Although George is from the Cumberland area, he has spent most of his adult life travelling the world as a career military officer. This has given him the opportunity to observe history and other cultures from a unique perspective. A graduate of Allegany College, Frostburg State University, and Auburn University, he has earned a Master of Science degree in Political Science. As a self taught artist, with interests in both sculpture and oil painting, his works could best be classified as Pop Surrealism. Invoking a level of reality while maintaining simplicity in representation, his paintings capture emotion through the use of bright colors. His sculptures conversely find emotion through shape, avoiding the use of color for realism. Color in sculpting is used to set a mood or tone during interpretation. Both, paintings and sculpture, look for aspects in life that are either attractive or patently in the absurd. It is George’s belief that, although art can be evocative, it should be honest and, when possible, elicit a smile. His most recent works are what he refers to as “layered abstract,” a combination of abstract and surrealist art.
George has a son who is serving as an Officer in the U.S. Army and his wife Beth is a Registered Yoga Teacher. The Lanigan’s reside in Short Gap, WV.