Complete Painter was originally entitled "Painting Secrets" and was
produced at Comcast Cable's Northwest Indiana studios. Eight shows were
produced and broadcast during 2006' - 2007'.
show, being different than most painting shows was very well received, and it
wasn’t long that a Florida-based art network and a Chicago-based cable
broadcaster both offered Jeffry contracts to produce an ongoing series. Meanwhile,
Jeffry had further format improvements
in mind, needed more air time to fulfill those needs, and felt public
television would actually fulfill those needs best.
show “The Complete Painter” was then born.
Jeffry's intentions had always been to produce a painting
show like no other - a show that included every topic useful to artists
– making viewers well-rounded “complete” painters. He includes information no
other painting show on television covers – as well as practical instruction most
universities don’t even cover!
show might be described as an artist’s lifestyle show – including everything
artists do, or need to do, on a daily basis in order to achieve one’s personal
goals in painting. It’s also much like a
documentary when researching people and places to be painted on the show. So
those who don’t even paint find it
educational and interesting as well – giving insight as to how artists create
the work many of us buy, or just appreciate.
those who actually do paint, most
demonstrations are given in oils, but other mediums are also included, covering
nearly any painting and drawing media. And because such a wide range of
topics are covered, even the most experienced artists benefit from watching the
addition, Jeffry periodically takes viewers on brief tours visiting people or
places of interest to amateur and professional artists, art patrons, and
the program and provides the majority of lectures and demonstrations on
painting technique. However, some of the top artists in the country also
contribute as guest instructors.
art-related guests contribute as well, along with guest composers supplying select
featured background music. Last, serious
paintings often require some pre-painting research. Our experts in the many
we paint help in this department - making the show interesting, fun, and educational
for all types of viewers, not just
teaching philosophy is based upon first teaching strong technical skills and
possessing a strong understanding of representational art. When teaching,
he prefers to inform the student more on technique, rather than on artistic
style or expressive philosophy. By first mastering painting
technique, and having proficiency in painting our actual physical
world, the student possesses the "tools" (or actual ability) to
express themselves in many different ways - without limitations. Imagine
Mozart trying to write and play all the music he “heard” in his head, but could
only play 3 chords - on only 1 instrument!
also feels the "expressive" nature of an artist’s work actually should come from within the
individual student anyway. "Feedback on artistic direction is always
helpful, but not when a student spends all their efforts trying to copy their
mentor’s work, or some other artist." Studying other successful artists
exercise, but a student should strive to find their own inner “voice”, and not
waste too much energy on something
that’s already been done.”
last objective of the program is to teach "fine art" methods to those
who may have believed they were only capable of understanding (and producing)
craft or “decorator” art. We want to demonstrate that most armatures can
produce more professional looking work when they are simply given the right information,
and work in a more thoughtful way.