Larry Iwerks, Landscape Painter

Larry Iwerks, Landscape Painter

Western landscape scenery has much to offer to the photographer, painter, and hiking sightseer.  Before us are pathways leading to the contemplation of wilderness studies, and natural design- supporting the future by creating possible new discoveries, and connections to science and art.

Larry Iwerks paints watercolors and oil paintings from his studio/home in Santa Barbara, California, with excursions outward to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley, and cliff rock country of Utah, and, is currently working in support of a pending Bill to preserve Utah Public Lands, legislation entitled, “The Utah Redrock Wilderness Act”.

 Through educational art presentations and also aid in the form of financial support, Larry has been donating 50% of art sales to (wilderness-related) “Land Preservation” causes.  Many of the projects have been done in an effort to share the great American areas with current and future generations through a variety of formats including most recently, benefits for the Marin, the Big Sur, and Santa Barbara Land Trusts.  Other art efforts have included “The Nature Conservancy of Santa Cruz Island”, “Los Padres Forest Watch”, “Environmental Defense Center”, the “Channel Islands National Park”, and Desert Protective Council.

A Grand Canyon watercolor painting first gained Iwerks entry into the Arts for the Parks exhibit at the Smithsonian in 1989.  In 1992, he helped to coordinate an exhibit entitled “Oasis”, in support of the “California Desert Protection Act”( by 24 California artists) at the Cabrillo Arts Center in Santa Barbara, and soon thereafter was invited by Senators Alan Cranston, and John Seymour, to present the exhibit in the United States Senate Russell Rotunda, Washington D.C., for Senators and staff to citizen lobby for land preservation.

As a result of the “Oasis” Desert Exhibit was the gaining of four new Co-Sponsors to the California Desert Bill; Senators Kennedy, Wofford, Bradley, and Gore, (an Act which eventually passed in 1995).  The paintings continued to travel on to presentations at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Palm Desert Civic Center, the Santa Barbara City College, the Santa Maria Civic Center, and finally the Oakland Museum.


San Francisco State University
Santa Barbara City College, with Ron Robertson,  Robert Frame, Oscar Bucher
Santa Barbara Art Institute, with John Gorham, Ray Strong, & Douglass Parshall
Mendocino Art Center, with Ray Strong, George Post, & Olaf Palm

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  
Santa Barbara Public Library
UCSB - College of Creative Studies Gallery
UCSB Faculty Club Exhibit
Walt Disney Studios - Library Gallery
1987 “Arts for the Parks”, Jackson Hole, WY   Smithsonian - Washington, D.C.
“OASIS” in support of CA Desert Protect Act U.S Senate, Russell Bldg. Rotunda, Washington, D.C. 1992
“OASIS” Palm Desert Civic Center, Santa Maria Civic Center Gallery, Oakland Museum 1993

Commissioned Works
“SBCC College Series” - Gourmet Dining Room Santa Barbara City College
Dioramas - Chumash & Mammal Halls, Santa Barbara Museum Natural History
Mural – “Lake Tecopa” Post Office, Shoshone, CA (with Skip Smith)
Mural -  “Santa Barbara Vista” Butterfly Tunnel US HWY 101 & Butterfly Lane, Santa Barbara (with Skip Smith & Ray Strong, Landscape Painters).

Teaching Experience
Mendocino Art Center
Santa Barbara City College
 Continuing Education
Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art
U.S. House of Representatives, Interior Committee Room
National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Annandale Golf Course, Pasadena
Private Collections
(Partial list)