I’m a San Francisco-based artist and digital paint pioneer and founder of the online educational resource PaintboxTV.com. Originally from London, I blend expressive fine art painting with exploring the latest digital paint technologies and media. I perform live painting at events, I teach digital (and non-digital) art, speak at conferences and creating customized commissioned art. I studied life drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (now called the Ruskin School of Art), Oxford University, U.K., while earning a degree in Physics. I then studied lithography and life drawing at De Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, The Netherlands, before moving to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, in 1988, where I was introduced to digital painting in 1991, transforming my career from physicist to artist. My work has been exhibited internationally (including at the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, and at the Seoul Museum of Art) and is in private collections world-wide. Author of the Painter Creativity series of books, I’ve been a featured platform speaker at numerous international conferences (including Macworld, Siggraph and Imaging USA); have taught workshops world-wide (including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London); and have performed live event action painting at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, San Francisco, (as tableau vivant portraying the historical artists Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse); for Cirque du Soleil at the TOTEM show in San Francisco, 2011; as the featured iPad artist at the opening of the epic David Hockney “A Bigger Exhibition” in the de Young Museum, 2012; at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “America Now! Innovation in Art” event in Washington D.C., 2015; and in 2018 live painting on a 20 city east coast Art of Jazz tour with the Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe.
Photo by Shalom Gibly © 2014