Photo by Ron Chilston
Cody DeLong has been a cornerstone of the Jerome arts scene for 17 years now and is one of the town's most accomplished oil painters. His style is often described as 'luminous' and upon entering his Jerome studio, one is struck by the beautiful sense of light and color in his work. There is also an array of subject matter and painting techniques on display, as he lives the mantra “Experiments lead to insights”.
Cody's love of art is evident, but he clearly loves the little mining town on the hill, too. He supports Jerome in a number of ways, from donating art to various local causes, such as the Jerome Humane Society, to helping maintain the first Saturday Art Walk event, and supporting the Chamber of Commerce.
Though he enjoys living the small-town life here in the Verde Valley, Cody's reputation has grown into a national one. He has been featured in many of the top art magazines and is invited to prestigious shows such as the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, an event he won in its second year and where he continues to be a top seller. He has also been a top seller (and award winner) at the Zion National Park event for the last several years. Cody's works are in the permanent collections of the Zion National Park Lodge, and the Grand Canyon Association.
Galleries in other states are now calling on him to participate in special shows, including 'Traveling the West' which will be held at Southwest Gallery in Dallas in October 2015. This is expected to become one of the more predominate shows of the year. Cody is proud of his association with Museums too, such as the Museum of Northern Arizona, in Flagstaff, where he held the record for highest auction price until last year, and the Phippen Museum in Prescott.
Cody is also regarded as a talented painting instructor, winning an award from the Marilyn Sunderman Legacy Fund for his innovative workshop techniques. Although Cody admits that he doesn't teach much anymore as demand for his work and painting commissions keep him busy.
Cody divides his time between plein air (outdoor painting) and studio work. Most weeks he can be found painting in his Jerome studio Wednesday through Saturday, while the rest of the week he paints outdoors. He also spends countless hours at his computer, dealing with the business side of things.
Cody is a consummate student, constantly mining for insights and techniques about all things painting. Mostly though, Cody talks about brush mileage, experience gained and new roads that await. When asked about the future, Cody says enthusiastically, “I feel like I'm scratching at the edge of something exciting. I can't wait to see where my work will take me in the coming years.”
The Cody DeLong Studio is conveniently located in the heart of Jerome Arizona, (300 Hull Ave, between the visitors center and 'spook hall) in a historic building; this was originally a Studebaker dealership during the town’s mining days. There is even one of the original gas pumps that can be seen in front of the gallery.
Cody has been featured in many magazines, including the cover of Sedona Magazine, (fall 2008, 3-page color feature), Western Art Collector, American Artist Workshop Magazine, Arizona Highways, Southwest Art, Sedona Monthly, Phoenix Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine (feature article) and Southwest Art Magazine (Feature on his Jerome Studio - June issue 2012, My World pgs. 110-111).
Cody has been quoted saying;
"To paint well requires more than just good technique, and it's more than just a raw emotional response to nature's beauty. It's also about knowledge, experience and a concerted sustained effort toward personal growth and insight. Learning to paint is largely about learning to 'see' with greater sensitivity and expressing those ideas in a skillful painterly way".
This is evident in his canvases, which capture the light and color of the west in a dramatic fashion. Fortunately, his timeless landscape paintings are not limited to those who can visit his local art gallery in Jerome Arizona. If you would like to inquire about a Cody DeLong landscape piece, please email him at email@example.com and don't forget to sign up for his newsletter.
"These go to eleven!" (Spinal Tap reference for the over 40 crowd :-)
How do I commission a painting?
I accept an increasing number commissions each year. Many people have a classic car or truck, want their home or property immortalized on canvas, or have a great vacation photo or special occasion to commemorate. I don't do babies, it has to be something I'm interested in, and I'll need some good photo references. If the subject is within driving range, I like to see it firsthand and take my own photos, but if not, I can usually work from your photos.
The next step after we have discussed your idea via phone, email or in person, is to exchange (email) photos. After we have agreed on a photo or photos we both think would make a good painting, and the size of the canvas that will work best in your home, I will require a deposit of 50% to begin the painting. Price depends on size, subject, framing, shipping etc. We will work out all the details before I begin, so there are no surprises and it's a great experience for both of us. A general timeline for completion will also be discussed before I begin. (Usually about a month from the start date).
Communication is key, so I always ask lots of questions before I begin. I believe this is one of the reasons I have so many satisfied collectors.
This is your opportunity to be part of the creative process, most collectors find it to be an exciting and very rewarding experience.
Contact me to discuss what you would like to have in your very special painting at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or give me a call. 928-300-4576.
I look forward to creating a unique, archival one of a kind painting for your family to enjoy for generations to come.