August 9-12 (4 days, Wed-Sat)     Fee $440

JERRY MARKHAM ~ Creating Dynamic Studio Paintings

About the workshop

Medium: acrylics, oils

Levels: advanced beginner to intermediate  in oils and/or acrylics

In this 4-day course students will begin by painting outdoors in a scenic area adjacent to the school. Those paintings, along with photo references and sketches, will be used in class to create a larger, finished painting. Gathering information, learning what is needed, and disregarding the rest while in the field is an important part of outdoor painting, and an exercise that is invaluable for all landscape paintings. Students will learn what makes a good painting photo, and how to capture photos that will be useful. Value, colour and temperature — all things often distorted in photographs — will also be studied. Fundamentals of composition, values, edges and colour and what is needed to create a dynamic studio painting will then be discussed.

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About the artist

Jerry enjoys painting a variety of subject matter including landscapes, figures, urban scenes, and anything that captures his interest. Painting for him is not so much about the subject as what draws and inspires him to paint each piece and how it is expressed.

“Jerry paints wonderful traditional landscapes, contemporary urban scenes, and near-abstract work, and his vibrant palette is reminiscent of Carl Rungius’ plein-air paintings. Very few artists have that kind of depth in their portfolio,” says Greg Fulton, owner of Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, Wyoming who represents Jerry’s work.

Always the consummate student, he continually strives to evolve and grow as a painter, often tackling subject matter that challenges him, whether by pushing the composition, altering light or color, or experimenting with how the paint is applied.

“I want to capture the essence of a subject more than the specifics. If the work is loose and a bit undone, there is more room for the viewer to interpret, to access the painting through their own imaginings.”

Markham, age 37, has been painting full-time for over 12 years. He currently lives in the Okanagan valley of British Columbia with his wife Leah.

Jerry’s work has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture, and International Artist, seen recognition through awards and can be found in galleries in North America.

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