Morning Shenandoah Valley, Appalachian Trail at Bears Den, 24x18in eAbout Timothy Chambers:

  • Reputation: Tim has been painting for over thirty years. His reputation among portrait brokers, collectors, and peers is that of a serious museum-caliber artist with a distinction as one of the few artists who can capture true color in his portraits, avoiding the “photo-portrait” label many artists follow today. His trademark is keen draftsmanship in the expression of form as well as an unusual sensitivity to color. He is especially noted for his outdoor portraits.
    Tim’s landscape paintings are gaining increased following and winning awards. As one gallery owner noted, Tim “has a beautiful sensitivity to light and color that few artists possess.” You can view Tim’s landscapes in the Gallery. Works available for purchase are posted here.
  • Inspiration: Tim was privileged to learn from his father William Chambers, also a professional portrait painter. From his dad, Tim learned both the joy of art and the importance of giving all excellence to your work. Work deliberately, not carelessly, giving a purpose to every brushstroke.
  • Apprenticeship Studies: Tim also studied with notable American portraitists Cedric Egeli, Joanette Hoffman Egeli, and Richard Lack, and was greatly influenced by American Impressionist Henry Hensche.  He also studied with Sebastian Capella and Irving Shapiro. Each teacher has left an indelible impression on Tim’s approach to painting.
  • Formal Education: Tim received scholarship offers from many schools after high school, including Washington University (St. Louis, MO), University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, Hamline University, and others. He studied full-time at Northern Illinois University, University of Minnesota, and at Maryland Institute College of Art.
  • Motivation: Years ago, while in his teens, a friend remarked that Tim was easily amused. “I am not so sure that I am easily amused as much as I am greatly awed by life, both in the simple and the complex,” Tim says. “My dad taught me that there is a reason for everything, a purpose, and my mother taught me to enjoy the moment, to laugh easily. Robert Henri, a century earlier, said it is the artist’s job to show the beauty in the commonplace. Life is hard; I believe it is important to get a steady dose of beautiful, and I try to give such to others.”
  • Helping Others Enjoy Art In addition to creating exquisite portraits, Tim founded Iguana Art Academy, an online art school with a unique approach to encouraging creativity for anyone, anywhere. IAA affords Tim and other artists the opportunity to serve the impoverished and less-fortunate on a national and international scale, opening doors of care and opportunity creatively.
  • Recent Available Works View works available for purchase at his blog Seeing Beautiful.
  • SeeingBeautiful-1-coverRecent Book: Tim has written and illustrated a beautiful book, Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life. Full of inspiration, encouragement, and coloring illustrations, it is a wonderful companion for sorting through life’s hardships. Buy it on Amazon.
  • Option B: Tim was featured in the NY Times bestseller Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy   by bestselling authors Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.  

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Re: Oil Portraits

Tim’s portraits convey the essence of his subjects. Not only is Tim an excellent draftsman, he takes the time to get to know his subjects, as we all know there is much more to a person than what’s on the surface. When viewing one of Tim’s portraits, the more you look at the portrait, the more you feel you know the person.

Dating back hundreds of years, oil is the traditional standard for portraiture. No other medium captures the richness and depth of a well-executed oil painting. Tim uses archival-quality materials
and time-tested methods in his work. Your portrait will last for many generations to enjoy.

“The portrait is gorgeous! I am blown away by it. It is really, really wonderful, and that is such an understatement.” -C. Saunders, Charleston, SC

“I just wanted to tell you how much I love the portrait. I just cried. It is definitely the best money we ever spent. To be able to capture that innocence forever makes letting Cayla and Joshua grow up a little less painful. I spent all weekend carrying a copy around in my purse and I could not stop peeking at it. I was just so moved by the energy and essence of the painting. It is like time stopped for one spring morning in May when our children were four years old. Tim, thank you.” Eileen S., S.C.

Re: Pastel Portraits

Tim Chambers believes a good painting is the culmination of keen observation, a joyful heart, and vibrant, confident execution. This is evident in Tim’s portraits. His pastel portraits combine
the richness of his oils, but have a delicateness and softness inherent of the pastel medium.

Tim approaches his pastel portraits just as he does oil portraits, both in approach and the integrity of the materials used. His pastels are framed similar to oils (no matting, only a traditional frame), the only difference being pastel is protected by an invisible, reflection-free glass (Tru-Vue AR Glass).

Some have asked if pastel is inferior to oil, or if it will last as long as oil. If you consider that oil paint is essentially pastel mixed with a liquid binder (such as linseed oil), you’ll see that pastel is actually a more pure medium than oil! In fact, when handled protected properly, pastels often retain their vibrancy much more than their oil counterparts, as seen in pastels by the French Impressionists. Tim uses only archival-quality, lightfast pastels and substrates for his paintings.

“Tim… thank you so much for Emilie’s and Colin’s portraits. I think they are amazing! You really captured their essence.” –Jenny

“Tim, The portrait looks great! I am thrilled. Someone came this morning to see Lucy’s portrait. She was extremely impressed. She said it was her favorite pastel she’d ever seen! Thanks so much!” -T.G., Raleigh, NC

Re: Charcoal Portraits

Charcoal is the oldest of drawing mediums, with charcoal portraits proudly hanging in museums throughout the world. “Charcoal is as close as you can get to painting without painting,” says Tim. It’s an amazing medium, lending itself to a very intuitive process. It has a wonderful range of values, and unlike pencil, is at home in the hands of a painter.

“I love how charcoal boils down the portrait its essence, similar to black-and-white photography. Nothing gets in the way of capturing my subject. There is a regality to its raw truth. Charcoal demands the artist's command of drawing."

Like his oils and pastels, Tim’s charcoals are archival-quality, and will last indefinitely with proper care.

“Tim, the portrait is INCREDIBLE. Thank you so much!!!! You really captured our parents.” -Bijan, Virginia

“The portraits of our children are STUNNING!!! I mean totally, completely stunning. WOW! We are so excited about these treasures. Thank you, thank you!” -Catherine G.

Re: Landscapes

"Landscape painting is dessert," says Tim. "It’s pure joy. No restraints, no one to please. Simply respond to the beauty of nature with heart and excitement; hold nothing back."

We all know that it’s more complicated than that. Tim tell's his students that “a good painting is a lot of good decisions.” His paintings’ beauty is a result of God-given talent refined by a lifetime of training and experience.

Tim aims for simplicity in his landscapes, to identify the essential elements. “You’re painting a moving moment. Can you see everything? No, but you do see something. What is it? What one thing sings to your soul here and now? Get that in your heart, in your head, and out through your hands onto the canvas.”

“Tim captured a Virginia evening on canvas for me, and I love the painting! The colors seem to glow.” -L. Paist, Purcellville, VA

Re: Still Lifes

Still-life paintings are like little portraits. I can arrange the elements any way I choose to convey a story. Sometimes the story comes first, and sometimes the players (the objects) make the story. I really enjoy the writing with paint.

The Fruit of the Spirit series is a great story. I read in the bible that the fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance. I’ve seen artists assign a different literal fruit (apple, banana, grapes, etc.) for each Spiritual fruit. But I wanted to see if I could take one fruit and put it in different settings to convey the meaning from Scripture. It has been a rewarding experience ruminating as I paint.

Winter months are ripe for still-life paintings, a respite from the chilling wind. Winter is also a time of reflection, and stiil-life painting is a wonderful medium to articulate those thoughts.

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