Cody Oldham is a professional seventeen-year-old realist wildlife and landscape oil painter who has been painting since he was eleven years old.
I started painting when I was 11 years old and have been a professional artist since I was fourteen. I’m always learning and experimenting with new subjects, styles, and techniques. There is really nothing else I’d rather do.
I paint for hours every day, either in the studio or en plein air, always working to improve. Some paintings come out better than others, but I know that not every painting is going to be a masterpiece. I’m always pushing myself harder and trying new things. Experimentation is learning.
Growing up in beautiful Colorado, USA, I’m constantly surrounded by the wildlife and landscapes I enjoy painting. I first began my artistic career in my father’s gallery in Salida, CO where I began to study my craft. I spent several months experimenting with abstracts, wildlife, and dinosaurs (as any kid would). For a while, I got into sculpting dinosaurs, and then I started to do small paintings of them. The artist that inspired me to paint dinosaurs was New York artist James Gurney who is still a huge influence on me and my work today.
After painting and sculpting dinosaurs for about ten months, everything changed when I found New Zealand-based artist Andrew Tischler. Andrew has helped me tremendously with painting techniques, the business side of art, and much more. Andrew and I are still good friends to this day. We get online about every month where I ask him questions about art and several other topics.
I’ve also been influenced by studying the way great artists such as Robert Bateman, John Banovich, and Norman Rockwell created their beautiful masterpieces. These artists helped me progress quickly in my career. In 2017, I knew wildlife and landscapes were what I wanted to do, so I spent about a year and a half studying different styles of painting like Impressionism. At the beginning of 2018, I found a style of painting called impressionistic Realism which has stuck with me until now.
I started a YouTube channel in January of 2020 where I have the opportunity to share what I have learned from these masters with people from around the world. I also have an Instagram page (@Cody_Oldham_Artist) where I’m growing my followers and sharing my painting journey every day. I’m dedicated to my painting career now more than ever.
I have had several one-man shows throughout Colorado which are listed on my Exhibitions page. In 2023, I plan to open my own gallery, the Cody Oldham Fine Art Studio & Gallery. I’m really looking forward to sharing this with you! I try to convey a sense of reality in my work, to make it feel like you’re standing in the landscape and that the elephant is going to jump right out of the canvas.
If you are interested in purchasing a painting, commissioning something unique or have any questions, feel free to send me an email through my contact page.