Artist Jeff Fleming uses fingerpainting to create exuberant portraits of dogs. Growing up in Southern California, Jeff was first introduced to fingerpainting in kindergarten. He painted through high school and college and won several art awards, including Best of Show in a city wide student competition. After graduating with a degree in journalism and advertising, he went to work as an art director. For the next 40 years, he created print, radio and television ads for a number of top agencies. "After retiring in 2019, the clouds of stress and pressure cleared and allowed me to set my creative energy free," says Jeff. He began developing new techniques focused on the excitement and energy of painting. Today, he uses a variety of methods and tools, including fingerpainting wearing nitrile gloves, traditional paint brushes, bamboo shish kebab sticks, kite string, spraypaint and splattering. While working, Jeff always listens to music, including Broadway musicals, dance music and rhythmic Hawaiian tunes.
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About The Artist
What you see in my work are reflections of positive energy. I want my art to trend away from the negativity in the world and embrace kindness, fun, and happiness. I use a lot of color, whether complementary or vibrating - I like the serendipity. Because I apply paint using my fingers, brushes (and sometimes string and sticks), there are a lot of variations in texture.
Dogs are a popular subject for me because they fill our lives with love, loyalty and reasons to smile. Each morning I look forward to a 3-mile walk because I know I will cross paths with many fur buddies - ready to smother me in kisses. I take that love and transfer it to art, simple as that.
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1978