Oakley artist Roy Jessup will be featured at Studio Friday hosted by Colby Community College on Friday, Nov. 1, in Ferguson Hall, rooms #502 and #503.
The event will be held from 9 a.m.-12 noon and from 1-3 p.m. Area artists are invited to attend and bring their works in progress to share and work on during that time. There is no charge to participate. Studio Friday is funded by a grant from the Thomas County Foundation.
Jessup was raised in Phillipsburg. He currently lives in Oakley where he balances his artwork time with a full-time job, wife, kids and all their activities.
“I grew up drawing horses and cowboys and copying the pictures from books about Charles Russell, Frederick Remington and Norman Rockwell,” said Jessup. “I am largely self-taught. I’ve picked up tips and techniques from other artists along the way such as some watercolor techniques from Earl Kuhn in Medicine Lodge and pencil techniques from Dino Cornay in New Mexico.”
Many of Jessup’s works come from reference photos he takes during the spring and summer months.
“The fall and winter months when the days get shorter and the temperature drops I start in with my ideas to put them down on paper. Almost all of my artwork starts as an idea with many reference photos because I want a lot of detail in my artwork. For people who know my subject matter, the details are what catch their eyes. People will know when a buckle is out of place or when a horse’s foot is disproportionate,” said Jessup.
“I have not yet figured out when to stop on a piece of artwork,” said Jessup. “There are very few that I’ve completed–which I would not be able to put back on my desk and add more detail. I generally move on when the inspiration fades.”
For more information about Jessup or Studio Fridays, contact Rebel Jay at (785) 269-7065.
—Story via press release from CCC