Seeking inspiration during a gray, landlocked winter, David Kinker revisited his collection of Grand Canyon plein air paintings and his own photographic explorations, and discovered some gems yet to be fully explored.

His April show, “Painting Paradise,” opening April 5, from 4-8pm during the First Friday Gallery Walk at Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill District, is a pictorial, mark-making, colorful expression of a place where the scale and vistas, shapes and colors are a holy grail for artists.

“It is one thing to look down upon the canyon and glimpse a bit of the water below, and quite another as a river runner at river level, to feel the grandeur of this painted paradise,” Kinker says.

This show embodies his perceptions of a month-long journey on the Colorado River that few people have the chance to experience.

Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District open 7 days a week.; 541-385-9144.