Local Artist Finds Inspiration for Abstract Works on Minnesota's Backroads

A painting by George Crocket
George Crocket travels the region’s backroads to explore new vistas of inspiration.

George Crocket became interested in art through his “wonderful art teachers” at Worthington High School and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), where he was formally trained. Most of his work features landscape paintings done with pastels, which create beautiful, color rich images.

In recent years, Crocket has created abstract works that are much different from the landscape art he has spent many years perfecting. Getting started is the hardest part, and he finds solace in the words of Pablo Picasso, who said, “Inspiration exists but has to find us working.” While Crocket prepares for his next work of art, he often has no idea where the painting will take him. “It’s the little surprises that happen in the process,” he says, that motivate him. He is always looking for the element of mystery in the end product—whether it is within his new abstracts or his trusted landscapes.

A painting by George Crocket

Crocket’s favorite places to find inspiration can be found in the southeastern part of the state, near Wisconsin and Iowa. He’ll travel the region’s backroads to explore new vistas of inspiration. He plans to write about his adventures and the people he has met during his journeys.

Crocket’s work is on display at the Arts Consortium of Carver County’s Art Center in Victoria.