“Jazz and Classical music have always provided a guiding spirit to my work, as I use color to excite the eye and move the spirit of those who see my work. I love to share the mystery of image making and the relation of form and colors that emerge into being via the hand of the artist.”
Born 1948 in the deserts of Arizona, Gary Hopkins soon moved to Oregon where he was raised and has spent most of his adult life. He received a Bachelor’s of Science from Oregon State University (1970), then serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. Upon his return from the Peace Corps her earned a degree in Computer Science from Lane Community College and spending nearly 40 years as a programmer working for various governmental and corporate businesses.
“This allowed me to pursue my artistic interests without the necessity of trying to make a living as an artist. After painting for over 50 years, and at the insistence of family and friends I decided share my work with the world by joining a variety of artistic forums, creating my own website, posting on Instagram (@gxhpainter) and entering calls for National and International exhibitions and art festivals that accepted digital paintings as a genre.
As a self-educated artist, I have painted since early childhood using traditional media, primarily watercolors but also worked in oils, acrylics, egg tempera, and gouache before switching to digital painting about 15 years ago. I love reading and have studied a wide variety of artists' works with my favorites being Wassily Kandinsky, Juan Miro, Richard Diebenkorn, Stuart Davis, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Milton Avery. I have tried to build upon what I have learned from studies of these masters and expand that knowledge into my own language of painting and color, emphasizing both the science and poetry of creative expression. Based on my experiences using traditional media, my digital paintings are built on the use of complex textures, and painterly edges that follow traditional rules of composition, color theory, and tonal balance. I love the bright flat colors of digital prints and use digital techniques to imply a depth of field not based on perspective but contrast and color balance.”
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