About the Artist Bruce Strickland is a self-taught oil painter but inspired by a handful of influencers. Most notably world renowned artist Donny Finley. Bruce grew up in the small town of Talladega, Alabama, at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He was able to enjoy the beauty of small town America and the simplicity of simple living. Although all of his original childhood and early adulthood work was given away or sold, the one thing he did hold onto was the love of painting. Fascinated and inspired by light, he seeks to show his inspiration through oil painting.