Aaron S. Bivins

Aaron S. Bivins


March 18, 2015


Ohio Watercolor Society, Toledo Artists Club, Flint Institute of Art


Aaron Bivins’ passion for painting spans several decades.  A graduate of the University of Toledo and former art teacher for the Toledo Public School system, Aaron has worked mainly with watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints. He continues to this day to teach art classes, inspiring and bringing out the artist in everyone around him.  His work is routinely on display at many of the local art shows here in Toledo.

Tell us more about some of your past projects?

Currently I’m participating in two Art Exhibits one at The Toledo Lucas County Main Library Downtown Toledo until March 29th this is a One Man Show. The theme of the show is “The Great Migration”. The other exhibit is the “Roots of Diversity” currently until April 10th.

What current projects are you working on?

I’m currently producing works in Acrylics, Oils and Watercolor for the upcoming Outdoor Art Fair season I participate in Art Fairs in Ohio and Michigan.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

I believe that Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are very active Art Areas and I really enjoy sharing my Art work in these areas.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes?

Being able to continuing to hone my painting skills while working a full time job which I’m now retired from and raising our family.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

Listening to “Real Jazz” music.

Tell us about your background?

I’m originally from Alliance, Ohio and I came to Toledo to attend the University of Toledo in 1974 on a Football scholarship. I was an Art and Education Major. First Art job was as an Illustrator for the old LaSalle’s Department store. Then I worked as a Jr. High Art Teacher while working nights at UPS I did both for about 10 years. I left Education and worked for UPS until my retirement. I also do commission, Jury Art shows, Teach painting classes and do Summer Art Fairs.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

I paint and paint and paint and when I get tired of painting, I paint Some More.

Favorite place for local culture . . .

Toledo Art Museum

Toledo’s “Best kept Secret” is . . .

My Art Work however, I’m continuing to work on that!

My favorite place to chill locally is . . .

My basement studio

My favorite natural space in Toledo is . . .

Any of the Toledo Metroparks

When I’m working hard, I can always be found . . .

at my easel!

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative progressive people.

It would be more Hills and or Foothills that would really add to my Landscape paintings.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

I think the current “Roots of Diversity Art Exhibition” was a wonderful opportunity to discuss art processes with the many artists that are participating in the show.

Name one person (living or deceased) that you would like to collaborate with.

Any of the impressionist Artists!

Name a CD, Book or Website you can’t live without.

My first Watercolor Books by Walter Foster that I’ve had for over 35yrs. I reference them today.

Three words that best describe me or my work are:

Colorful, Spontaneous, and Energy

My biggest vise is . . .


I’d like to see _____________________ in Toledo

more "jazz"

What’s the last dream you recall having?

Driving on a long trip and didn’t get there I woke up!

The last lyric that moved me was:

Luther Vandross’s “A house is not a home”

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Any of Denzel Washington’s characters

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

From my wife, the birth of our 3 children

My most inspiring moment is . . .

When I finish a painting and then start the next one.

I want my last meal to be . . . 

BBQ Ribs!



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