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Gregory Packard

 (born 1970)
Gregory Packard is active/lives in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming.  Gregory Packard is known for landscape, still life, and figure painting.

Biography  
Gregory Packard


Biography from Steve Zabel MTG, Inc

Gregory Packard Artist Statement:

Painting to me is about the personal connections we make with all of creation, a language that corresponds directly with how we see and interpret the world around us and within us.  The physical act of painting is an experience of passion, somewhat directed with control, skill and luck.  Whether the scene is in front of me while painting from life or a recollection of the warm sun on my face, all experiences past and present contribute to the finished canvas. In my experience painting is not a documenting of something but rather like capturing a glimpse, the pinpoint of a memory or the scent of a flower 'gone and experienced'.

Although at times a more literal rendering of nature is the best choice, more often I find a poetic or lyrical statement best describes how I feel about what I am seeing while painting. This simplification is the result of the enormity of creation.  Beautiful nature in all its glory radiates so much more than just an exact image.  It is always my challenge to paint not only those qualities seen but those which awaken our emotional roots in our souls. I do love to paint beautiful things, but I am not painting simply to paint a pretty picture. If you are a melancholy person I want to put you at home by the weight of the sky in my landscape.  If sanguine, I hope to open the heavens for you by simply painting the day's first light. It is this daily life we live, the nature of ourselves and our world, that so excites me when standing before my canvas--life's vital creation that is my source of inspiration and humility."

Select Exhibitions • One--Person Shows
Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum Big Horn, WY December, 2004 •
 July, 2004 July, 2002 • Salon International 2004 International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art • Six New Artists Recommended to Collect Greenhouse Gallery San Antonio, TX April, 2004 • Women's City Club of Pasadena Exhibit California Art Club Pasadena, CA Spring-2004, Fall-2003 • Biennial Invitational Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum Big Horn, WY 2004-2002 • Wyoming Invitational Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum Big Horn, WY September, 2003 • Southwest Art Selects-Artists to Watch & Steamboat Springs Arts Council June 2003 • Paintings of the American Landscape, Howard/Mandville Kirkland, WA May, 2003 • 5-Person Show Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum Big Horn, WY December, 2002 •

Publications & Awards • Great Artists of Today, 2005 calendar to be published November, 2004 • Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence, Salon International 2004 • How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Flowers & Gardens: a book published by International Artist's Magazine to published August, 2004 • "Collector's Choice": Cowboys and Indians magazine, January, 2004 • "Artists to Watch": Southwest Art magazine, December, 2002 Painting

Affiliations Patron Artist, California Art Club Oil Painters of America Born May 3, 1970; Boise, Idaho Current residence Ranchester, Wyoming Education BA English, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1996 Painting Study • Ovanes Berberian workshop, 2001 • Robert Moore workshop, 2000 • Robert Johnson scholarship workshop, Scottsdale Artists' School, 2000 • Robert Moore workshop, 1998 • Delbert Gish workshop, 1998 Other influencing artists: Edgar Payne, Richard Schmid, Robert Henri, Sergei Bongart, Nikolai Timkov. Igor Grabar, Nicholi Fechin, Winslow Homer, NC & Andrew Wyeth, California and Russian Impressionists, Galust Berian, Dan McCaw, John Asaro, among many others


Biography from Long Gallery
The artist, Gregory Packard feels that, "Rather than trying to nail down a specific style, I prefer to let the subject and my own mood lead me to the way a piece is painted. After all, the freedom of expression in painting is broad, why limit it? I find that some paintings simply come together easily while with others it's the struggle and tension that end up making the painting work. If nature were so simple as to be able to apply a formula to each painting then the passion would be absent and I may as well seek refuge in an easier career. Thank Goodness nature is very complex and each painting requires great thought and, perhaps, a unique technical approach. It's the challenge of working quickly in plein air to catch that first or last light; it's hearing birds, crickets or the farmer's tractor purring over the hill making round sunlit hay bails that make it a joy to be a painter. Knowing that no matter how well I do that particular evening, what is on the canvas can't compare to the real thing before me is a great source of inspiration and humility."



BACKGROUND

Born May, 1970: Boise, ID

Education: BA English, Boise State University

Painting Study:

Ovanes Berberian workshop, 2001

Robert Moore Workshop, 2001

Robert Johnson scholarship workshop, Scottsdale Artist's School, 2000

Del Gish Workshop, 1998

Self study through books-Edgar Payne, Richard Schmidt, Rovert Henri, etc.



Biography from California Museum Of Fine Art
Born in Boise, Idaho in 1970 and currently residing in rural western Colorado where he and his young family live a simple, private life, Gregory Packard paints in the traditional of the Impressionists where he finds the deepest artistic connections. 

"It is this daily life we live, the nature of ourselves and our world, that so excites me when standing before my canvas - life's vital creation that is my source of inspiration and humility.  Impressionism offers such a deep connection to not only what is there in front of us but how we feel and experience that subject.  You give a little bit of yourself with each painting." 

I carted a tree from the woods today.
Her boughs scattered and downward lay,
Down, down upon the slope
Where I measured and sawed and honorably carried her away.

A gap now stands like broken rope
Where trees held hands and will again I hope.
The heavens I thanked perhaps a year
Before her embers lift as smoke.

Yes a tree I felled and was there to hear
The crack and swoosh and thump and thump oh dear.
One might think it her end
As seen neatly stacked like cabin gear.

But the conversation a crackling fire does send
Is song and blanket—a healing friend.
No more swaying in the cold.
One's essence changes, an ever evolving mend.
One's essence changes, an ever evolving mend.

Gregory Packard, September 2, 2012


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About  Gregory Packard

Born:  1970 - Boise, Idaho
Known for:  landscape, still life, and figure painting