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Watercolor Landscapes

Lubbock, Texas

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SUMMER GRAZING  14" x 21" watercolor © Tim Oliver  $2850

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Tim Oliver is a Landscape Architect and owner of a design/build landscape firm in Lubbock, Texas. 


Prominent watercolorist, architectural illustrator and teacher Iain Stewart wrote this about Tim’s work:

As a recorder of one's surroundings, it's often easy to push the experience beyond what’s needed in any particular work. Tim's paintings hit that sweet spot between too little and overworked. His choices in how he interprets what he sees and the mood he inspires in the viewer is a clear indicator that he’s an observer at all times—something that’s not easily taught. His control, restraint and painterly approach, combined with his eagerness to move his painting forward, is something I enjoy immensely.”

–Iain Stewart, AWS, NWS from WATERCOLOR ARTIST MAGAZINE, December 2015


Though the Texas watercolorist has little formal art training, Tim Oliver has always enjoyed drawing and sketching. Briefly introduced to watercolor in college, he has since become passionate about the medium.


Tim considers watercolor to be the perfect medium for him to communicate the character, emotion and story of a place. He prefers to paint on location, en plein air.

While Tim will sketch or paint anything that stirs emotion and passion within him, he is drawn to things western, rural, gritty and seemingly mundane. Always, his goal in painting is to tell a story and draw out emotion in the viewer.

Having lived in West Texas, Northern Arizona and Nova Scotia, Tim draws on his own fond memories and reminiscences of those places. Anything evocative of a 'time long passed by' is sure to capture his attention.

Tim lives in Lubbock, Texas with Missy, his beautiful wife and tireless supporter.

“Storytelling through the medium of watercolor in West Texas has afforded me the precious privilege of recording the awesomeness of the sky and the point at which it merges with the land. When I further explore the imprint that humankind has left at this intersection in the form of his dwellings and structures, I have begun to revive memories, evoke emotions and, if successful, tell a story.”  


-Tim Oliver, NWS, WFWS

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More About Artist Tim Oliver:



  • BLA in Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University 1983

  • National Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Signature Member

  • Outdoor Painters Society, Award Winning Exhibitor

  • American Watercolor Society, Sustaining Associate Member

  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Associate Member

  • Southwest Watercolor Society, Associate Member

  • American Impressionist Society, Associate Member

  • GAS Painting Group

  • West Texas Watercolor Society

  • Various awards in local, national and international exhibitions and competitions


Favorite Publications and Events:

  • Cover Artist WATERCOLOR ARTIST MAGAZINE December 2015

  • WATERCOLOR ARTIST MAGAZINE "Ones to Watch" Feature, December 2015

  • Featured Artist” Lubbock Arts Festival, 2017“

  • Juried Participant, En Plein Air Texas, San Angelo, Texas, 2015, 2016

  • Trappings of Texas Invitational, Museum of the Big Bend 2018-19


Most Influential Art Teachers:

  • Iain Stewart, AWS,NWS

  • Joseph Zbukvic, AWS

  • Richard E. Scott


Sharing His Art:


Sampling of Artists That Tim Admires:


  • Ted Kautzky

  • Frank Reaugh

  • Andrew Wyeth

  • Rowland Hilder

  • Peter Hurd

  • Dean Mitchell

  • John Lovett

  • Joseph Alleman

  • Tom Schaller

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