Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1952, Tim Solliday resides in Southern California in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Inspired early on by his artist father, Solliday won his first art competition at the age of 14, which provided the confidence and resolve to choose art as his life’s work.
As an adult, he discovered and studied with the noted painter T. N. Lukits at the Lukits Academy of Fine Art. Here, Solliday honed his exceptional skills and solidified his goal of capturing beauty on canvas in the plein-air style.
Solliday has been featured in numerous magazines, including American Artist, Art-Talk, International Artist, and Southwest Art. He also was the subject of a front-page Los Angeles Times feature.
Among the group exhibitions to seek his work are the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum’s The Treasures of the Sierra Nevada; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California; the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu; and the Jonathan Art Foundation, Los Angeles. In addition, the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena hosted a solo exhibition for Solliday at the Athenaeum Club of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Solliday was part of a two-man show at Art Access Gallery in Ohio, and participated in several shows held in both locations of Michael Hollis Fine Art, Los Angeles and South Pasadena.
Solliday has participated in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational since its inception, placing second in 2001 and third in 2000. He also placed first in the Landscape category of the 1993 Oil Painters of America competition, as well as in the California Art Club’s 86th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. He is a Signature Artist Member of the California Art Club and a member of the Laguna Art Association.
Tim Solliday is represented by American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California; and Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California.