Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1952, Tim Solliday resides in Southern California in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Inspired early on by his artist father, Solliday won his first art competition at the age of fourteen, which provided the confidence and resolve to choose art as his life's work. His first artistic endeavors as an adult were in commercial art, billboards, and the motion picture industry. During this time, he discovered and studied with the noted painter T.N. Lukits at the Lukits Academy of Fine Art. Here, Solliday honed his exceptional skills and solidified his goal of capturing beauty on canvas in the plein-air style.
Solliday has been featured in numerous magazines, including American Artist, Art-Talk, International Artist and Southwest Art. He also was the subject of a front-page Los Angeles Times feature. Among the group exhibitions to seek his work are the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum's The Treasures of the Sierra Nevada; Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California; and Jonathan Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California. In addition, the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena hosted a solo exhibition for Solliday at the Athenaeum Club of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Most recently, Solliday was part of a two-man show held at Art Access, Ohio, and several shows held in both locations of Michael Hollis Fine Art, Los Angeles and South Pasadena.
Solliday has participated in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational since its inception, placing second in 2001 and third in 2000. He also placed first in the landscape category of the 1993 Oil Painters of America competition, as well as in the California Art Club's 86th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. His passion for the out-of-doors and his masterful re-creation of authentic outdoor light has made him one of the best-known artists in the field of landscape art. He now enjoys a nationwide reputation, and several of his paintings are in the personal collection of Oprah Winfrey. Tim Solliday is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and a member of the Laguna Art Association. He is also an annual participant in the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry National Museum in Los Angeles.