“If I had to do it over again, I'd do just what I did. I think maybe one percent of artists are in those magazines and the rest of us really carry the debt. We are painting in obscurity. But we continue to paint and express ourselves and I think that that is the most important part.”
George would say he works first and paints second, but anyone who knows him would say that he works to paint. He is modest, but proud of his art. He studied the art of painting and printmaking under mentors from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and other artists who work on the outer Cape. Cape Cod is one of his biggest inspirations. The only wish he has would be for Provincetown to be closer to his home in Barnstable.
“I love it here. I have no desire to go anywhere else. I wanted the landscape. I just love the landscape. I think I am just connected to it somehow. I want my ashes in the East Bay in Osterville.”
George built a modern style studio in the yard behind the house where he lives with his wife, and fellow artist, Nancy. The space is filled with a massive amount of artwork. His body of work includes oil paintings and prints that depict various studies. On one wall there are studies of sexuality and nudes. On another wall there are paintings of family and cards. Paintings of racecars and horses are scattered throughout. Some of which are still in progress. Artifacts are set up on a small table for one of his current still life paintings. On another table an incredibly lifelike skull watches over the studio.
Never wanting much accolade for his work, George stayed in the background of the art scene and created for himself. The idea that he did not have to enter into the politics of being represented helped him grow as an artist.
“If I had to do it over again, I'd do just what I did. I think maybe one percent of artists are in those magazines and the rest of us really carry the debt. We are painting in obscurity. But we continue to paint and express ourselves and I think that that is the most important part. Much more important than the hype you read about in all this media. The seven figure sales, the eight figure sales and now the nine figure sales. I mean. It's fucked up. That’s one thing I’m not so sure about all that stuff. You know in terms of what matters to me and the community and the people that are painting. Either you’re painting, or you’re not. You keep on doing it. That creative energy bonds together you know, People are connected. I don’t know about hype. Hype is hype.”
Now at the age of 65, George is taking the steps to progress into the public eye. While he does not believe the hype and has enjoyed creating his body of work, he believes now is the time to start showing the community what he has created. Next year George will have his first organized show at the Orleans Library and he is excited about the event. He looks forward to bringing more of his work into the public and looks to be represented in the near future.
George is an incredibly talented artist and the community deserves to see his body of work. We are all rooting for you and your success.