The paintings of accomplished artist Tim Wehnert will be on display at Cornerstone throughout November. Read on to get to know a little more about Tim’s artistic inspirations, then stop by the store to check out his works of earth-toned abstract art!
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
My experience painting came through the studios that I have worked in. I first became interested in making my own backgrounds. There were so many companies out there selling backgrounds, but they didn’t always photograph like I wanted them to. I decided it was time try on my own. Since I could photograph the backgrounds in progress, I could make subtle changes in the paint application.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I work mostly with latex acrylic diluted with water and glazes. The company where I work sells my designs to photography studios nationwide – www.colleenandco4pros.com. I enjoy the challenge of blending colors and altering the paint surface with tools or solutions add to my vision.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
I am heavily influenced by my surroundings. Being a nature photographer and utilizing my photographic eye, I am attuned to textures and things that are naturally weathered: faded paint, rust, distressed surfaces.
Do you have a favorite piece of art in your portfolio?
My favorite paintings are usually ones that tend to have a lot of earth tones and heavy on textures. A few artists I like are Rodney White, who specializes in creating a vintage, distressed look, and Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter.
What would be your advice for artists just starting out in your medium?
My suggestion for an artist trying to find themselves in this field is to find the medium they feel most comfortable with, apply themselves to it and not be afraid to fail. Some of my best pieces have come as a result of many complete failures.
Inspired by his father, Tim Wehnert discovered a love for art at an early age. His passion led him to pursue a degree in Photojournalism, and after graduating college, Tim went on to work in several portrait studios in Indiana, where he grew up, and in Ohio. He currently resides in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, where he works as the primary photographer at the Colleen and Co. portrait studio. Tim specializes in portraiture and sports photography. You can see more of his work at www.timwehnert.com.