October 11, 2019 - News

A Stroke of Genius: Inside the Mind of an Artist

Local, nationally renowned artist Larry Winborg will create an oil painting at this year’s Art for CAPSA event, an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Malouf Foundation

Known for his masterful abstract, impressionistic, and realistic painting styles, Larry Winborg expresses his passion for art through his timeless creations. His original paintings have been displayed in galleries and museums across the United States and his work can be seen in many private and corporate collections. 

As a respected artist, Larry has received several awards and recognitions and has participated in many regional and national shows, including the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and The Russell. 

Get to Know the Artist

During a recent interview, Larry shared his jou­rney of becoming an artist and how his incredible talent and attention to detail turned into a life-long passion and career.

What sparked your interest in painting? 

Larry Winborg: In first grade, my teacher instructed the class to draw a boy and a girl playing in a field of dandelions. While observing some of my other classmates, I noticed they were drawing the dandelions as straight lines. I thought to myself, “That’s not how dandelions grow.” So, I decided to show how dandelions actually grow. When I finished my picture, the teacher held it up and called it exceptional. She even told my mom I had a special talent. Right then, I decided to become an artist.  

Who or what inspires you as an artist?

Larry Winborg: I have loved art all my life. My parents encouraged me at a young age to pursue my passion and to look at things from a unique perspective. So no matter where I went as a child, I always had that minds­­­­et to look beyond the obvious. And I’ve tried to teach my children that same principle. 

Many people have inspired me throughout my career, including other artists. Everett Thorpe, for example, really caught my attention with his amazing artwork. He inspired me to be bold with my paintings—to just go for it. 

What are the elements of a good painting? 

Larry Winborg: Good paintings hold your interest. I always want to create thought-provoking pictures that touch the heart. A hundred years from now, I hope my work still leaves a lasting impression on people. 

What’s your creative process as an artist? 

Larry Winborg: Each painting starts with a white canvas. But a lot of the other elements happen organically. With one particular picture, I started out by dipping a push broom in some black paint and making one big brushstroke across the canvas. And then, something amazing happened. Some leftover paint dripped off the edge of the broom and landed on the painting. It looked great. 

Realizing early on that accidents happen, has been an essential part of my training. I don’t necessarily create a picture with brushes. I create one with paint. This means the paint is going to do something I couldn’t do with a brush. I call those surprises “happy accidents.”

What does your artwork represent?

Larry Winborg: My work represents beauty and emotion in nature and life. But what’s really beautiful is that two people could be looking at the same painting, yet it represents something different for each person. 

Name a few of your favorite art pieces. 

Larry Winborg: I have many favorite paintings, and can’t ever just pick one. However, I’ve had several breakthrough pieces during my career. One of these paintings is called Goshen. It’s a traditional landscape piece I created while visiting Goshen, Idaho. 

After working on this painting for a few days, I decided it needed some help. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good piece. It just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. And that’s when I threw a bottle of turpentine at the picture. 

A few moments later, my wife, Sydne, came into the room and said, “You just ruined that painting.” As I watched the paint run down the canvas, I responded, “No, I just saved it.” All of a sudden, I could see the potential of that picture and knew exactly where it needed to go from there. 

If a painting is not exceptional, I destroy it and bring it back to life. I want to push my artwork as far as I can. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” And in my case, that’s true.