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  • Visual Poetry: An interview with artist Joshua Baird, part 1

    Visual Poetry: An interview with artist Joshua Baird, part 1

    Artist Joshua Baird is as humble a person as he is talented an artist, traits that seem ineffably entwined in many of the most gifted and complex visual creators. This year has been an exciting one for Joshua, with a three-man show at the David Ericson Fine Art Gallery beside 'greats' G. Russell Case and George Handrahan and his Freshman juried entry into this year's Maynard Dixon Country Camp Out event in June beside 36 of the country's most prominent artists. I sat down with Joshua this week to talk about what got him started as a painter, why he thinks light is like jazz music and how Maynard Dixon can still stir his soul. Here's part 1 of May's artist feature interview with Joshua Baird:

  • The Maynard Dixon Home Story: An interview with Susan Bingham, part 1

    The Maynard Dixon Home Story: An interview with Susan Bingham, part 1

    In 1939, seminal American artist Maynard Dixon and his wife, fellow artist Edith Hamlin, fulfilled Maynard’s lifelong dream of escaping the hustle & bustle of the city for the slower pace of a life in the desert. They chose to build a small log homestead among a grove of cottonwood trees in the quaint town of Mt. Carmel, Utah. Centrally located between some of the country’s most stunning national parks, the idyllic setting couldn’t have been more perfectly suited to an artist. Maynard and Edith spent every spring and summer living, painting and exploring the 20 acres of their property and its surrounding area. The pastoral scenes, sweeping landscapes and endless skies that epitomize the area found themselves the subjects of many of Maynard’s most well-known pieces.

  • The Light of the Western Landscape: an interview with artist Lorenzo Chavez, part 2

    Light of the Western Landscape: an interview with artist Lorenzo Chavez, part 2

    Despite a mastery of his medium and extensive critical recognition, it's not the seduction of glory that thrills artist Lorenzo Chavez, it's something deeper and far more difficult to express. His motivation - the passion that's driven his brush since childhood, is the perpetual search for the magic that hides between the light and shadows, only exposed for fleeting moments in time to those watchful for it to make its appearance on the landscape.  This is part 2 of his story.

     

    Tbird: What is it that inspires you?

    L: You mentioned one word: Freedom and that rang a bell. I think that’s true today. There’s a great feeling of freedom to hop in the car and say, I’m driving through northern Arizona  or across the eastern plains of New Mexico, I often think of someone like Dixon who might have had to be on a horse; you know, much more slowed down than we are today. But I think there’s still that sense of freedom. Like, ‘wow, this still exists!’ So I find that highly inspirational. 

  • Light of the Western Landscape: an interview with artist Lorenzo Chavez, part 1

    Light of the Western Landscape: an interview with artist Lorenzo Chavez, part 1

    Artist Lorenzo Chavez has participated in Pastel Societies’ major exhibitions in 3 countries (America, Spain and France, for those keeping track), been featured in articles in just about every respected art publication in the United States (including Plein Air Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Pastel Journal and Art of the West, to name a few) and is represented by no fewer than five major fine art galleries and yet it’s his connection with the natural world around him that gets him most excited. “The colors, textures and light of the western landscape inspire and guide my work,” his artist’s bio states. I had the great pleasure of sitting down to talk with this expressive and genuinely kind artist about his passion for the landscape and the circuitous road that helped him find his true calling - this is part 1 of his story.

  • 6 Things You Don't Know About Artist Maynard Dixon

    6 Things You Don't Know About Artist Maynard Dixon

    There’s no doubt that artist Maynard Dixon is a seminal figure in American West art culture, influencing generations of creators who’ve come after him; but few are well versed in the true nature of the man himself.

  • An Interview with Landscape Artist John Budicin

    An Interview with Landscape Artist John Budicin

    Much like prominent artist Maynard Dixon, landscape painter John Budicin began his career as a professional Illustrator, drawing products for local chain stores' advertising departments. And when the call came for Budicin to discover his true creative voice, he took it, finding his answers in nature. We recently spoke with John Budicin about this transition, his approach to putting brush to canvas and his continuing love affair with with the land. 

  • Landscape Artist in the City: John Budicin Didn't Start Out a Fine Artist

    Landscape Artist in the City: John Budicin Didn't Start Out a Fine Artist

    Each month, the Thunderbird Foundation focuses on a particular artist in our gallery. This month, we’re proud to host landscape artist John Budicin. This is part one of his story.

    Artist John Budicin is at once a soft spoken man and a creative force to be reckoned with. If this interviewer had any jitters about talking with such an esteemed artist, they were quickly allayed by Budicin's friendly and welcoming manner. And yet the artwork for which he's internationally known is moving, emotional and full of depth. His landscapes simplify a complex composition to its most important components, the resulting image capturing a richness of nature that truly stirs the soul. Looking at his work, one might be surprised to learn that this master of light and shadow didn’t receive any formal training. In fact, John Budicin wasn’t always a fine artist.

  • 3 Keys for Determining Artwork's Value

    3 Keys for Determining Artwork's Value

    The art world is a fickle place; while you can pretty well count on certain works continuing to appreciate in value (think Picasso, Monet, Bacon, etc.), everyone else is left to speculation. The fact is that the true value of artwork is based as much on perception as on any quantifiable factors; an artist with a media rich reputation is likely to command higher prices than an equally talented but less acclaimed counterpart. But even this isn’t an assurance of future monetary worth.

  • Artist Robert Clunie's work added to the Thunderbird Gallery

    Artist Robert Clunie's work added to the Thunderbird Gallery

    To kick off the launch of our new blog, the Thunderbird Foundation is excited to announce the acquisition of 4 stunning pieces from renowned artist Robert Clunie, including one that has great historical significance, called "Saginaw River." In addition, we're honored to have been named the representative for Clunie's pieces in this area.

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