Born and raised in Northwestern New Mexico, Chauncey Homer (B. 1966) grew up in a rural environment where elements of the Old West still prevailed. Raised in a close-knit family, Chauncey's boyhood chores included helping with the garden and the animals. He developed a love for drawing at a young age and used western comic books, such as The Rawhide Kid and The Two-Gun Kid, as references for his sketches. He recalls: "I remember spending hours in painful determination trying to get the facial features to look just like they did in my reference."
As a teen he continued drawing, using Conan comics and Frazetta art as inspiration.
During his years of study in the mid-1990s, he graduated from the Art Center of Tucson and studied with Ron Riddick. For the first six months as Riddick's student, "all students would produce value paintings using only five values with burnt umber and white." The reliance on sound principles versus technique has been critical in the development of Chauncey's style thus far. He also credits Natalie Riddick for her support and the knowledge she has shared with him.
The rural Western environment and a passion for getting the details right lead Chauncey to an artistic style that, although it is still evolving, can be described as a blend of realism and impressionism. Chauncey cites Jules Bastien-LePage, JW Waterhouse, Ernest Meissionier, Mariano Fortuny, and Ilya Repin as among his favorite artists.
My passion for art was inspired at a young age, yet I didn't think of what I was doing as "art", I just drew simply for fun. My mom painted in oils and I remember sitting next to her drawing horses and figures from books and western comics. Although my dad worked as a cop, he would come home and tend to his garden and animals with his cowboy hat on and tell us stories of growing up in west Texas. I had a heroic vision of the west from growing up in NM and living on a small farm, riding horses, and watching old westerns. I also have great memories of living in a close-knit, caring home. My experiences of family, neighborhood, and country lifestyle in the western U.S. have given me a deep appreciation for my life and what we have here. In my paintings, I try to convey the sense of beauty that I see and feel because of those experiences.
The ideas that I paint come about from a blend of history and fiction. Some paintings are historically accurate and some are intended to be a timeless fragment of what could have happened. I have read that fiction is more philosophically important than history because history represents things as they are, fiction represents things how they might be and ought to be. I would describe my art as timeless, classic Western American. I'm working in the tradition of Western European artists from the 19th century that depicted their heritage past and present.
I try to imbue the paintings with the same attributes that would describe how the West was built- God, home, family, country, freedom, pioneering spirit, self sufficiency, hard work, indomitable will, perseverance, quality and innovation.
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