|The Artist on his Art:
“I strive for such excellence as will leave the collector without regret and consequently allow the subtleties and nuances of the painting to surface over time for the heightened enjoyment of the viewer, enhancing the intrinsic worth of the painting.”
About the Artist:
Inman grew up with an artist for a father and was therefore exposed to the art world at a young age. This exposure fostered an on-going thirst for knowledge on many levels. All aspects of a broad variety of visual medium have been skillfully studied, if not mastered: painting, printmaking, sculpture, illustration and digital animation, plus photography and art history. Bill has completed his studies toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting. It is this quest for knowledge that synthesized his passion as a painter.
Inman’s color and design sense were begun under Kesler Woodward at the University of Alaska. Intensive study in painting, drawing, illustration, color and design were continued under Leon Parson at Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho. But one of his most influential instructors at Rick’s College was Arlo Coles (a good friend of Sergei Bongart) who ignited a passion for Russian and French Impressionist imagery and techniques. These influences on the landscape artist helped him combine the French and Russian qualities, and mold them with his own personal style of increased contrast and saturated color to emotionally capture the heart of his collectors.
After six years painting primarily en plein air, Inman realized his preference was for studio work with occasional outdoor expeditions. “I become so focused that disturbances such as wind and shifting sun become distractions – don’t get me wrong, I am outdoors learning the effects of light and color all the time, everywhere I go I am studying nature, I love it, that’s why I paint flowers and landscapes – I just want to make sure that I am fully engaged and can see clearly what I am placing on the canvas. I’m so concentrated when I paint a bomb could go off and I would miss it.” Inman uses his memory, imagination and digital photos as reference to create his naturalistic works. “My goal is to help viewers feel like they are looking out a window or doorway into a beautiful scene, one that beckons to forget the world for a while and simply enjoy the peace and serenity, the incredible beauty Heavenly Father has provided.”
Inman wants as little detail as possible to convey an image so the viewer’s imagination participates. His desire is for the observer to experience the same original enthusiasm that he treasured upon his first encounter with the subject matter. Gardens burst with the colors of stately hollyhocks and fragrant roses. Flowers seem so alive collectors often comment that they can smell the fragrance. Inman stops painting detail when he believes that he has achieved the naturalism and emotive response he is seeking. One’s eye completes the story started with brush and pigment.
Bill Inman has exhibited consistently since 1983 when he was a Congressional Art Award recipient. This was a huge honor as only one artist from each state was selected for an exhibition that toured the Capital. In 1999 he was one of the featured artists in Southwest Art Magazine “Artists to Watch” special section. He is in numerous national and international collections.
2003-2006 Fort Hays State University
Master of Fine Arts degree (pending Art History research paper)
Painting composition refinement and emotional content studies under Mic Jilg.
Printmaking concept and technique experimentation under Gordon Sherman.
Art History under Martha Holmes.
Digital Arts under Chaiwat Thumsujarit.
Colorado State University- Pueblo
Sculpture under Richard Hansen.
Painting under Maya Avina.
Digital Arts under Liz Johnson.
Utah State University
Painting under Christopher T. Terry.
1989-1990 & 1985-1986
French and Russian impressionist studies under Arlo Coles.
Intensive study in painting, drawing, illustration, color and design under Leon Parson.
University of Alaska
Fine art major
Color and design under Kesler Woodward.
January 2007-May 2008 Art History Instructor at Ball State University (270 students).
2005- Taught oil painting workshop at the Hays Arts Council.
2003-2004- Assistant instructor for the Foundations of Art course at Fort Hays State University.
2002- Juror for the Rocky Ford Balloon Festival Fine Art Exhibit.
1999- Taught oil painting workshop at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center.
Oil painting: landscape, floral, figurative and non-objective
Printmaking: lithography, various intaglio, photo and digital techniques, monoprint/type
Sculpture: bronze, wood, wax and clay
Sculptural Welding: MIG, TIG, oxyacetylene and shielded metal arc welding; plasma and acetylene cutters; brazing
Illustration work in varied media and subjects including wildlife, figurative, advertisements, and video images
Digital and video graphic design: Photoshop, Flash MX, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, After Effects, Podcasting, PowerPoint, Excel
Giclee reproductions and photography
Ball State University
Jan 2007-May 2008
Art History Instructor
Full-time Professional Artist
Fort Hays State University
Foundations of Art Assistant Instructor
Moss Thorns Assistant Galley Director
2009- 19th Annual Minnetrista Juried Art Show.
2008- 13th annual Richard Schmid Juried Fine Art Auction.
2008- 6th Annual A.R.F Benefit Auction.
2008- Arts Kaleidoscope: Art & Poetry
2008- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2008- The Broadmoor Hotel Mother’s Day Celebration Art Show.
2007- 5th Annual A.R.F Benefit Auction.
2007- 12th annual Richard Schmid Juried Fine Art Auction.
2007- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2007- ‘Small Works Show’ - Bennington Center for the Arts.
2006- ‘Gems for the Holidays’ – one man show at the MPG gallery.
2006- 11th annual Richard Schmid Juried Fine Art Auction.
2006- ‘The Third Day’ – MFA thesis show.
2005- Hays Arts Council Celebration - invitational art show.
2005- ‘ROAR fine Art Exhibition’ juried show.
2005- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2005- ‘Impressions of New England’ Juried Exhibition, Bennington Center for the Arts.
2005- Oil Painters of America Central Regional Juried Exhibition.
2005- 10th annual Richard Schmid Juried Fine Art Auction.
2005- ‘American Artist Abroad’ – National Invitational Exhibition.
2005- ‘Smokey Hill Juried Exhibition’.
2004- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2004- ‘ROAR Fine Art Exhibition’ juried show.
2004- ‘Flowers: Real & Imagined’, Hays Arts Council.
2004- ‘Small Works Show’ - Bennington Center for the Arts.
2004- Hays Arts Council Invitational Exhibition.
2004- ‘Studio 7’ Invitational Exhibition.
2003- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2003- ‘Salon International’ juried exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery.
2003- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
2003- CSU Pueblo Art Exhibition juried show.
2002- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2002- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
2001- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2001- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
2000- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
2000- ‘Arts for the Parks’ top 200, juried art show.
2000- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
1999- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
1999- ‘KLH’ national juried art show - Bennington Center for the Arts.
1999- “Mountain Oyster Club” juried show, Tucson, Az.
1999- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
1999- ‘Impressions of the Southwest’ national invitational art show, Sangre de Cristo Art Center.
1999- ‘Plein Aire Tucson’ juried art show.
1998- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
1998- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
1998- Featured artist KTSC art auction.
1998- Turner Art Gallery, one man show, Cherry Creek, Co.
1998- ‘For Spacious Skies’ invitational show, Sangre de Cristo arts center.
1997- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
1997- ‘Party Arty Invitational’, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.
1996- Hayden Hays Gallery, all gallery show.
Congressional Art Award Recipient
‘KLH’ national juried art show - Bennington Center for the Arts. *Award of Merit.
‘ROAR fine Art Exhibition’ - * first place oil painting & honorable mention monotype.
‘ROAR Fine Art Exhibition’, * first place oil painting.
CSU Pueblo art show - award of Merit.
Southwest Art Magazine - featured article, ‘Artist to Watch’, Sept issue.
Art and Antique Magazine advertisement.
Greenhorn Mountain News - “Local Artist Highlighted in KTSC Auction” 3-part story.
Pueblo Chieftain -painting on permanent display for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
National and international private collections.
Fort Hays State University
University of Colorado/Colorado Springs - painting in permanent library display.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- permanent display, Pueblo Pioneer Celebration.