Jeff Weir is a Coeur d’Alene local artist, focused primarily on impressionistic oil paintings of North Idaho wildlife. His preferred media is oil on canvas, painting large wildlife and landscapes with bold and vibrant colors, giving them character and life. Growing up in Athol, Idaho, Jeff had a lot of room to explore and appreciate the outdoors. His love for nature began early on, building forts, chasing his brothers, whittling bows and arrows. It wasn’t until high school he began channeling his creativity through art. Immediately after graduating he began working outside with trees. He would work through the spring, summer and fall as an arborist and would dedicate his winter solely to oil painting, his favorite time of year. While Jeff has enjoyed tree work and the freedom it brings of being outdoors, his passion and ambition is to paint on a large scale, bringing character and life to each piece. As a self taught artist, Jeff is especially grateful for his grandmother who not only passed down her collection of art supplies and dedicated life study of mixing colors, but also her zeal and passion for oils and color. His fervency to bring life and emotion to each piece is achieved through his loose strokes and bold colors. Jeff takes each subject he paints and makes it unique and striking by his vibrant yet subtle use of color. His goal is to create art that gives depth and animation to what would be stoic and serious. He has always had a drive to focus on the brighter side of life and his aim while painting is to do just that.
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