Rock Newcomb grew up on a farm in southern Idaho, where he developed a love for nature and the environment. He began to draw at an early age. Planning to become an architect, he took a required life drawing class in his freshman year of college, and as result, became an art major, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from California State University at Fullerton.
Newcomb taught for 26 years before becoming an artist full-time, and still conducts private workshops and seminars. He now paints in acrylics, working primarily with semi-opaque colors and very thin washes of acrylics. He uses techniques that he acquired working with oil and watercolor.
He is especially drawn to subjects with interesting forms, textures, colors or patterns, such as wildlife and still lifes that depict ancient Southwestern artifacts, as well as prized fishing lures. Newcomb’s interest in Native American artifacts goes back to his youth. “I discovered my first genuine, South-central Idaho artifact, a perfect Shoshone obsidian arrowhead, while following the path of a Ford tractor and single blade plow being driven by my father. I then found the remnants of just about every Indian campground within a two mile radius of our homestead.”
Newcomb’s art can be found in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. His award-winning art has been included in several public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Stockholm Museum of Natural History, as well as the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum.
The artist and his wife, Cody, live in Arizona.
Reference: artist publication