SARANAC LAKE — Roy Brinker shifts easily between two and three dimensions.
In California, he was primarily a clay modeler for the automotive-design industry. Since relocating back East with his family, he’s turned his artistic lens to his drawing and painting roots.
It was a good decision.
He won Best of Show in the Adirondack Artists’ Guild 2012 Annual Juried Show. His exhibition, “Vessels,” is featured along with the works of prize winners Karen Grant, Lynda Naske and Russ Hartung at the guild through Nov. 25 in Saranac Lake.
“The painting that I won the show with was one of the first paintings I finished,” said Brinker, a self-employed carpenter and Cumberland Head resident.
“It was a big surprise for me. I saw the advertisement for this juried show. I thought it would be good for me to show something and get back into things. I was not expecting to win anything.”
In the aftermath, he had to create a work for an exhibition.
“Now, I had expectations. Now, it wasn’t as simple as it had been,” Brinker said.
“Vessels” is an exploration of still lifes — bottle, cup, basin and pitcher, teapot and cups — in drawings, oil and pastel.
“As of now, I have sold three pieces at the opening. My brother-in-law wants to buy a fourth one. I’m really excited about it. Now, I really do have to keep painting,” he said.
His artistic path began as a child, the son of a father who worked as a sculptor in the automotive industry and a mother, who was a watercolorist.
He grew up in Detroit. When he was 17, his family moved to the San Diego area.
“My mother started taking me to college to figure-drawing courses before I graduated from high school,” Brinker said.