Gerry Winant-Artist Statement
There's a common perception
that artists are born with a special talent. If I have a talent
it's simply the persistence to keep painting, despite the hard
work, the disappointments and frustrations. Painting isn't easy.
There are times when I'm so exasperated by my apparent inability
to capture a scene that I can easily understand why some artists
have destroyed their works. But usually, after some time has
passed, I can learn useful lessons from that experience that
will enable me to improve in the future. This is not really any
different than striving for most other goals in life. After witnessing
this in myself and many other friends, colleagues, and teachers,
I've concluded that virtually everyone has considerable artistic
ability. Otherwise I wouldn't be painting, nor would thousands
of other artists. Of course, there's always genius whether it's
in art, music, sports, gardening, business or any other endeavor.
But that doesn't stop any of us average types from singing, playing
an instrument or a sport, planting a garden or earning a living.
Everything of value takes work and we don't have to be gifted
at birth to gain enjoyment and satisfaction from these pursuits.
So, I encourage you to join me in the search to fulfill your
Having experimented with
various media, I've found my greatest satisfaction in painting
with oils. I'm primarily drawn to painting landscapes although
I love the challenge of figures as well. I have to give considerable
credit to the Adult Education program offered through Santa Barbara
City College for the majority of my success. Their extensive
art classes and superb teachers are surely some of the best in
This alone would make it very hard for my wife, Ann Sanders,
who is also an artist, and me to ever consider moving from Santa
Barbara. Painting has introduced new excitement, discovery and
passion into our lives. We typically paint together, whether
it's in plein air or the studio and while this initially presented
its own challenges, much like dance classes, we've eventually
found harmony in working side by side.
We also try to enroll in as many workshops as possible to experience
different approaches and painting in new locations. Here I am
in the photo trying to look like an artist on location and alongside
is the requisite dog (borrowed from a friend) to add a touch
of sensitivity to my image.
I was born in Los Angeles but my father was a career Naval Officer
so we moved extensively around the U.S. After college, I was
committed to a four year stint in the Navy which was extended
to seven years due to the Vietnam War. I served predominantly
in Underwater Demolition Team and SEAL Team. I returned to Stanford
University after the Navy and moved to Santa Barbara to attend
UCSB for a career path in biology and biochemistry. I spent a
brief period in a pharmaceutical firm before transferring to
Santa Barbara County Environmental Health.
After I retired in 2000 I began my third, and hopefully final,
career - art.
University of California, Santa Barbara: M.S. Biochemistry, 1981
Stanford University: BA. Psychology, 1964
Santa Barbara Adult Education:
Plein Air and Figure Drawing classes.
Workshops and teachers: Glenna Hartmann, Jim Anderson, Michael
Drury, Thomas Van Stein, John Iwerks, Cathy Quiel, Marcia Burtt,
Mark Kerckhoff, Rick Schloss, Sally Strand, Clark Mitchell, Stanley
Goldstein, Albert Handell, Jean LeGassick, Randall Sexton, Richard
McKinley, Arturo Tello, Chris Chapman, Anita Hampton.
Santa Barbara Art Association, Goleta Valley Art Association,