Gary Worthan

I once asked an art instructor what was the best advice he could give me to improve as a painter” He said, “Keep your brushes wet!” Great advice for an artist!  Like all painters, Gary is constantly working to improve and become more accomplished. “Participating in classes taught by artists I admire has been essential for me as a painter. I spent years as a commercial artist/illustrator. The skills I learned will always be beneficial, but creating a fine art painting presents a different set of challenges”. Gary has participated in art exhibitions such as the “Celebration of Western Art” and the annual “American Plains Artists” competition. “I didn’t participate for many years, but realize now what a great opportunity these events can be for an artist. Having my artwork hanging alongside some very fine paintings is so important, and is a wonderful learning tool. I truly believe that constructive criticism is very crucial in developing as an artist. You have to develop a thick skin. Growing up, I had so much admiration for painters such as Robert Lougheed, the portraits by John Singer Sargent and especially art by Andrew Wyeth. Those painters inspired me as a youngster. I would search for any book or written article about these painters as well as others, and spend hours reading about their lives, their approach and theories of creating wonderful art. Andrew Wyeth was one of my favorites. He was able to take any ordinary object or landscape and turn into a captivating work of art! I love to paint everything! Figurative, portraiture, landscapes/seascapes and still life! In the past few years, I have discovered how much I enjoy painting subjects of my native Georgia. I suppose as I have grown older, just the simple beauty of this part of our country has become my inspiration.” Gary is a member of many art organizations including Oil Painters of America, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Booth Artists Guild, Bosque Arts Center, and American Plains Artists to name a few.Gary Worthan

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