|Southwest Hotties, 11" x 17", acrylic on Clapboard|
|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|
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