What I’ll be teaching? Throughout the week, I will be leading sharing my approach, philosophy, and technique with attending artists.
Painting and drawing from direct observation is the foundation of my practice, so as much time as possible will be spent painting and drawing from life. Throughout the week, we will spend vital time studying excellent artwork and artists, exploring and strengthening our understanding of compelling composition, clarity of vision, and a cohesively dynamic effect for each painting. Feeding our inspiration and studying great artwork is vital.
Named by the Portrait Society Of America to the “Top Ten in Tennessee” 2016 awards, Thomas Caleb Goggans is a Contemporary Naturalist painter, Studio teacher, and faculty member at Townsend Atelier.
Caleb’s artistic path began in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the early age of twelve where he began as an apprentice under Gordon Wetmore, Chairman of the Portrait Society of America. During his formative training years, Caleb studied and worked with many critically acclaimed artists, including John deMartin, Jerry Weiss, Bart Lindstrom, Michael Peery, and Randolph Melick.
These early foundations nurtured an appreciation of the Naturalist painters of the Nineteenth Century. The intrinsic humanity and aesthetic depth of artist such as Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, and Lepage are a constant inspiration.
In 2003 Mr. Goggans moved to New England where he rigorously continued his studies atone of the only traditional art colleges in America,the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. As an Adams, Wardlaw, and National Merit Scholar his work quickly advanced, thriving in the focused studios. Living in New England provided a rich visual and cultural environment, quick access to museums in Boston and New York, and valuable input from artists like Everett Raymond Kinstler and Dean Keller.
Upon graduating with honors and receiving the coveted Stobart Fellowship from the Lyme Academy, Mr. Goggans established his studio on Signal Mountain outside Chattanooga. Known as the Scenic City, Chattanooga is nestled on the Tennessee River and is a thriving enclave of artists of every discipline. In that rare community of fine artists and galleries, Caleb passes on the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years as part of the teaching faculty at Townsend Atelier.
Goggans’ work explores the rich contrast of the human experience through representations of the figure, interiors, people, and landscapes. His work is found in public and private homes and business around the country, including the Wardlaw, Islieb, Rufo, Dangremond, and Migliaccio collections.