From his studio in Oklahoma City, Larry Case paints striking realistic images of the contemporary and historical American West. He received a B.A. in art from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and later earned a master’s degree. His pencil drawings and oil paintings deal with people and their relationships with each other, their animals, and their land. Case says, “Drawing and painting is as natural to me as eating or sleeping. It’s just something that has to be done. It’s exciting and rewarding to be able to portray people and a lifestyle that I respect.”
Case draws on the memories of working on his in-laws’ ranch and spends countless hours on research, sketching, and planning before beginning to paint. He also relies on a large reference library from which he resources to create his paintings. Case also spends a lot of time traveling to find “background scenery” and being invited to numerous cowboy gatherings and modeling sessions which will eventually lead to a painting. Case and his wife, Rita, travel extensively and he says, “I enjoy the mountains and painting mountain country really appeals to me.
For each drawing or painting, Case may piece together as many as twenty reference elements to create one image. This allows him to work in his studio under optimum painting conditions and create the paintings that make people feel they are part of the scene before them. His intent is to deliver a piece of art that can be viewed from any distance and be appreciated for its strong composition, vivid colors, and the conveyance of realism. Case appreciates a high degree of technical skill by other artists, and he tries to maintain the highest possible level of this skill in his own work.
Case’s artwork has been featured in several magazines and he has received numerous honors and awards. Three times Case was selected to be the featured artist and do the commemorative painting and limited-edition print for the Nebraska Governor's Western Art Show. He was also selected to be a featured artist at Dodge City Days and the AKC National Western Art Show. In 2012, he received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. His drawings and paintings are in collections throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.