For Trey Finney, painting is the combination of vision and knowledge. The application of the Trey Finney’s knowledge about painting while under the influence of the subject. The subject can be copied verbatim or filtered at the artist’s discretion. Will it be a copy of reality or an abstraction? Will the abstraction be subtle, violent, or a balance of the two? No matter what the choices, the artist will be influenced by what is in their visual plane at that moment in time or what he or she has seen and experienced in the past. Trey Finney believe his paintings reflect that artistic interpretation of vision and knowledge; an impressionistic style with an emphasis on color, drawing and an underlying abstract design. What Trey Finney likes to call Natural Impressions.
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Born and raised in South Carolina, Trey Finney attended the College of Charleston from 1981 to 1983. In 1984 he transferred to the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where he graduated in 1987 with a degree in Illustration.
In 1989, after two years of working as an architectural illustrator, he was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation and spent the next fifteen years as an animator, working on such films as, The Lion King, Hunchback, Mulan, Pocahontas, Lilo and Stich, and Brother Bear, with the Florida studio in Lake Buena Vista.
Since leaving Disney, he has been painting feverishly. His paintings convey a style he refers to as “Natural Impressions”, which is the application of the artist’s knowledge while under the influence of the subject; An impressionistic style with an emphasis on color, drawing, and an underlying abstract design.
Trey is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, American Impressionist Society, and the Oil Painters of America. He has been juried into the annual “Birds in Art” shows hosted by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and hangs in their permanent collection. In 2014 he won an “Award of Distinction” at The American Impressionist Society’s annual show, and in 2016 won second place at the prestigious “Plein Air Easton” show and sale. Other highlights include an “Award of Excellence” presented by the Society of Animal Artists and acceptance in national shows such as the” OPA National Exhibition”, “The OPA Salon”, “The OPA Eastern Regional” and Honorable Mention at 2014 “Plein Air Richmond”. Trey continues to create, teach, and offer his works in galleries throughout the Southeast.