Tim Rees

Written by Dolores Tropiano Category: Arts Issue: August 2014

As a child, Rees was most fond of drawing dinosaurs. He attended Dobson High School and then Collins College in Phoenix to study animation, but dropped out and decided to pursue a career in medicine. He completed most of his pre-med classes, then changed course after picking up a magazine about modern-day master painters. “I thought the world would benefit more from another great artist than another great doctor,” the 29-year-old says. He left for Chicago to participate in open studios and later worked at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art. He currently teaches drawing and painting at the Scottsdale Artists’ School.  

“I am a naturalist,” says Rees, whose work is available at timreesfineart.com. “I paint what is in front of me without much exaggeration.  My work is an honest interpretation of what I see.”