Friday, May 16, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Jerry Yarnell


"We worked directly with the FM Brush Company team years ago to develop what is my Yarnell “signature line” of brushes for acrylic, oil, and watercolor mediums. Dynasty has been instrumental in the growth and the success of the Yarnell Studio & School of Fine Art. A big thank you to Greg Mink, Charles Baron, Joanie O’Connor, and Mickey Oldenberg of FM Brush Company ….. because a good paint brush in the hand of an artist is like a scalpel in the hand of a surgeon.  It’s gotta be right.  I’m not going to let my surgeon operate on me with a dull scalpel." ~Jerry Yarnell

Oklahoma artist, Jerry Yarnell is always teaching painting. In fact, his career started with teaching, 60-70 students a week in workshops, at the age of 21.  He noticed early on that he didn't have enough time for his own painting work, so he stepped away and moved to an artist- in-residency program in Taos, New Mexico to pursue his own work.  But life and family called him back to teaching and Oklahoma.  There he was discovered to start work painting for his first TV show.  Now, decades later, Jerry is still teaching on TV, as well as online, at his home studio, across the country in workshops, and selling DVDs and books.  Not to mention, he still finds his own time to paint and work in ministry.

Jerry was always fascinated by art, honing in on his early teacher's abilities.  His grade school art teacher, Harry Lively, sculpted in the classroom as the students worked, and Jerry stayed after school to watch him as much as he could.  "I knew I liked the hands-on, being close to my subject and the feel of the texture, which was my first experience with a real artist," he shares.Semi-Realism is Jerry's style, which is an impressionist way of painting, pointing the viewer to the center of the piece.  His subjects are most often wildlife and landscape.  He explains that his style is conducive to his personality; his passion is to share his life and his work from his travels and experience.  His teaching is yet another way for him to share, " I love to see the expression on someone’s face, a young person, an old person, when they accomplish something.  And, I truly love to see people accomplish something, to be successful. "


Jerry is more than a master of his style,  he is also a master of the materials he uses.  Throughout his career, Jerry spent time looking for the perfect brush. "Always searching for a brush with superior quality, craftsmanship that holds the brush shape through the test of all kinds of blending.  Dynasty brushes are a main stay of my painting career; my students and I have chosen the Dynasty brand brushes after relentless experimentation and searching for the perfect brush," he explains.

"If you use a low quality, coarse bristle, loosely put together brush, you get a scratchy look when you paint and not a good blend.  Having good materials affects your work, if you are going to blend then you use a good sable or good bristle with fine hair. I prefer using brushes that fit the need.  Sables are good for blending; synthetics are phenomenal for what we do because they are well put together, well balanced the hairs are evenly distributed and when they get wet they make a perfect slice of chisel.  The set I use and recommend to my students is the #2, #4, #6, and #10 Flat Black Gold." 

You can purchase the exact sets of brushes that Jerry recommends from his online store and see the other essential art materials he uses for his workshops and glowing paintings.  To see a preview of what you can receive from Jerry's online school, check out these videos, including his introduction on brushes:  www.yarnellschool.com/topics or look around his YouTube channel for more inspiration.  You can also find a full list of events and workshops on Jerry's official website:  Workshop-schedule.


Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

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