ABOUT TIMOTHY CHAMBERS

REPUTATION

Tim’s career spanning thirty years, his reputation among galleries, collectors, and peers is that of a serious museum-caliber artist with a distinction as one of the few artists who can capture true colors of nature. His work combines realism with essence. He is especially noted for his outdoor portraits. Tim’s landscape paintings are gaining an increased following and winning awards. As one gallery owner noted, Tim “has a beautiful sensitivity to light, color, and soul that few artists possess.” You can view Tim’s landscapes in the Gallery. Works available for purchase are here.

WHAT SETS TIM APART FROM THE REST

There are a host of good paintings, and a few great painters out there. But how many of them see as Tim does yet being legally deaf and blind? Tim has less than 10% of normal vision (read the full story here), yet he sees beyond the obstacles to beauty that touches the soul. “Tim Chambers is a fellow artist who creates beautiful paintings not in spite of- but because of- his weakness,” says Joni Eareckson Tada. 

INSPIRATION

Tim was privileged to learn from his father William Chambers, also a professional portrait painter. From his dad, Tim learned the importance of passion and excellence to your work. “Deliberate thought gives purpose to every brushstroke,” Dad would say. “And, I’ve found, to life overall,” adds Tim.

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 intrigued by life, both in the simple and the complex,” Tim says. “My dad taught me that there is a purpose to everything, 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; we’re all coping in one way or another. I am learning that it’s not about attaining success, but about helping each other find meaning and enjoy the journey together. Seeing and painting the beauty along the way is one way I can contribute.”

HELPING OTHERS

Tim founded Iguana Art Academy, to teach others the joy of creating. He also regularly offers workshops to adults and children.

RECENT AVAILABLE WORKS

View works available for purchase here.

AUTHORED BOOKS

Tim has written and illustrated a beautiful book, Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life (Amazon). He has also authored Oil and Acrylic Portraits (Amazon).

FEATURED IN…

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.