Profile: Greg LaRock
"It takes two lifetimes to become a good artist."
Greg LaRock's powerful work is infused with the strong design skills acquired from a career in graphics. His keen sense of observation and vivid use of color create powerful paintings whether landscape, figurative or still life. LaRock can be found at most of the major plein air painting events. He has won awards consistently. He is a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. He inspires others by teaching workshops both in the United States and abroad. He wrote to us about the plein air circuit:
The plein air shows are awesome! Some of my best growth has come from the sheer panic of participating with the best artists in the country. You certainly have to bring your “A” game and push yourself! All I wanted were for the other artists to view my work and feel that I belonged at that level in the beginning—sales were the last thing on my mind! These types of competitions definitely get you out of your comfort zone. It’s easy and safe to hide in your own studio, but shaking it up a bit by painting with your peers gives you a boost. Now, I also use the shows as a way to try something different. I will do at least one painting during the event that is a stretch for me—a difficult subject, larger size, or maybe a nocturne if that’s new. By doing this you can make leaps in your growth. And if it doesn’t turn out, just don’t submit the work!
Read more about Greg LaRock's paintings in our in-depth interview.
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