Skip Whitcomb

'Volcanic Artifacts' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Volcanic Artifacts’ by Skip Whitcomb

Skip Whitcomb grew up on a Ranch in Colorado, without much encouragement to pursue art as a vocation. Following his parents advice, he enrolled in college to study business, but quickly realized his heart was somewhere else.

Skip has been painting landscapes of the western United States for over forty years now.

In this conversation, Skip and I talk about learning the craft and then taking every opportunity to flex your wings, to test them and see if you can fly. We talk about artist communities, their natural cycles and how having a sympathetic ear from time to time is crucial.

Skip shares the frustration of pushing through dissatisfaction, or plateaus in his paintings. I think – or hope- we all go through this at some point as we master certain skills and go on to explore new concepts. How one deals with these issues greatly impacts our growth as artists. Eventually, technique becomes less important than why you are using it. “Why?”, not “how?” is the question we would be better off asking.

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Skip’s Paintings

'Coot Contrails- Lily Lake' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Coot Contrails- Lily Lake’ by Skip Whitcomb
'View From Foothills' by Skip Whitcomb
‘View From Foothills’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Sunday Morning-Laguna Beach' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Sunday Morning-Laguna Beach’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Nellie Reflected' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Nellie Reflected’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Morning on the Reef' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Morning on the Reef’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Isabella Morn' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Isabella Morn’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Glimpse of Gadsby' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Glimpse of Gadsby’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Frozen Lake' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Frozen Lake’ by Skip Whitcomb
'Ascension' by Skip Whitcomb
‘Ascension’ by Skip Whitcomb

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