Hello
My name is Dale Finley
My first exposure to creative art was during my childhood living in Northeast Ohio where our next door neighbors' grandfather lived with them. In their backyard they had a work shed where "Grandad", as he was know to all, stored his three wheel motorcycle and used as a make shift painting space. I would visit him there from time to time to watch him paint, and occassionally work on his motorcyle. Those happenstance sessions sparked an interest to paint.

    
Recently, a childhood friend and Grandad's great grandson, shared one of
Grandad's paintings that currently hangs in his mother's house. Oddly, some
50+ years later I vaguely remember him working on this piece. Signature
in bottom right corner - "Grandad".

    
Grandad Baker, likely from late 1960's
 With no access to formal training at that early age I did the best with my limited understanding and readily available materials. I made my own frames and streched old table cloths as canvas. My sister kept one of my earlier works in which you can see those crude efforts.
One of my earlier efforts using an old tablecloth as canvas
My formal training was that of an industrial designer (BS Industrial Design, Kent State University)
I enjoyed a full career designing and marketing various plastic “functional packages” including child resistant packages – yes, those which adults struggle to open. The curriculum emphasized  various  rendering techniques with focus on perspective, proportion and line drawing. And, although at the time I questioned the relevancy of art history, it exposed me to “fine art”. Specifically, late 19th century Russian and American painters that furthered my interest in oil painting. Those works are as intriguing to me today as they were then.

Free of commercial responsibilities I’m at liberty to simply pursue “art for art’s sake".  A welcome juxtaposition of a singularly produced oil painting vis a vis mass produced packages. My manner of painting is colored by those 19th century artists that ideally imparts a loose realistic quality. Mixing that influence with content derived from a moment of observation I look to draw attention to the interesting compositions found in everyday settings.  I trust viewers find my works easily relatable, evocative and delightful to the eye.

Education and Training

B.S. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, Arizonia

Artist Mentorships, Dawn Whitelaw & Kevin Menk

Professional Memberships

National Association of Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society (www.noaps.org)

American Impressionist Society (www.americanimpressionistsociety.org)

The Chestnut Group (www.chestnutgroup.org)

Awards

Award of Excellence - National Association of Oil and Acrylic Painters Society International Exhibit 2019

Featured Artist - Indigo Gallery, Anderson, SC, featured artist September 2019