The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters is a fellowship of professional artists living throughout the United States whose primary working method is to take their easels out of doors and work from direct, on-location observation of their subjects.

RMPAP’s mission is to increase public awareness and enthusiasm for plein air painting within the Rocky Mountain Region, to emphasize the significance of plein air painting in the American art tradition, and contribute to the collective enrichment of that tradition through events that welcome artists, art enthusiasts, and the general public, and offer them opportunities to see and learn about the artistic process and enjoy its products.

The guiding principle of the group, around which it was originally formed in 2001, is to create a collegial atmosphere among members that fosters camaraderie, friendship, professional development, and artistic excellence, and to offer opportunities for members to share their skills and their passion for plein air painting with each other and with the public through the organization of paint-outs and annual exhibitions.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven volunteers from within the group's membership. The current Board is headed by Jake Gaedtke, President and co-founder of the group, and also includes Bethanne Kinsella-Cople, Russ Tanner, Peggy Immel, Phil Wright, Erin C. O'Connor, and Stephen C. Datz. Many of our other members happily pitch in when called upon, and help us ensure that our events run smoothly and are professionally presented.

RMPAP is very much a group run by artists, for artists, and in many ways is an extended family of kindred spirits as much as it is an association of dedicated art professionals.



Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters is an association of professional artists. Membership in RMPAP is by invitation only.

Offers of memberships are only made to artists who have participated in one of our events as an invited guest. Our members receive first priority for show slots, so guest invitations are issued only when we have available space in a show. To be considered for a guest invitation, an artist must:

  • Be a professional artist working primarily en plein air.

  • Have a clear, concise, and easy to navigate website dedicated to their paintings and career.

  • Be represented by least one art gallery (co-ops and online marketing are not considered galleries).

  • Display a satisfactory level of professionalism and craftsmanship in their work.

Membership also requires participation in a minimum number of events, payment of annual dues, and payment of show fees as applicable. If you wish to be considered for a guest invitation, please use our contact tool to send us a link to your website. We generally jury applicants on an annual basis, and notify them of the status of their application once the jury process is complete.

Applicants who do not meet our criteria will not be considered.