About the Award-Winning Artist, George Callison
A Representational Painter
-an explorer who discovers patterns of shapes and colors
-a translator of discoveries into paintings
Feelings and familiarity that become a part of each painting emanate from exploring, discovering, and translating. Painting outdoors keeps him informed of the nuances of light, shadow, color, and their resulting shapes that bring paintings to life. George notes, “I love the power of a high mountain storm, the mystery of reflections, the anticipation of adventure, the play of sun and shadow, the excitement of discovery, the patina of history, the enigma of clouds, and the surprise of color. Painting, appreciating art, and collecting it are wonderful ways to experience and understand our world.”
George, who now lives in western Colorado, is native to Blue Rapids, Kansas where, from his hunting and gathering parents, he learned to appreciate land and life and to see nature deeply. Such interest in nature led him to a career in biological sciences specializing in comparative anatomy and vertebrate paleontology –both very dependent upon visual detection of patterns, field exploration, and discovery-- and to careers in nature park design, and the design of touring natural history exhibitions featuring robotically animated dinosaurs and other creatures.
In his oil and watercolor paintings he emphasizes the wildness of mountains, mesas, and canyons of the American West. Although he usually paints landscapes, animals or human figures are frequently integrated into them. George studied drawing with Dr. Betty Edwards (author of "Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain" and his former faculty colleague at Cal State Long Beach) and aspires to the virtuosity of a painterly style such as that expressed by many painters including Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Clyde Aspevig.
George encourages commissioned paintings where YOU can have a role in creating a family heirloom. Of special delight are paintings that include family members engaged in outdoor activities such as gardening, golf, fishing, play, hiking, bicycling, bird watching, jeeping, boating, or places, cars, or planes that are special to your life . . .you get the picture. Just send him an eMail and we will get going.