Born in rural Michigan, George Bodde started painting and drawing as a child. Art was a family pastime. He entered and won numerous awards in local competitions and helped finance college with pen and ink greeting cards of his hometown’s historic landmarks. Today, the topics of George’s work are inspired from a passion for outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and fly-fishing. He feels fortunate to have visited many spectacular places in pursuit of these activities.
As a youngster, George was first inspired by the watercolors of Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and California painter Franz Bischoff. He currently follows the work of numerous plein air painters and enjoys the works of a number of early California landscape artists for inspiration.
George graduated from Michigan State University and specialized in operations leadership. A dream come true, he was able to retire in the fall of 2017 and pursue his passion of the outdoors and creating impressions on canvas of his experiences. Aside from painting full-time, George and his wife reside in Pagosa Springs where they enjoy fishing and planning traveling and skiing around the state.
Items displayed at our gallery