Roy Germon had a rural upbringing in the foothills of the Berkshires in Northwestern CT. Drawn to more urban environs he moved to NYC to attend The School of Visual Arts where he earned his B.F.A. in illustration and painting in 1990. He stayed on in New York and worked as a freelance illustrator for the next 13 years. His illustrations were published widely in nationally in magazine, books and newspapers.
While working as an illustrator he explored printmaking pursued his interest in art conservation but by the late 1990s had turned his primary artistic focus back to painting. In 2003 with a wife and two young children it seemed time to relocate to a less chaotic landscape to pursue his art and raise his family.
“In my paintings, I am more likely to rely on the strength of a broad brushstroke over a finely drawn detail of the landscape,” said Germon. “Invented color relationships often win out over a more exact palate found in nature. Though many of the locations in my paintings have real and emotional significance to me, ultimately my paintings are ideas of those places, transformed by my systems of organization and mark making. My manipulation of ‘place’ is both intentional and intuitive and the most successful works comprise equal parts observation, imagination and discovery.”
Littlefield Gallery is located at 145 Main Street and open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery will close on Monday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m.