Gary and Kathwren Jenkins
The Artist couple Gary and Kathwren Jenkins live in Sedona, Arizona, where they have their art studio and gallery. Gary and Kathwren made their names as artists and taught painting for many years. Their seminares are legendary.
Gary Jenkins was born in Brooklyn New York. Gary began his art career by attending the 4 year Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Upon graduation, Gary worked as a key line Artist for a large greeting card company. Gary also worked for the well known art store chain Aaron Bros. During the early 1970’s, Gary became an art teacher and gallery painter, specializing in Floral Painting.
In 1980, the opportunity came along for Gary to host his own national P.B.S. television painting program, “Jenkins Art Studio”. During the 1980s -1990s he also toured nationally to major conventions and art stores to teach painting seminars, and is still teaching many workshops a year. Gary has painted for many fine art galleries as well as owning his own studio and galleries.
Many of his paintings have been put into print and are in private collections. Gary was given the prestigious title as of one of “The Best Floral Painters in America”, presented and published by North Light Books. In The early 1980s Gary started producing his own “How To” video instruction tapes. These were the first art instruction video’s to be sold in the United States and are still being sold today, through the Jenkins mail order business.
During Gary’s early television career, he hosted 17 national television series that aired in the United States for a period of 16 years. Many television art books were also produced at this time. Gary’s original paintings are currently shown in Carmel, California. Dozens of his paintings were also produced into prints and sold to many fine art galleries in the United States.
Gary has several Giclee prints on canvas. His favourite subjects to paint are florals. He is especially known for his trademark style of the Jenkins Roses and Poppies. Gary started to develop his style of floral painting in the early 1970s. His well known has been taught to thousands of students around the world. Gary also paints Exotic birds and tropical fish, which have many of the same vibrant colours of his florals.
As of 2007 Gary has once again started to host his own television series. His new shows will be televised internationally for the first time. Gary’s hope for the future is to continue with his long career of teaching people everywhere how to be creative oil painters. A true artist never stops creating. Gary currently resides in Arizona U.S.A. with his artist wife, Kathwren.
Kathwren Jenkins was born in Toronto Canada, and raised in Southern California. Kathwren began oil painting at the age of 18. She also majored in art in high school and attended art courses in the evening at a junior college.
Kathwren continued to paint and learn on her own all through the 1960s. In the mid 1970s, she became an art teacher at a studio in Nevada where she was living at the time. In 1980 she met her husband Gary Jenkins. Kathwren then began to team teach with him, travelling nationally to about 30 states per year.
During the 1980s and 1990s Kathwren also wrote several of the television books for her husbands’ television series. She produced two non television art books. During this same time, Kathwren also hosted several of her own art instruction video’s for their Jenkins non television video production business.
In 1990, Kathwren became a co-host along with her husband Gary, of the popular national P.B.S. television art show, “Jenkins Art Studio”, This continued until 1999.
Currently Kathwres originals paintings are shown in fine art galleries in Carmel, California. She also has several of her paintings in Giclee prints. Through out the years, Kathwren has continued to teach, and more recently became a co-host once again with her husband Gary on their international art show series “The Beauty of Oil Painting”. Kathwren wrote all the books that go along with the television series and is also co director of the shows. Kathwren will also continue to produce more “How To” art DVD’s. Painting florals and exotic birds is her passion. Kathwren hope for the future is to continue her long art career with her partner and husband Gary.
“I love to paint florals more than anything else. Florals can be painted in vibrant colours or soft pastels, depending upon the mood you wish to express. The shapes are interesting to me, especially when painting the very large flowers on oversized canvases.”