Tim Breaux: Vision Through History

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“Looking South from Peralta” 12×12, Oil, available at Hawthorn Galleries, MO, winner of an Excellence Award at the 2016 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit.

One of the most important aspects of a painting for artist Tim Breaux is the communication of emotion through the artwork.  In the case of “Looking South from Peralta”, the feeling that immediately comes through is that of being in the place where the artist was standing and feeling the beauty that surrounds us.  We can literally feel the heat, the thin air, and the texture of the rock beneath our feet.  The artist has strategically placed the rocks and the cacti to keep our eye moving throughout the painting, but unable to leave the painting for the objects on the right of the picture plane.  The well chosen values move us through space, and warm reflected light invigorate the scene.

Tim BreauxDSC_0112 2   “Apache Sentinel” 12×9, Oil on Panel, Collection of the Artist

Tim Breaux is originally from Louisiana, growing up  among the live oaks and sugar cane plantations.  But in 1995 he and his family moved to Missouri, where he experienced a totally different terrain and lifestyle.  Though trained as a pharmacist, his true calling can easily be seen in his artwork.  Always a creative person, from hobbies that ranged from gardening and bow hunting to raising and training driving horses, Tim is a self taught artist.  He gained a fascination early on from the paintings of the Hudson River School, whose large scale works held allegorical messages through the romantic and pastoral scenes.  He especially reveres the work of Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church and George Inness.  He also gains inspiration from contemporary artists Matt Smith, Quang Ho, and John Pototschnik, who continues to advise and inspire him.  He also sites his most important teacher, his creator.

Tim BreauxDSC_0011   “Little Green Soldiers” 8×10, Oil on Panel, available through Hawthorn Galleries.

Tim now devotes his time to painting 3-4 days a week, both studio and plein air.  He describes himself as a representational artist, often working wet into wet, but also employs the techniques of the Hudson River Artists, using layering and glazing for his process.  His inspirations come from what catches his eye; often the simple graphic pattern of light and dark.

Tim BreauxDSC_0144 2   “Evening Pastoral” 18×24 (painted in the Hudson River Style) Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Artist

He starts his day in the studio by organizing his space, and works in silence to keep his mind clear for the process at hand.  He uses a large glass palette, a double bath system for his brushes, and replaces his colors every two days to keep his paint fresh.  His working surfaces for plein air are cotton canvas panels, or stretched canvas panels in the studio.  Tim’s background in science gives him the ability to analyze the fundamentals of his process, and create within a solid framework of tools that he has gained through the years.  Reading through his blogs on his website will give the reader valuable information on many aspects of creating great art.

Tim’s outlook on creating art is sound advice for all artists:

“Paint what you like.

Paint small and paint often.

Use a limited palette for color harmony.

Find one or two teachers that you admire and learn all you can from them.  Don’t chase the latest fads and techniques from workshops.  Spend all your time learning the fundamentals: Drawing.  Values.  Perspective.  Edges.”

Tim Breaux is represented by Augusta Wood LTD, Augusta, MO, Cherry’s Art Gallery, Carthage, MO, Hawthorn Galleries, Springfield, MO, and MacCreed’s Gallery, Lebanon, MO.

To see more of Tim’s work and read his blogs, visit his website at http://www.timbreaux.com.

To see more of the 2016 NOAPS Best of America paintings, visit http://www.noaps.org and on Instagram at Natoilandacrylicsociety.

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