By Sally Guynn
Our program for our May meeting titled "Making a Painting Pop" will be presented by guest
artist and oil painter Joey Burrough. The program will focus on an oil demonstration sharing the key elements he aims to include in every plein air oil painting.
A Tappahannock native, now living in Richmond, Joey says, "I first picked up my brushes and began working in oils as a hobby at age 15 and largely taught myself how to paint by reading ‘how to’ books on drawing and painting, and by closely studying oil paintings in galleries and museums." The burgeoning young artist painted whenever he could all through high school, up until 1993 when he left a career in facilities management to pursue his lifelong dream of painting full-time.
At first, it was just a 6-month trial to see if he enjoyed it enough for his avocation to possibly become his vocation. About that time several members of BAAA encouraged him to show in "Arts on the Lawn at Bellgrade" in 1994 and he won Best in Show. That was confirmation enough for him to keep at it and continue painting full-time As a part of his ongoing education, he’s had the privilege of studying under two internationally known award winning artists, Jim Wilcox and Scott Burdick, although he’s learned much from simply painting outside with other artists here in Richmond over the years.
Joey is a member of the American Impressionist Society and has had work accepted into two of their national exhibitions. He also is a member of Oil Painters of America where his work has been accepted int two Eastern Regional shows.