Born and raised in North wester n New Mexic o, Chaun cey Homer grew up in a rural enviro nment where eleme nts of the Old West still prevail ed. Raise d in a close- knit family, Chaun cey's boyho od chores includ ed helpin g with the garde n and the animal s. He develo ped a love for drawin g at a young age and used wester n comic books, such as The Rawhi de Kid and The Two- Gun Kid, as refere nces for his sketch es. He recalls : "I reme mber spendi ng hours in painful deter minati on trying to get the facial featur es to look just like they did in my refere nce." As a teen he contin ued drawin g, using Conan comic s and Frazet ta art as inspira tion. During his years of study in the mid- 1990s, he gradu ated from the Art Center of Tucso n and studie d with Ron Riddic k, whom he credits with being an import ant influen ce in his develo ping style. For the first six month s as Riddic k's studen t, "all studen ts would produ ce value paintin gs using only five values with burnt umber and white." The relianc e on sound princip les versus techni que has been critical in the develo pment of Chaun cey's style thus far. He also credits Natali e Riddic k for her suppo rt and the knowl edge she has share d with him. Born and raised in Northwestern New Mexico, Chauncey Homer grew up in a rural environment where elements of the Old West still prevailed. Raised in a close-knit family, Chauncey's boyhood chores included helping with the garden and the animals. He developed a love for drawing at a young age and used western comic books, such as The Rawhide Kid and The Two-Gun Kid, as references for his sketches. He recalls: "I remember spending hours in painful determination trying to get the facial features to look just like they did in my reference." As a teen he continued drawing, using Conan comics and Frazetta art as inspiration. During his years of study in the mid-1990s, he graduated from the Art Center of Tucson and studied with Ron Riddick, whom he credits with being an important influence in his developing style. For the first six months as Riddick's student, "all students would produce value paintings using only five values with burnt umber and white." The reliance on sound principles versus technique has been critical in the development of Chauncey's style thus far. He also credits Natalie Riddick for her support and the knowledge she has shared with him.
The rural Western environment and a passion for getting the details right lead Chauncey to an artistic style that, although it is still evolving, he describes as "mysterious realism." While clearly influenced by a variety of schools, what shows through most strongly in his work is Classical Realism. Yet the quality of softness in the lighting of his paintings suggests the influence of Impressionism. Chauncey cites Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, Repin, and Bastin-LePage as among his favorite artists. Perhaps it is best to conclude with the artist's own words: "I want to depict the subtle beauty in simple, everyday moments. I'm not interested in dramatic vistas or postcard-perfect settings. I find my inspiration in the things most other artists pass up."