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Featured Artist: Rock Newcomb

Southwest Hotties, 11″ x 17″, acrylic on Claybord

Arizona artist, Rock Newcomb has had a life long love affair with creating art.  From an early age, he was drawing portraits and he continued to study through college and graduate school, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art at California State University.  Before working full time as an artist, Rock taught art for over 25 years at high school and junior college.

Pueblo Colors, 30″ x 20″, acrylic on Claybord

In college, Rock’s undergraduate degree was in illustration and his graduate degree was in the fine arts, where he  experienced a range of art materials and media.  With his sense of detail and representational style, watercolor, gouache, oil and colored scratchboard served his purposes.  However, Rock found acrylic to be a more suitable medium.  “Approximately 18 years ago, after working on a watercolor for numerous days, I accidentally spilled iced tea on it and helplessly watched as the painting partially dissolved.  The next day, I purchased the three primary and black and white colors in acrylic.  Using techniques acquired working with oil and watercolor, I began teaching myself the use of acrylic, and have been working with them ever since,” he explains further.  

Claybord was a natural substrate for him to try while Rock was practicing scratchboard art 18 or so years ago.  A fellow artist gave him some samples, and he has been using Claybord and Gessobord exclusively since.

With Rock’s busy exhibition and commitment schedule, he hasn’t had time to teach workshops in the past several years.  However, you can see much more of Rock’s work online and in person represented at these galleries: Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson, Wyoming; Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Sun Seekers, 12″ x 9″, acrylic on Claybord

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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