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Greg Cli­bon was born in 1959. Grow­ing up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he grad­u­ated with a de­gree in com­mer­cial illustration and worked as a free­lance il­lus­tra­tor for sev­eral years. He found him­self al­ways drawn to the beau­ti­ful places of the Colorado land­scape. He started paint­ing full time 10 years ago, and tak­ing work­shops from other artists has been in­stru­men­tal in his con­tin­ued growth.

His stu­dio is at the foothills of Pikes Peak, Colorado, the gateway to the Rock­ies. “I am grate­ful to be so close to all the in­spi­ra­tion around me,” says Cli­bon. “[There are] var­ied land­scapes from snow­capped peaks and rush­ing moun­tain streams, to lonely home­steads, an old weath­ered barn on the East­ern Plains or fall col­ors by old min­ing towns. Ev­ery sea­son is so full of op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Cli­bon en­joys painterly re­al­ism with tex­ture and ex­pres­sion to cre­ate works that leave some mys­tery and in­ter­pre­ta­tion. Whether paint­ing on lo­ca­tion or in the stu­dio, his work is a tes­ta­ment to the land he loves.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate that my paint­ings are the re­sult of hours and hours of con­tem­pla­tive ef­fort,” he says. “Years of ob­ser­va­tion and ex­per­i­ment­ing, joy and strug­gle. Be­hind the ef­fort is, of course, the ‘spark’ or rea­son for paint­ing in the first place. Some­one coined the phrase ‘land snor­kel­ing’ and walk­ing through the land­scape with that in­ten­tion to dis­cov­ery pro­vides the in­spi­ra­tion. The other part is in­tently ob­serv­ing other artists I ad­mire.”

Top: Up Close and Per­sonal, oil on linen, 9 x 12”Mid­dle: Rocky Moun­tain Blue, oil on panel, 24 x 36”Left: Long Drink, acrylic on panel, 8 x 10”

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