Tim Downs was born in Chicago and now lives in Glenview with his wife. After graduating from DePaul University, he taught elementary school for five years in Chicago. He then worked in sales and sales management for thirty-seven years with Macmillan and McGraw-Hill School Publishing in the K-12 market. He volunteered visiting hospice patients for five years.
He is a current member of the Glenview Art League and has exhibited in the last two 6×6 exhibits at Glenview Public Library.
Tim is a current member of the Skokie Art Guild and has attended its Life Drawing classes for seven years; he has exhibited paintings in their annual shows at the Skokie Public Library, as well as it’s exhibits at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie.
He has also attended Life Drawing classes at Truman College in Chicago and at both campuses of Oakton Community College.
Tim is enrolled in painting classes at the Insight Fine Art Studio in Skokie and has been for four years.
His other hobbies and past time include cooking, gardening, reading and travel.
“I have always been a doodler and sketcher. I did some painting while at DePaul, but since then my larger interest has been in Life Drawing and now see the rigor of drawing as valuable preparation for painting. I am fortunate to be able to pursue both drawing and painting and consider both as learning experiences.”