George Allen Durkee is a San Francisco street artist turned Northern California landscape painter. He has been a contributing writer for The Artist’s Magazine  and American Artist  and is author of Expressive Oil Painting - An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes  (North Light 2009). George produces entertaining and informative videos about painting which are free to view on YouTube.



George Allen Durkee is an oil painter, author and video producer. An academic underachiever and a troublemaker, George ran away from home at the age of 14 and lived in a neighborhood park. As a young man, he became interested in oil painting while working in an apple orchard near Yakima, Washington.

Living far from any art school, George enrolled in a correspondence course and worked nights as a janitor while studying fine art with an emphasis in oil painting. After completing the four year course, he quit the night job to paint full time. As an emerging artist with little access to the world of upscale galleries, George loved painting outdoors in public as a way to market his work. In 1976 Durkee relocated to Eureka, California, but found himself traveling frequently to larger towns in order to paint and sell his work. He moved to Portland, Oregon four years later. Too cold and wet to paint outdoors during the winter months, he began seasonal migrations to southern California while living in his Dodge van. He eventually settled in San Francisco where he contracted with an art dealer who paid for the cost of picture frames and guaranteed his income. But George soon experienced “philosophical differences” with the dealer and struck off on his own. Painting in public for the next eighteen years, he developed an enthusiastic following for his San Francisco cityscapes.

In 2001, George moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California to paint landscapes. Known as “Geo” to family and friends, he is co-owner of an art gallery in Murphys, California. 

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