Mr. Tim Eaton has been painting scenery for as long as he can remember. The works he produces are entirely done from recollection and imagination. Though he is constantly studying nature through the use of digital photography, there are never any photos used for reference near his easel. He is able to do this after having spent many years travelling and painting watercolors “en plein air” in faraway places such as France, Italy, Turkey and China.
This approach finds its premise and its intent in a quote, which hangs in his studio, from the famous French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas on training the visual memory:
“It is all very well to copy what you see; It is much better to draw what you only see in memory. There is a transformation during which the imagination works in conjunction with the memory. You only put down what made an impression on you, that is to say the essential. Then your memory and your invention are freed from the dominating influence of nature. That is why pictures made by a person with a trained memory are almost always remarkable works.”
Eaton’s landscapes capture poetically harmonious moments in the natural world. Through years of trial and experimentation, he continues to discover fresh ideas, compositions and a variety of techniques—all with the intention of creating visually appealing works to inspire a distinct emotional connection with his viewers.
Most of his work is executed on archival linen or other durable substrates using a combination of colorfast acrylics and modified oils, therefore created to resist damage by sunlight and other environmental conditions for many lifetimes.
Eaton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Vermont. He spent a full year under the instruction of Richard Whitney, who at the time was the youngest member of the Boston Guild of Professional Portrait and Landscape Painters. Subsequently, he spent two years studying painting techniques at the National School of Decorative Art in Nice, France.
Professionally, he has taught decorative painting and finishing techniques to trade groups across the country and has a specialty paint contracting business based in Stamford, Connecticut. He currently works with several designers, fellow contractors, and architects creating works to meet specific size and color requirements.
To view Tim Eaton’s work, visit his online gallery. His exhibit runs February 3 – 28, and his paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome, and admission is free.
Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633.