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Dix Baines

 (born 1961)
Dix Baines is active/lives in Colorado.  Dix Baines is known for fish and mountain-landscape painting.

Dix Baines

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A resident of Parker, Colorado, Dix Baines has been an avid fly fisherman who loves bravura brushwork which he applies to his landscape paintings, many of them plein air and expressive of his awe for the totality of his environment. His style combines abstraction and realism and often depicts fishing-genre subject matter.

In 1996 and 1997, he was an Arts for the Parks Top 100 selectee, and this recognition became a defining moment to launch his career when his painting of a cutthroat trout won a $7500. price. The piece was purchased by Yellowstone National Park and has led to further commissions.

Baines grew up in Denver, the son of a physician. Although he was expected to become a professional, his early bent was for drawing. He attended Brigham Young University where a professor, admiring his skill for realism, steered him to the Interior Design Department. After graduation from BYU, he spent ten years as an architectural interior designer in Denver, where he designed hotel and restaurants interiors across the country.

But he became drained by the intensity and repetition and encouraged by his wife, Kathlyn Gogarty-Baines, he enrolled in the Art Students League of Denver and studied with Quang Ho and Kim English.

In 1996, he submitted his first work to the Arts for the Parks competition, which was the cutthroat trout, a piece that defied the usual entries of panoramic landscapes and won the cash prize. This success led to his becoming a full-time fine artist, and in 1997, he set up a studio in his home and began selling many paintings.

Occasionally he travels for subject matter including to Mexico.

Biography from McLarry Fine Art
Once best known for his close-up paintings of fish, avid fly fisherman Dix Baines now paints a range of subjects in his expressive, light-infused style.  Characterized by his bold brushwork and dramatic use of light and color, his paintings depict landscapes, villages, adobe buildings, fishing scenes and the river environment as a whole.

Baines was born in 1961 in Denver, Colorado and from childhood expressed a love and talent for drawing.  After high school, he attended Brigham Young University where he enrolled in painting classes.  Having shown impressive skill for realism, Baines was encouraged by his professor there to enter the Interior Design Department.

He graduated from BYU with considerable skill at producing quick, accurate, beautiful design drafts.  Over the following 10 years Baines developed an accomplished career as an architectural interior designer in Denver.  However, his devotion to the fine arts went unsatisfied during much of this time.

He enrolled in the Art Students League of Denver in order to paint and there he studied with Quang Ho and Kim English.  In 1996, he submitted his first work to the Arts for the Parks competition, an oil of a cutthroat trout, and he was awarded a $7,000 cash prize.  The piece became a part of the Yellowstone National Park's permanent collection.  Encouraged by this recognition and the support of his wife, Kathlyn, Dix decided to leave his career and paint full time.  He set up a studio in his home in 1997 and since then has received much recognition.

Baines has participated in numerous exhibitions where he been selected for numerous awards. His art work can be found in permanent collections including the Forbes Collection, City of Parker Collection, Pat and Annabelle Bowlen Private Collection and Yellowstone National Park Permanent Collection.

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About  Dix Baines

Born:  1961 - Denver, Colorado
Known for:  fish and mountain-landscape painting