"Each painting I do springs from an idea I have about my subject. I'm not a formulaic painter, meaning I don't use the same approach for each painting I do. This is a sometimes risky way of working, but it's what keeps my love alive for the process. I feel like I can never learn it all, so each new day is an opportunity to challenge myself to grow in new directions. The end result hopefully, is painterly, with great color, light and drama. I hope to catch your eye and make you think differently about the scene, and perhaps, about painting."
A lifelong 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 Teachers Scholarship by the Marylin Sunderman Legacy Fund for his innovative workshop techniques.
Cody has been featured in many books - Sedona's Best Artists, Sedona Verde Valley Art, Plein Air New Mexico, Jack Richeson Series - Volume One, The Richeson 75 International - Landscape and Exteriors 2007 and magazines - including the cover of Sedona Magazine (fall 2008 with 3 page color feature) Western Art Collector (many times), American Artist Workshop Magazine, Arizona Highways, Southwest Art, Sedona Monthly, Phoenix Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine (feature article) A 5 page feature article in Plein Air Magazine (June/July 2015) Most recently an 8 page feature article in SouthwestArt Magazine (Feb. 2019).
For more than 20 years, Cody exhibited his work in Jerome AZ. Cody is a founding member and former Vice-President of the Arizona Plein Air Painters, and is a core member of the Jerome ArtWalk Association, and Jerome Chamber of Commerce, and has been a cornerstone of the Jerome arts scene for nearly two decades. After traveling full time around the US painting plein air from his RV studio, he began to explore Europe. Cody has now fallen in love with Portugal and painting the seaside villages and countryside around the famous Porto wine country. His recent visit to Arizona has been to celebrate his exhibition "Cody DeLong: Painting the Miles Between" at Mountain Trails Gallery Sedona where a body of luminous and colorful landscapes of the Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, the Sonoran Desert, the red rocks of Sedona, and more are on exhibit.