About the Book
I have spent most of my life as an engineer and plein air painter. Analysis, control, technique ... engineering background, I’m sorry. Not really. All my analog days I have been trying to make things like they should be, or should look like; as the world should be or wants to be. It’s taken its toll on me. But as I have gotten older the mind cannot keep up with the imagination. Reality is in question. So what is reality anyway? The very depth of the art consciousness is to express other realities.
Imagination is hard to understand - with the mind anyway - but the heart and soul understand. I have always been a dreamer, lucidly in technicolor; with memory, but images go beyond dreams. The funniest bring the best memories; and images that are funny and crazy catch me up the best.
Interesting enough after a couple of years of painting my fantasy work, my plein air work tends to have strange things happen. It is hard to be straight anymore. Some of my students now have picked it up too. The so called ‘real’ world now looks wilder and spooky and funnier. Things that happen around me have more humor in them, or at least I think so. Others might not agree. Ha.
Works of Fantasy
Jerrold Turner is one of the Bay Area’s prominent Plein Air painters and a founding member of the Outsiders, a group of plein air painters whose colorful, Fauvist style relates back to such groups as the Society of Six, the Fauves and other colorist schools. Jerrold is a structural engineer, graduated from UC Berkeley with BS and MS degrees in engineering. He is primarily self-taught in art and painted with Lundy Siegriest and Terry St. John. His early influences were Daubigny, Matisse, William Keith, Seldon Gile and Lundy Siegriest. He is very influential in the arts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Jerrold teaches advanced plein air painting privately as well as in workshops in Benicia and Walnut Creek, CA, and in Virginia City, NV. He also has curated several exhibits for Arts Benicia Center Gallery. Jerrold has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows and his art work is in collections throughout the United States.