Last week I had the privilege to visit renowned Colorado landscape painter, Tim Deibler at his studio in Walsenburg, Colorado. This first picture is of the beautiful Spanish Peaks, which Tim’s home and studio face. What an inspiring view to wake up to every morning! I wanted to learn more about Tim so I could share it with fans of the gallery and folks who read this blog. Tim accomplishments are numerous. Starting most recently with being chosen for this year’s Christmas catalog cover for national retailer L.L. Bean and being included in many private and corporate collections.
Tim grew up in the flatlands of Oklahoma. He remembers vividly a movie he saw at the age of 12 or so called The Mountain which inspired him with the sheer beauty and drama of the landscape depicted in it. He also remembers drawing a lot as a young child and it kept him busy while he sat and waited in church while his mother practiced piano there to play on Sundays. Here’s a photo of the budding young artist’s early drawing of Indians.
By 5th grade he won 1st place in a local drawing contest, but his actual first real art class wasn’t until his senior year in high school! His parents were supportive but thought it would be better for him to play a musical instrument instead so he spent his time learning the saxophone and playing in the school band. Somehow or another though, those dreams of the mountains and Colorado would come true as Tim headed to the Colorado Institute of Art to get a 2 year degree there followed by many years of different jobs including working for an ad agency in Oklahoma City, paste up and layout artist for Oklahoma Monthly magazine, working as a police dispatcher, followed by getting a license to be an EMT and ambulance driver, back to being a graphic artist, which led to film editing and his own company producing videos. The video producing job even led to a stint living in Canada for a time! In 1991, Tim and his family returned to Colorado and lived in Golden. While working as a night clerk in a hotel, he started using his available day hours to paint more and liked to wander in galleries too. One of the galleries was Saks in Cherry Creek. There he saw the work of Quang Ho and asked the gallery staff about him. Learning that he taught at the Art Students League of Denver, Tim immediately signed up for his class to better his skills. Tim and Quang got along great and Tim even became his class monitor, helping out during the classes. During this time he also met and befriended Doug Dawson and Jay Moore, getting mentoring and help. It was Jay Moore who got Tim into plein air painting. Jay stressed the importance of light and seasonal changes. Tim was a fast learner and natural talent and was accepted into his first student show in Thanksgiving of 1991. An encounter with fellow artist Dan Beck, who liked Tim’s painting of the Tetons at the show, led him to Abend Gallery to do some framing. The owner, Christine Serr, liked his work and invited him to be represented with her. Tim was off and running! In the ensuing years, Tim was also represented by Hiwan Gallery in Evergreen, Third Canyon Gallery and Arts at Denver Gallery in Denver. Tim is still in Abend and Arts at Denver after all these years. Tim does many commissions for private clients these days and actively teaches currently for the Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta, Co. He is also in demand as a workshop teacher and has taught all over the United States and abroad.
As the years have passed, Tim has befriended many incredible artists and this is evident in his studio as well as the bathroom near the studio, which I couldn’t resist taking pictures of! Tim’s collection is amazing and made the visit all the more interesting.
Tim also has enormous book collection, one of the best I’ve ever seen along with tons of movies on DVD. Some artists like to listen to music while they paint, but Tim enjoys popping a movie in the player. He says he doesn’t really watch it, he just listens while painting away and before he knows it a couple of hours have gone by and he is getting work accomplished.
Tim’s abiding faith is the guiding principle in both his work and his life and surely this reverence can be both seen and felt in his work. Tim’s theory for painting and having a successful career as an artist is this; Concentrate on producing on the best product he can and the right people will find it. To that end he showed me his many studies from out in the field. These are never meant to be finished work, but he paints over and over and over again to get shapes and colors right and then he perfects those studies and picks the ones that look most promising for completing in his studio. What a great visit! Fellow artist Coni Grant also stopped by and I will be featuring her in an upcoming post. She had a great time exploring Tim’s studio also, we always learn so much from one another! If you are interested in seeing more of Tim’s work, please visit his page here at http://www.tracymillergallery.com/artists/tim-deibler-2/