Many travelers take a camera to capture the beauty of the places they visit. Jan Norsetter employed en plein air oil painting to capture the beauty of Ireland and Scotland last year. Her “Ireland & Scotland Travel Paintings” will be exhibited at the Zazen Gallery in Paoli until June 3.

En plein air describes the art of painting outdoors and reproducing actual visual conditions seen at the time of painting. Artwork created en plein air has an infusion of the feeling and sense of place.

Norsetter and her husband spent two weeks in Scotland and four weeks in Ireland. Her goal was to paint every day; which, other than the days spent on a plane, she accomplished.

“I spent most of my time focused on painting — looking for locations that appealed to me, noticing the light and what time of day was best for a certain scene, and endlessly checking weather reports,” Norsetter said in her response to a request for information about the exhibit. She reported that they encountered a lot of good weather for painting; however, a couple of times the wind was so strong she painted from inside their rental car.

Their time in Scotland was spent in the highlands and Norsetter found so much to paint near Banavie and Gairlochy. County Cork and County Kerry were the main focus of their time in Ireland. Twelve plein air oil paintings of Scotland and 24 of Ireland are included in “Ireland & Scotland Travel Paintings.”

Norsetter not only paints landscapes en plein air, she also paints detailed still lifes, and practices the Norwegian decorative art of rosemaling. She teaches landscape painting and rosemaling, as well.

Zazen Gallery in Paoli was created in 1997 as a showroom for Richard Judd furniture and an exhibit space for fellow contemporary artists in all media.

— Robyn Norton

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Robyn Norton is a features assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.