“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” – Pablo Picasso

Chuck Gumpert majored in art at Cypress College in California, studying the gamut from drawing and painting, to illustration and advertising design —and most importantly, specialization in what at the time was the still-emerging field of computer graphics, photo manipulation, and desktop publishing.

After a semester in Europe, a move to Seattle, and a five-year stint as a graphic designer at the University of Washington — he found himself at Gig Harbor, Washington painting!

Now he enjoys a studio setting in a 1915 farmhouse in Port Orchard, Washington. New surroundings have fostered new inspiration, freedom and experimentation — his journey continues to challenge and excite!

His works are influenced and inspired by what he considers “abstract” music: Björk, Radiohead, R.E.M., Muse; and the symphonic work have Philip Glass and others. To Gumpert, the beauty of these types of music, is the lyrical and sonic experimentation — at once discordant, minimalist, harmonic, and nonsensical — which conveys all manner of emotions, images, and narratives.

Gumpert taps into a creative pulse and power at the core of his being, the earth and the universe. He brings visual language to the viewer to be interpreted on the most personal of levels. He says his works simply transport him into another world.

Gumpert explains, “Each new piece is an exploration — the canvas tells me where to go and the colors and tools are the vehicles to get there. My pieces are expressive, energetic, moody and thought provoking. I have been experimental in subject and technique — yet without confining myself to formula or habit.”

Represented by Brian Marki Fine Art Palm Springs, gallery owner Brian Marki says of Gumpert’s works, “The thing I think is most powerful about Chuck’s paintings is how he brings excitement with his use of color; which can be interpreted by the individual viewer as a very personal story.”

Explore Chuck Gumpert’s work online at or . Or stop by Brian Marki Fine Art & Framing, 170 E. Arenas Road, in downtown Palm Springs. Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm.