Yes, George Coll loves his two pack llamas and fondly referred to as “the boys”. They act aloof but love to pack his painting and camping gear into the high country of Colorado and Wyoming. Each summer they go into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming or the Colorado wilderness areas on the continental divide to capture the essence of Western plein air paintings. Being in the high country with “the boys” is one of the best events of being a painter.
George Coll lives west of Loveland, Colorado, with his wife Jennifer of more than 37 years. In 1993, they purchased their two-acre property with a 1920s-built-home, a barn and several outbuildings that include a studio he built in 1999.
By painting every day he supports himself through his art. The beautiful Northern Colorado countryside and the many people who share his life inspire his painting. George is a Renaissance man whose talents include furniture and cabinet making.
He always believed he had the ability to draw, which is the foundation of his desire to paint. He started painting with watercolors in 1986 at the Denver Art Students League. In 1998, he focused on oil painting. When he asked his first oil painter instructor “how to get good quickly” she said to paint from life whenever possible. Developing drawing skills and painting from life are the guiding principles of his daily painting routine.
George works from life. His models sit for him until completion. George’s landscape paintings are composed on location to capture the essence of light. His larger landscapes are completed in the studio from his on-location field studies.
He is known for his landscape “road trips,” taking him often to neighboring states to capture a three-hour segment of light. He enjoys surprising his painting companions by taking impromptu excursions that often end in the neighboring state of Wyoming.
George also takes inspiration from his artistic heroes, such as Nicolai Fechin and Edgar Payne. His contemporary idols are figure painters Burt Silverman and landscape artists Matt Smith and Scott Christensen.