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Timothy David Mayhew

About Timothy David Mayhew

Timothy David Mayhew is an award winning artist from the four corners area of New Mexico, located at the borders of Arizona, Colorado, and Utah giving him a uniquely varied environment to work in year around. Timothy David Mayhew's artwork has been acquired by many prestigious museums including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harvard University Art Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

He regularly receives many awards and honors for his artwork including the prestigious Red Smith Award for Best in Show from the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions exhibition in 2015. The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Trustees’ Purchase Award in 2014, the Artistic Excellence Award from Southwest Art in 2011, and the Robert Kuhn Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in 2010. Mayhew's artwork has been featured in several fine art journals including Western Art and Architecture, the Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Southwest Art.

Mayhew did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and he went on to receive his doctorate from Wayne State University in 1978. To expand on his formal education, Mayhew sought out and studied with some of the finest living masters of art. For several years he studied and worked with with the renowned animal painter, Bob Kuhn, to learn how to depict animals in their natural environment. He also studied landscape painting en plein air from Clyde Aspevig and Matt Smith. Mayhew has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 2006, and he was inducted as a signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters in 2007.

Click on the images below to view Timothy David Mayhew's artwork available for sale at this year's show.

Artist Statement

My approach to the creation of art stems from ideas of one of the most versatile minds of Classical Roman Culture, the philosopher and humanist Marcus Tullius Cicero, who said that “Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.”

Thus, I have found that a very essential part of my work involves taking numerous forays into the backcountry to allow me to directly study the landscape and the elegant creatures that live there. While there, I will gather invaluable information, including drawings and plein air oil paintings, which allow me to document and internalize my experiences. It takes resolute determination to leave a warm bed well before dawn on a cold and frosty morning but it is important in many ways. My time spent in nature energizes me and gives birth to my artistic passion, the ephemeral muse that inspires my artistic process.

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