George Riley

Now retired and painting part time, George first studied art in high school. But art gave way to the conventional life of work and family. After retiring from a career in local government administration, art has reentered his life.

George has had recent painting instruction from Dick Crispo, Jan Valtr, Mark Farina and several local college instructors. He likes loose representations of compositions interesting to him. He tries to present a mixture of the familiar with a mood that could transport the viewer. George likes acrylics because of its demand for speed when painting wet. He has recently expanded into wood sculpture, and finds its tactile dimensions rewarding.

He is a member of the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation and the Central Coast Art Association. He has shown work in the Pacific Grove Art Association, Artist Loft on Cannery Row and the Seaside Jazz Art Competition.

George and his artist wife Judy live in Monterey. They add to their sketchbooks on their frequent travels. George's other interest is political activism in support of the fundamental principles of democracy.