|Dawn, High Tide-Navesink River by Skip Whitcomb,
oil painting on linen, 10 x 20.
Skip Whitcomb: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Born in 1946, M.W. Skip Whitcomb has been interested in art
since his childhood on a ranch near Sterling, Colorado. However, Whitcomb
decided to pursue a professional artistic career only when a university drawing
professor provided the encouragement he needed. Whitcomb enrolled at the Art
Center College of Design, in Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of
Fine Arts in 1971. Whitcomb's artistic career was advanced further when he
moved back to Colorado and became acquainted with the Denver group, a
loosely-affiliated but highly energetic group of traditional painters,
draftsmen, and sculptors instrumental in helping Whitcomb become established as
an artist. He has been painting ever since.
For Whitcomb, painting is just one facet of the creative
process, one that equally includes literature and music: Whitcomb learns as
much about his work from the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Claude Debussy as he
does from classic painters. Each of Whitcomb's oil paintings goes through a unique
evolutionary process from sketch to field study to finished image. Whether
working with oil or pastel, Whitcomb is conscious of every stroke, every mark.
Each element of his painting is relevant and deliberate, combining to create
within the viewer some emotion, some observation that the artist makes about
the world itself.
"The most obvious way to paint nature is standing in the
middle of it," Whitcomb says. "If I keep an open mind, I see all these
wonderful relationships and juxtapositions I could never invent in the studio.
I try to look at the landscape as if I were seeing it for the very first time.
You have to paint from inside yourself; otherwise you are simply recording like
a camera. There really is a higher reality."
has participated in gallery shows and invitational museum exhibitions
throughout the country, including those at The National Academy, in New York
City; The Gilcrease Museum of the Americas, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the National
Academy of Western Art, in Oklahoma City; and the Bradford Brinton Museum, in
Big Horn, Wyoming. Whitcomb, who is listed in Who's Who in American Art, is a
past winner of the Grand Prize in Pastel Journal's international juried
competition. He and his paintings have been featured in numerous magazines,
including Southwest Art, American Artist, and Plein Air. His work is in several
public and private collections, such as those of Santa Fe Railroad, in Chicago,
Merrill Lynch, in New York City, and Sen. Alan K. Simpson and Sen. John Warner.
Whitcomb is also a signature member of Plein-Air Painters of America and a
respected instructor of numerous workshops each year. He is represented by
Gerald Peters Gallery, in Santa Fe, and Simpson Gallagher Gallery, in Cody,
Wyoming. For more information on Whitcomb, visit his website.
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