Tim Solliday's landscapes are highly sought after for several reasons-his competence in creating powerful images through bold brushwork, his masterful use of natural light and a lighter, highly colorful palette, first introduced by the French Impressionists. "There is nothing dainty in my paintings," he says. Inspired by his artist-father as a child, Solliday won his first art competition at age 14, and his early endeavors were in commercial art and the motion picture industry. In the late '80s, he honed his exceptional skills and decided to pursue painting in the plein-air style while studying with one of the early California Impressionists, the late Theodore Lukits.
"The Sierra-Nevada Mountains, the desert and the ocean and of course, the state's mild climate, were ideal for painting, and so the impressionist style was first brought to the state in the late 1890s by immigrant artists and those who had studied abroad," says Solliday, who lives in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. "California's natural beauty and its diverse geography is a constant inspiration," he adds.
This summer Solliday's works are featured in the prestigious group exhibitions at Pepperdine University's Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu and the Maynard Dixon County Exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah.
His works also have appeared in other well-known exhibitions such as the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum's "The Treasures of the Sierra Nevada," the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California and the Jonathan Art Foundation in Los Angeles.
Solliday is frequently featured in such magazines as Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and American Artist. Art & Antiques magazine lists him as one of California's top plein-air artists in its June 2003 story, "Coming of Age: California Impressionism is no longer a closely held secret."
Tim was recently featured in the February 2004 issue of Southwest Art. The article, entitled "Wild At Art," spotlights Solliday's exuberant personality as he dwells among the former environment of Frank Tenney Johnson.
Solliday has participated in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational since its inception, placing second and third in 2001 and 2000, respectively. He also has won first place in both the Landscape Category of the Oil Painters of America competition and California Art Club's 86th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and an honorary member of the Laguna Art Association.