeared on calendars and greeting cards, in numerous publications, and in shows and exhibits throughout the United States, including the Puget Sound Area Exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington and the Northwest Watercolor Annual at the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington. As a result his paintings are enjoyed in many private, corporate, and public collections. For four years, he was an Air Force Artist through his affiliation with the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles; thus some of his paintings are in the U. S. Air Force Art Collection, in Washington, DC.

He is an accomplished plein air painter who has painted on location through out the United States and Canada, with most of his work being done in watercolor and oils.  The attention to color and mood in his paintings is arrived at through his determination to sketch and paint on the spot whenever he can. It was during his training at the Art Center that he really fell in love with sketching and painting on location. This can best be described in his own words. "For me my best approach to painting is on location where I can achieve a union with the subject matter at a particular point in time. Being there I can respond and capture the subject matter better than at any other time. You can see it, feel it, and smell it all at the same instant and this produces an adrenaline type of sensual observation which can't be achieved in any studio, or from photographs. It frees you to make adjustments in composition to best exemplify the scene you are trying to capture and analyze the subtleties of color. This is where it’s important for artists to be able to sketch and record things that they see, and thus improve their flexibility in treating, various subject matter."

If Rusty isn't painting or visiting with people stopping by his studio and home in Bothell, Washington to view his current paintings, then he's either out painting or fishing at his second home and studio on the Chiwawa River on the east slope of the Washington Cascades.