A Master of California Light
Tim Horn is one of the contemporary painters I most admire. I find his paintings so honest, compelling, and uplifting. He is known for his depictions of rural and small town northern California, as well as his recurrent themes of surfing, Airstream trailers, and old cars and trucks.
For me, the most striking aspect of Tim Horn's paintings is his depiction of the strong, warm light of California, which he achieves through a mastery of color and value. I attribute his skill to his dedication to plein air painting as well as to his background in graphic design. His paintings exhibit a sophisticated sense of composition and an ability to simplify complex subjects into clear forms that move the eye around the canvas.
In addition to painting in California, Tim holds workshops around the country, painting in locations such as Maine, North Carolina, and Arizona. His work from those areas reflects the unique atmosphere of each place, while at the same time exhibiting his distinctive style.
I've taken several workshops from Tim and he is a thoughtful, patient, and generous teacher, transmitting his enthusiasm for plein air painting and for using paint to interpret the world around us. He once said something that has stuck with me; he said his aim was to create "paintings that feel 100% me." I continue to admire his work and I am inspired to create my own "100% me" paintings.
You can see more of Tim's work on his website at TimHornArt.com.