Gary & Kathwren Jenkins are pioneers in painting instruction and up until very recently continued to publish their television shows and videos.
I remember Gary Jenkins from his PBS program in the 1980s and 1990s. Gary and his wife Kathwren hosted 21 series of programs from 1983 until1999.
He will be familiar with lots of folks in Europe as well as his shows have aired in places like France, England, Germany, and even Bulgaria.
Their videos are still available on YouTube.
Gary Jenkins is one of those PBS painters like Bill Alexander, 1915-1997, and his "Almighty Strokes!" (The Magic of Oil Painting), Bob Ross, 1942-1995, and his "Happy Little Accidents" (The Joy of Painting), or Helen Van Wyk, 1930-1994 (Welcome to my Studio). They were instructors who made me believe I could paint too.
I spent a lot of time sitting in front of the television watching them paint. I continue to spend a lot of time watching their videos on YouTube.
These folks may never have their paintings hanging in the Louvre, but they are iconic painters who came along just the right time. They provided me with much-needed encouragement at the time.
I'm sure, along with the biggies I mentioned above, Gary may have convinced one or two of you that you could make art you wouldn't mind hanging in your own home.
Gary is the only one of those television painters who are still kicking. He and his wife live up in Sedona and continue to do workshops from time to time.
Though they do not currently produce any television or videos, they have developed an online course of instruction; and encouragement.
I remember all of these folks very fondly. As I highlight Gary Jenkins here, I also would like to recognize the others who made significant contributions.
Now, go out and make some ART!