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Skip Whitcomb

(b. 1946)

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Biography

Born in 1946, painter Skip Whitcomb has drawn, painted, and sculpted since his childhood on a ranch near Sterling, Colorado.  However, Whitcomb decision to pursue a career as a painter when a college drawing instructor provided the encouragement he needed.  That encouragement led to Whitcomb’s enrollment 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 impulse, 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 paintings goes through a unique evolutionary process, a process as important to the artist as the finished product.

The most obvious way to paint nature is standing in the middle of it.  If I keep an open mind, I see all these wonderful relationships and juxtapositions I could never invent in my studio.  I try to look at the landscape as if I’m 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.

                                                                                                                   Skip Whitcomb

Whitcomb has participated in gallery invitational shows and museum exhibitions throughout the country, including the National Academy, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Gilcrease Museum, 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 Competition.  He and his paintings have been featured in numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, American Artist, and Plein Air.  His works reside in numerous public and private collections, such as those of Merrill Lynch in New York City and Senators Alan K. Simpson and John Warner.  Whitcomb is also known as a painting teacher and conducts several workshops each year.