Bradley Giles

Land of the Cahuilla- oil on canvas - by Bradley W Giles

Bradley Giles is a listed fine artist and has over 30 years experience in the custom fine art, themed entertainment, interior design, museum and private residential environments. With a degree in commercial art, Bradley is for the most part, a self-taught fine artist, drawing his inspiration for his painting techniques from master painters such as John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Joseph Henry Sharp, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Harvey Dunn, Frank E. Schoonover, Arthur Mathews, Howard Von Schmidt, Maynard Dixon, Albert Bierstadt, Howard Terpning, Tom Lovell, master paleo artists Zdenek Burian and Charles R. Knight.

The genres of Bradley’s paintings range from the atmospheric, historical epic scenes of the past, pastoral or ethereal landscapes, intimate portraits and emotionally gripping snapshots of environmental and historical statements of our past and present…with a visionary portal to our future world landscapes. Bradley has been commissioned to paint large-scale murals as well as various scenic / faux finishing projects for the Mandalay Bay, New York, New York, Luxor, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Las Vegas Hilton as well as many private estates throughout the United States.

Aside from his fine art paintings, Bradley’s other artistic specialties include a wide range of faux finishes, including stone, marble, wood, aged walls, organic custom textures and cement rock carving, painted sculpted animals and human figures, gold, silver and copper leafing, ... view more »

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This 18" x 31" oil on canvas titled "Land of the Cahuilla" depicts a small group of Cahuilla Native Americans, of the Palm Springs region Agua Caliente tribe, returning on horseback, from a hunting expedition in the a time, prior to California statehood in 1850. Summer storm clouds loom over the valley floor and Mt San Jacinto in the distance to the west, casting atmospheric light and shadows on the timeless landscape, when the entire Coachella Valley was the homeland of nine various Cahuilla tribes of the southern California region, dating back 5,000 years to present.

This 25" x 17" painting titled "The Rainmaker". It depicts a Native American shaman, in deep contemplation and prayer, standing atop a mountainous foothill of the American desert southwest, dressed in his ceremonial attire, as summer monsoon storm clouds loom above him. Among the best-known examples of weather modification rituals are North American rain dances, which were performed by many Native American tribes, particularly in the Southwest area of the country. It is believed that the Native Americans often tracked and followed known weather patterns, and also offered to perform rain dances for settlers in return for trade items. For many cultures, a dance to encourage rain is a common practice that stems from age-old Indigenous history. Even on Native American reservations throughout the U.S., where water can be hard to come by, people gather to honor the Earth with rainmaking ceremonies. Many Tribes continue to practice rainmaking. For example, the Ohlone, Lakota and Cherokee, all practice a rain dance to bring life to the earth. Other times, the dance is done to bring cleansing and renew peoples’ connection to the earth. Today, these dances continue to serve as a form of prayer – an invitation or a request for life-giving rain to come back to the land, especially in areas where droughts are common. Water is life, and without it the people would not be nourished, the plants would not grow and the animals would not thrive. It can be easy to forget how much of a blessing water is until you don’t have it. These Indigenous traditions help us to remember that water is indeed a precious resource not to be taken for granted, to be protected and preserved in this age of climate change.

THis painting titled "Spring Storm in Tahquitz Canyon" depicts a massive thrust fault rock formation, which through millions of years of tectonic activity, has shifted and elevated a long ago, dried up shallow ocean floor to about a 35 degree angle.Today it looms high above the desert floor of the Palm Springs region at the base of the Mt. San Jacinto Mountain range. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have called Tahquitz Canyon their ancestral home for thousands of years and is home to a spectacular seasonal 60 foot waterfall, ancient rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife and vegetation.

This is a painting of my parent's Maine Coon cat "Gigi". The painting is 9" x 12" on clay board and private pet portrait commissions are welcomed! The full image of this painting and all of my other paintings can be viewed on my website at

This canvas titled " Mt. San Jacinto an the Approaching Storm" depicts an atmospheric, late afternoon Winter storm enveloping the San Jacinto Mountains near desert region of Palm Springs, California.

This canvas titled" El Capitan Firefall" depicts a natural event that occurs on El Capitan a couple times a year. At just the precise and brief moment, the angle of the setting Sun aligns with the Horsetail Fall that flows over El Capitan, producing what appears to be "lava" or "fire". Definitely a stunning sight to behold from the beauty of the natural world.

This painting scene titled "Song In The Palm Canyon" depicts a serene desert setting, in a time before Europeans arrived in the Palm Springs, California region. A young Native American man, plays a song of his ancestors, as a curious desert Roadrunner listens intently to the ancient melodies in the Palm Canyons of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians tribal homeland.

This is an architectural oil painting portrait of my client's 1880's Victorian Farm House "Elmwood" in Meridian, California.

This painting scene titled "Nocturne Vision Quest" depicts a Native American, all alone in his chosen, remote sacred site, on his vision quest to seek his name, purpose, powers, information or help from his ancestors or spiritual forces...even revelations of his own destiny. He would repeat this ritual many time though his lifetime. A ritual many of us sometimes seek, in various incarnations today, to help us deal with the ever changing game of life. The actual scene location for the painting is in the Palm Canyons region of south Palm Springs, California...a scared site for the Cahuilla Native Americans of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. This is a larger final version, based from my 2019 10" x 10" oil study of the same composition and title.


Statement of Work

Artist Statement:

My oil painting genres range from the atmospheric, historical epic scenes of the past, pastoral or ethereal landscapes, intimate portraits and emotionally gripping snapshots of environmental and historical statements of our past and present…with a visionary portal to our future world landscapes.

Gallery Representation

Gallery Representation (max 500 words):
2023 – California Art Club – “The Four Seasons of the Inland Empire” – Virtual Exhibition: October 16 – November 25, 2023
2023 – Artist Council – Artist Center at the Galen – “Earth” Exhibition: October 12 – November 5, 2023 – Palm Desert, California 
2023 – Oil Painters of American Western Art Exhibition – October 6 – October 30, 2023, Salt Lake City, Utah
2023 – Artist Council – Artist Center at the Galen – Exhibition: February 16 – March 19, 2023 – Palm Desert, California 

2021 – California Art Club – “Mars: An Artistic Mission” – Virtual Exhibition: February 18 – May 31, 2021

2020 – California Art Club – “From the Sierra to the Sea” – Exhibition: January 24 – March 12, 2020 – Folsom, California

2016 – Artists Council – University of California Riverside – “Community” – Exhibition: March 3 – April 22, 2016 – Palm Desert, California

2016 – 5th annual Tour of Historic and Artist Homes – Exhibition: February 28, 2016 – Cathedral City, California

2015 – Artist Council – Palm Springs Art Museum -Exhibition: October 20 – December 6, 2015 – Palm Springs, California

2009 – 2016:  Prehistoric paintings of Columbian Mammoths, Shasta Ground Sloths and other Mega Fauna were exhibited at the Las Vegas Museum and Historical Society and Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

2002 – 2017:  Painting of Rafael Rivera was purchased by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2007. The canvas was on display in Senator Reid’s office in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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