M.W. Skip Whitcomb (b 1946), Colorado, Coors Western Artist


“The most obvious way to paint nature is standing in the middle of it. If I keep an open mind, I see all these wonderful relationships and juxtapositions I could never invent in the studio. I try to look at the landscape as if I’m seeing it for the very first time. You have to paint from inside yourself; otherwise you are simply recording like a camera. There really is a higher reality.” – Skip Whitcomb

M.W. “Skip” Whitcomb is an artist with varied interests and proficiency in several media. Skip is an accomplished plein air painter, draftsman and printmaker. Mr. Whitcomb studied at the Art Center College of design in Los Angeles. Skip believes that “drawing is the soul of painting”, and he carries a sketchbook with him everywhere he goes and paints studies on the spot.

The artist was raised on a ranch near Sterling, CO and spent his summers in Wyoming and the vast areas of the West were like home to him. Whitcomb is recognized by his peers as an “artist’s artist” and he looks to the classics in art and literature for inspiration.

He currently lives in Ft. Collins, CO and has participated in several gallery invitational shows and museum exhibitions around the country, including the National Academy, New York; Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa, OK; Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO; the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY; and the Bradford Briton Museum in Big Horn, WY. Mr. Whitcomb is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. He was the Coors Western Art Exhibit Featured Artist in 2009. The artists of the 2009 Northwest Rendezvous Show in Montana chose Skip Whitcomb for the Award of Excellence.

You can view Whitcomb’s work at the 2010 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale (Denver, CO) – (January 9, 2010-January 24, 2010).

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale began as the joint inspiration of the Coors Brewing Company and the National Western Stock Show. Since 1993, Coors and the National Western have worked together to develop what is now considered one of the finest western art exhibits in the United States.  

Exhibit Location:
National Western Stock Show Complex
4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, Colorado

Exhibit Hours:
Weekdays – 9 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Friday & Saturday – 9 A.M. – 9 P.M.

For more information visit www.NationalWestern.com

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