Troy Kilgore Art

Artist Profile

Photo of Troy KilgoreTroy has lived in Bloomington, Indiana for 34 years. He paints in a representational manner, but with a unique brevity all his own. He was featured in the July 2017 issue of Plein Air Magazine.

He is skilled at depicting light, which he attributes not only to experience, but also to using a split primary palette composed of both warm and cool colors. His drawing skills are evident, as he paints loose and abstractly while still conveying each scene with authenticity and realism.

Troy believes painting outdoors is essential to making studio landscapes. "For an artist to really understand nature and how light affects color, they have to study and practice outside."

Artist Statement

I study outside "en plein air" all year round. Some studies I make larger in my studio, others are left as they are because I feel I cannot improve upon them or because they are better smaller and more intimate.

When I stop to paint, it is usually because of the light and not necessarily because of the thing or place. I try to capture the sentiment, the way I felt about what I saw or experienced, and put it on canvas so that hopefully others can know how I felt at the very moment of inspiration.

Select Awards and Shows

2018
Art Muse Master Class - Dec Winner
Art Muse Master Class - Dec Hon Mention
Door County Plein Air - Featured Artist
Paint Grand Traverse - Invited Artist - Hon Mention
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air- 4th Place
Indiana Artists Juried Exhibit - Merit Award
John Waldron Arts Center 2-Man Show

2017
Door County Plein Air - Featured Artist
Kekionga Paint Out - Third Place
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air - Hon Mention
Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibit
Fairfield Paint Out - Judge
Persimmon Festival Art Show - Judge

2016
Oil Painters of America Salon Show
OPA Online Showcase - Honorable Mention
Artist's Magazine Annual Competition - Finalist
Tippecanoe on Canvas Plein Air - 1st Place
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air - 3rd Place
Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibit - Memorial Award
Outdoor Painters Soc - Plein Air Southwest Salon
Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibit
T.C. Steele Festival of Flowers Paint Out - Judge

2015
Oil Painters of America Salon Show
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit
American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibit
Artist's Magazine Annual Competition - Finalist
IPAPA Annual Show - People's Choice & 3rd Place
Augusta Plein Air - Hon Mention / Purch Award
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air - 2nd Place
Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit
Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibit
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibit
Solo Show Gallery Two - Carmel, IN

2014
OPA Online Showcase - Honorable Mention
RayMar Fine Art - Monthly Finalist, Nov/Dec
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air - Best of Show
First Brush of Spring Plein Air - 1st Place
Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibit - Merit Award
Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit
Hoosier Salon Indianapolis, IN 3-Person Show
Hoosier Salon New Harmony, IN 3-Person Show
Richmond Art Museum Exhibit - Purchase Award
Bloomfield Art Festival Plein Air - Judge