Kimbell McCurry finds the western way of life and Western art work very interesting from the western landscape to wildlife, horses, cowboys, Indians and frontiersmen.
“It is a whole way of life that is so American,” he said.
McCurry is the featured artist for the 20th annual Western Art Show that is currently taking place at Landmark National Bank, Central and Spruce, now through Friday, Aug. 2.
McCurry, a native Texan who now resides in the Kansas City area, paints in a representational impressionistic style depicting many subjects but has found a particular interest in western and rural motifs. He received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Midwestern State University, then worked as a graphic artist and owned a screen printing business for many years. After his children went away to college, he took a drawing class that flourished into a passion for oil painting.
“I always had a knack for drawing and I always said that I was not going to be competitive -- was just going to paint for my own enjoyment,” McCurry said. “But the next thing I knew I was entering art shows.”
Just recently he won first place and best of show at STEMS Plein Air, the Kansas City area’s premier outdoor painting event.
McCurry was influenced by television such as “Gunsmoke,” “Wagon Train,” and “Roy Rogers.” It is these shows as well as studying art work from other western artists that helps him create his own unique style with oil painting. He said he likes oil painting over pastel painting because you can create many different colors from mixing just a few colors.
“I like the tactile feel of oil, it is a loose style without a lot of hard edges,” he said. McCurry has been oil painting for 10 years. In that time he has also helped with organizations near to his and his wife Linda’s heart. Painting for Cancer Action and St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Research.
In October he paints a painting a day with the proceeds of each sale going to Painting for
Cancer Action. Also in February he paints a painting a day with the proceeds going to St
Luke’s Cardiovascular Research.
“This is one of the most meaningful things that I have done,” McCurry said.
While in Dodge City this week they are looking forward to learning about the history of the community, touring the area and going to the rodeo.
You can view McCurry’s work 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day this week through Aug. 2 at Landmark National Bank, Central and Spruce.