Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1951, Gerald Rahm was interested in art from a young age. He was copying Time Magazine covers by age 7 and won a scholarship to attend the Columbus School of Art and Design after high school. Declining the scholarship to follow other pursuits, it was ten years before Gerald turned his focus exclusively toward art. After moving to Fort Myers, Florida and working in the construction trade for a few years, Gerald enrolled in the South Florida Art Institute in 1985. There he passionately studied figure drawing and painting, art theory and still-life. While Gerald works in both oils and pastels, he is committed to helping bring the medium of pastel to the height of respect that it held in the 18th Century. Gerald is a consummate plein air artist. He works at a single site at the same time every day ensuring that the light and shadows are consistent. Working in this manner, it may take as much as 3 to 4 weeks to finish a single piece, if the weather cooperates. Light of day is the most important quality that Gerald seeks to capture in his paintings.
He says, "...the way the sunshine turns golden in the California fall afternoon, the heavy mist that invades the Santa Monica mountains at unpredictable times during the summer, the peaceful solitude of an ordinary backyard. These are the masterpieces of nature....As great as the influences that have propelled me to this point, none is as great as nature herself."
A multiple award winner, Gerald exhibits thoughout Southern California, and his work can be found in many important corporate collections.
Member: California Art Club, Signature member of Pastel Society of America.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.