Gary Baughman

 Artist’s Statement

Art is an expression unlike any other. Art lets the viewer past my skin and into my heart.  Art is not something I do but is an expression of that which already exists within me even though I may not know at the time exactly what it means. We all have an inner voice waiting patiently to be heard. As an artist, that voice gets to be heard and seen by the viewers of my work and by me as it moves our emotions and plays upon our heartstrings. I have been brought to tears viewing an artist’s painting and I have seen collectors of my work overcome in the same way.  What is it about a two-dimensional piece of paper or canvas covered with pigment in a seemingly random way that causes these deep feelings within the human inner soul? What is it about a melody that keeps you humming or whistling it all day? Imagination from the heart of the artist or songwriter evokes this special feeling within the viewer or listener. Art, like music, connects and awakens that part of us which we already possess, the voice within our soul.

How do I connect with viewers and collectors of my artistic creations?  I try to move them to identify with the subject matter, be it large as a mountain or as small as a rosebud by creating my own individual interpretation. As an artist, I engage the viewer by re-interpretation of reality through manipulation and exaggeration of shape, value, color, line, texture, and balance. Art is a springboard for imagination; it is an endless array of beautiful gifts that are a powerful way of expressing a point of view.

Art survives the ages. Great fine art should become a legacy, passing from generation to generation. I can think of no finer legacy than to have family descendants in future generations on my family tree pass down my surviving works with other family treasures and heirlooms. Fine art has a genealogy as collections in every great museum will attest. Great art stands the test of time. It is my sincere hope that purchasers of my works will enjoy their purchases each day of their lives and will be able to pass them on to an appreciative member of the next generation. Every piece of art that I feel is worthy enough to leave my studio is intended for that very purpose. Every artwork put up for sale is the very best work I am capable of at that time, full of every bit of imagination and skill that I can give it. I use only the finest artist’s materials available with the intent that the work may be on view for at least the next 200 years.

When I affix my name to my work, it is an endorsement giving the viewer permission to stand at the window to my soul and look in for as long as they desire.


    Personal Enrichment Studies, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

    Scottsdale Art School, Scottsdale, Arizona  1985

    Private Study:  Tom Owen, NWS    Watercolor 1976-1980

    Professional Workshops: Frank Webb, NWS, Gerald Brommer, NWS, James Boren, CAA, Teri Ford, PSA

    Albert Handel, PSA, Richard McKinley, PSA, Sally Strand, PSA, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA


     Douglasville Center For the Arts, Four Person Pastel Exhibition, 2021

    Southeastern Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition 2019, 2021 Honorable Mention

    Paulding Fine Arts Association, Fall Exhibition 2018, Pastel, First Place

    Paulding Fine Arts Association, Fall Exhibition, 2017, Best of Show 

    Paulding Fine Arts Association, Spring Exhibition, 2016, Pastel 3rd

    Paulding Fine Arts Association, Member Exhibition, 2015, Pastel 1st, 2nd, 3rd

    Solo Exhibition, Courthouse Gallery, Dallas, GA, 2014

    Art on the Green Juried Invitational Festival, Cashiers, NC, 2010-16, First Place, 2014

    Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Exhibition, Award of Excellence, 2012: Merit Award 2016

    Artist Guild of NW Georgia Juried Exhibition, 2010, Pastel 2nd, 3rd

    Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel Juried Exhibition, 2011

    Magnificent Seven Exhibition, Mable House Art Center, Mableton, GA 2010

    Mid-America Pastel Society Int’l Exhibition, 2010, UArt Award, Pastel Journal Award

    Metro Montage VII, Marietta Museum of Art, 2007, 2009

    Southeastern Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 17,  19

    Connecticut Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition, 2006, 2008, Board of Directors Award, 2010

    Oregon Pastel Society International Juried Exhibition 2006

    Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Exhibition, 2004 06, 08, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

    Three Man Exhibition, Art Station, Kennesaw, GA 2006

    Hilton Head Art Society National Juried Show, Honorable Mention, 2006

    Alabama Pastel Society National Juried Show 2006

    Southeastern Pastel Society Member’s Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2005

    Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Show, Exceptional Merit Award, 2004

    World of Art National Juried Exhibition, Third Place Award, Mable House GA, 2004

    Marietta Chamber of Commerce “Concert in the Park” Official Poster Painting 2004

    Kennesaw State University, Honorable Mention, Art of the Golden Generation, 2002

    Southeastern Pastel Society Member’s Juried Exhibition, Award of Excellence, 1993


    Instructor, Oil/Pastel, Paulding Fine Arts Association, Dallas, GA, 2015-Present

    Oil/Pastel Instructor, Booth Art Academy, Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA  2018-Present

    Oil Instructor, Acworth Arts Association, Acworth, GA  2018-Present

    Past Instructor, Oil, Pastel and Watercolor, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art


    Booth Artist Guild of the Booth Museum

    Paulding Fine Arts Association

    Southeastern Pastel Society, Member of Excellence, President 2013-2016

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