Rock Newcomb was raised on a ranch in southern Idaho where he developed a love for nature and the environment. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from California State University. Newcomb taught for twenty-six years before becoming an artist full-time. The first Indian artifacts he found were on the ranch in Idaho. Rock has been able to study and photograph a myriad of historical artifacts.
He paints in acrylics, working primarily with semi-opaque colors and very thin washes of acrylics. He uses techniques that he acquired working with oils and watercolors. Rock is especially drawn to subjects with interesting forms, textures, colors or patterns, such as still-life’s that depict ancient Southwestern artifacts.
His artwork can be found in private collections and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. The focus of numerous exhibits, his art has been included in several museums, including the Smithsonian. PBS television chose Newcomb as a demonstration artist for “The Artists Workshop” series, and many publications have featured his work, including the magazines Southwest Art, Western Art Collector and Art of the West, among others.