George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist, has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George also teaches Plein Air workshops around the country.
Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. "The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response."