“Each painting I do begins with an idea, something that’s inspired me. I try to distill this into my own underlying abstract design and interpretation of nature. The balance I’m searching for lies in creating a work that is technically proficient as well as ‘painterly’, with great color and sense of light and drama.
A life-long student of art, Cody has studied at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Scottsdale Artists School, where, in 2003, he was awarded a Merit-based Scholarship. In 2004, the Oil Painters of America selected him as that year’s Shirl Smithson Scholarship winner. In 2009 Cody was awarded a Teacher’s Scholarship by the Marilyn Sunderman Legacy Fund for his innovative workshop techniques.
In 2006, one of Cody’s paintings was selected for inclusion in a ‘coffee-table’ style book, titled Plein Air New Mexico, The Jack Richeson Series – Volume One. Three other paintings were included in The Richeson 75 International – Landscape and Exteriors 2007.
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 (June issue 2012, My World pgs. 110-111). See ‘Articles’ page for up to date info.
Currently Cody divides his time between his Jerome, AZ Studio/Gallery and plein-air work. He has participated in numerous plein air competitions. In 2007, Cody won the Artists Choice Award at the Plein Air New Mexico event in Santa Fe. In 2008 Cody won a Vasari Award at the Sedona Plein Air Festival. He also won Best in Show at the Plein Air Painters Annual Members Show, 2009. In 2010 Cody won First Place at Paint the Aspens plein air event, and he made the 2010 Paint the Parks – Top 100.