Portrait Gallery: Roger McCoy
The names of several of Roger McCoy’s paintings best explain who he is as an artist: “Paradox of Being,” “Solitude of Self,” “Kent Clark and Barbie.”
McCoy, 64, is both a philosopher and a mixed media artist, saying his creative process is an opportunity to let “the conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, desires and emotions work their way out of (myself) and onto the working surface of the canvas.”
“I’ve always had a philosophical nature,” he said.
A Grand Junction resident for nearly 10 years, McCoy’s studio is filled with paintings and pieces of mixed media art predominantly of naked people because McCoy has spent decades marveling at the emotion of the human form.
Although he has only lived in Grand Junction since 2003 — he loves the openness and dry air of this area — McCoy has been an artist for more than 40 years.
He made a decision shortly after high school in the late 1960s in Denver that art was his passion and worth pursuing as a career.
He enrolled at the Colorado Institute of Art. Eventually, McCoy went from student to instructor at the institute, teaching drawing.
“It was the best thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “It freed me.”
The steady income from teaching enabled McCoy to create what he wanted, allowing him to explore more of the psychological and philosophical power of art.
“As the years have gone on ... (I’m) making more of a commentary on the human condition,” he said.
After stints in Chicago and Dallas, McCoy made his way to Grand Junction, where he paints and teaches painting and drawing at Colorado Mesa University as an adjunct professor.
It is McCoy’s love of teaching and learning that has him convinced there are always new topics to explore and paint, particularly when it comes to the human condition.
He’s “looking for some element of truth,” McCoy said. “Truth is elusive.”
Examples of his work are displayed at http://www.fingerprintsstudio2.com.
The site also displays artwork created by McCoy’s wife, Martha McCoy, also an artist.