“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 the 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
Raised on a ranch near Sterling, Colorado, Whitcomb spent his summers Wyoming and the wide open spaces felt like home to him. An accomplished plein air painter, draftsman and printmaker, he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he received thorough training in drawing and painting. Whitcomb believes that "Drawing is the soul of painting." He carries a sketchbook with him everywhere he goes and paints studies on the spot. A large part of his year is spent traveling throughout the West, but he is also rejuvenated by seeing and painting new places in the world. Whitcomb is recognized by his peers as an "artist's artist" and looks to the classics in art and literature for inspiration. He makes his home in Fort Collins, CO. In 2009, Whitcomb will be holding workshops in Arizona, Washington, Wyoming, and California.