Francis Livingston is an American painter born in Colorado. He studied at the Rocky Mountain School of Art before moving to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art in 1975. Early in his career, he took inspiration from the great painters Sargent and Whistler. After living in San Francisco for a while he began to find inspiration in the Bay Area Figurative movement. This led him to experiment with new colour palettes indicative of the Bay Area Movement. He also became interested in the French Impressionist and California Impressionists.
While living in California he often painted the Santa Cruz boardwalk as he was intrigued with the seediness, and ambiance of the area. He also often paints places that no longer exist, or paints them at the height of their beauty as opposed to the worn down look they may possess in present day. He eventually moved with his family to Sun Valley in Idaho where he became one of the most important living painters of the West. This move also gave him a bigger appreciation of the West in his work and his understanding of the people, land and history of his new home.
What I love about his work is, like the French Impressionists, the way that he captures light and the essence of a place in bold and beautiful brush strokes. I also love the softness he is able to capture in his work. It rarely feels as if there are sharp edges and somehow everything is blended together while still being separate. His style also makes me think of Joaquin Sorolla and also of our instructor Andrew’s work too. He really is a master of capturing a specific place in a specific time of day in such a beautiful way.