Geoffrey McCormack AWS NWS was born in Berkeley, Calif. He attended Cabrillo College & San Jose State University earning a Masters Degree in Art with emphasis on sculpture. Following graduation Geoffrey taught Visuals Art at Cabrillo College for 12 years. Concurrent with teaching, he established a freelance illustration studio.
After more than thirty years as a sculptor and illustrator he came to watercolor late in 2007. He then quit everything he didn’t do well to focus solely on watercolor and in 2008 joined the Watercolor Society of Oregon.
“ I'm a studio painter influenced by trompe l'oeil, abstraction and later, photo realism. Although I don't adhere to all the cannons of either school, I feel at home with their ideals. My paintings hover somewhere between illusion and realism. They are about creating both ephemeral space and material presence.”
A few of Geoffrey’s recent achievements include Best of Show at the National Watercolor Society’s 89th Annual Exhibition plus Signature Membership. In 2013 he received the Walser S. Greathouse Medal and Signature Membership from The American Watercolor Society, Also in 2013 He won Best of Show in both Spring and Fall exhibitions of the Oregon Watercolor Society.
2013 Shenzhen Watercolour Biennial / Shenzhen Art Museum / China
2014 Invited to Eau en Couleurs International Watercolour Biennial / Belgium
2015 &16 Invited to exhibit in Fabriano in Acquarello / Fabriano Italy
2015 NWS/China Small Image Exchange Exhibit / Shenzhen China
Geoffrey McCormack is still teaching; both 1-on-1 and Workshops. He is also available for jurying, demonstrations and critiques.
Chaos theory, watercolor