When you’re painting, time doesn’t exist, according to local artist Bryan Geoffrey Lamb.
“His work runs the gamut from contemporary to impressionistic and everything in between,” Lamb’s wife said.
The Destin man said he mostly paints with oil but uses some acrylic, working with brushes and a palate knife. He lists influences from Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Monet.
“I’m all over the board,” Lamb said laughing.
The self-taught artist has been painting since fifth grade, taking every art class available to him. He even taught younger students while in high school. A Detroit-native, Lamb accepted an art scholarship to Henry Ford Community College.
Since his school days, Lamb said he has preferred to spend his Saturdays creating art.
“I would rather stay home and draw than go to the movies,” Lamb said.
Lamb said his original inspiration came from looking at works by the “old masters.” He remembered visiting museum when he was younger and just wondering how famous artists, such as Rembrandt and Gainsborough, transformed small items like a button into what looked like actual brass.
Today, he says he draws most of his inspiration from nature and the world around him.
“Just in everyday life I look at a colorful bird or something, sunsets and things, and start examining those things closely," Lamb said. "A lot of composition and form comes from nature. Seashells and different things just have that perfect ratio.”
Lamb’s work was featured as a cover of The Beachcomber in October 2009 and he has exhibited at the Destin Festival of Arts twice. His work is available for purchase at Killough’s Interiors in Destin, Sugar Beach Interiors in Miramar Beach and Mulhollow’s Bistro in Fort Walton Beach.
“You can’t have a more beautiful place to paint than Destin,” Lamb said.