California plein-air painter Tim Solliday won his first art competition at the age of fourteen and knew he wanted to paint for his career. He attended a city college in the Long Beach, California, area but soon dropped out having been disappointed with the art courses.
Solliday then went to work as a sign painter, and learned the principles of art. When he left the sign company, he painted on his own and supplemented his income by creating posters, doing book illustrations and doing artwork for the film industry.
At the Lukits Academy of Fine Art, Solliday studied for six years with Theodore Lukits. He began selling his work at local art shows and has since found a national following.
Solliday works from a studio in Alhambra, California, once inhabited by Frank Tenney Johnson. His subjects include landscape, narrative and figures. He has earned top awards from the Oil Painters of America, California Art Club Gold Medal shows and the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.
Reference: Southwest Art Magazine, February 2004