A resident of Erath County since 1979, Debbie finds endless sources of inspiration on the edge of Hill Country, Texas. However, many are found in her own backyard of Morgan Mill, Texas.
Using photographs she acquires while traveling in her RV with husband Mike and dog, Georgia, Debbie often imagines stories to accompany the images she constructs. After ten years in the Graphics Arts business and another 11 owning an automotive oil change business, she finally committed herself in 2005 to devote herself to painting full time. Her favorite medium is oil, but watercolor and pencil are also ways of expressing her love of the beauty God has brought into her life, with favorite subjects being cowboys, Texas landscapes, wildlife, and horse related events.
A member of the Colorado based “Daily Painters” group since 2007 and a founding member of the Artists of Texas in 2009, Debbie devotes as much time promoting the art of other talented people as she does her own. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, caring for assorted farm animals (including chickens), playing with her grandbaby, quilting and riding one of the 3 horses that still reside at her farm.
Debbie says: “Many of my neighbors are real cowboys and horsemen/women. The photo opportunities are endless and the inspirations are bounded only by one's imagination. I feel blessed to be able to indulge two of my passions in such a fashion - painting the country and people around me and riding the horses that are bred here. I am still ‘evolving’ a style. When I was in desktop publishing and designing logos, I drew like an engineer - precise and exact - photographic-like reproductions were my mainstay. Now, as a cherished friend says, I want to ‘hang loose’. My style is not yet established (and may never be!). I am having too much fun trying new things...but I predict if you follow me for a while, you'll enjoy the variety and the evolution!"
As splintering light fractions into thousands of colors, Laurie’s journey in life has encompassed many careers from runway model to graphic artist, from musician to singer, from teacher to artist. She believes the greatest influence in her life is the beauty God provides daily.
A degree in Art, ten years with an advertising agency, and thirty years teaching art has come full circle to top honors yearly at international art shows in oil, watercolor and photography. Viewing a Laurie Justus Pace painting is a rich experience that drips with color and emotion. Her passionate works are alive with movement, boldly created with a wide brush and a palette knife. She loves working with oils, dramatically carving out the paint and transferring her energy to the canvas and ultimately on to the viewer.
Laurie is a co-founder of four working groups of artists, Contemporary Fine Art International, Artists of Texas, Daily Painters of Texas and The 5 Graces. She is Executive Editor and CEO of Visual Language Magazine and is an associate member of WAOW and the Oil Painters of America, The American Watercolor Society, Daily Painters, International Equine Artists and Professional Published Fine Artists. She is a listed artist on askart.com and artprice.com. She has exhibited and showed through out the world. Private collectors, senators, ambassadors and large corporations select her work to decorate their homes and offices.
Her artwork has been published and featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and books. She has been a featured artist in Western Art Collector, Appaloosa Journal, American Art Collector, the HITS on the Hudson Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix and in Cowboys and Indians. Her work has been published on the covers of Appaloosa Journal, The Appaloosa Mountain Directory, and The Sight Hound Magazine as well as several yearbooks, publications and CD music covers.
You can find Laurie Pace original paintings in Mirada Fine Art, Denver, Colorado; The Rare Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; The Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas; The White Dog Gallery, Carbondale, Colorado; South Hill Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky; Earthworks Art Gallery, New York; and the SR Gallery, Hong Kong. Her most highly collected work is that of her painted ponies, Pace’s well loved abstract horse paintings.
Pace resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with her husband Terry, and Kerry Blue Terrier Paddy.
Artist Statement: "For over 50 years, I have been passionate about art and design. As a child my first two oil paintings, an old house and a dog family, foretold my future in architecture and animal art. My journey followed a curvy path while I painted part time through marriage, motherhood, real estate brokerage, business management, and the study and practice of Architecture. In 2005 I came full circle back to studio art and daily painting and established myself as a professional artist. I was a founding member of Art Helping Animals and was juried into the original Daily Painters Gallery in 2006. I am a co-founder of Artists of Texas. A fifth generation native Texan, I am deeply entwined in the land and lore as I paint the sauce of Texas™ and create a collage of my life. Finding joy in the process, I design ... I draw ... I paint."
Memberships: American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Signature Member Artists of Texas
V. Bridges Hoyt paintings are in collections throughout the USA, Canada, Australia and the British Isles.
The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The Earth laughs in flowers...." Nancy Medina has found a way to express that statement through her art. Named one of the best floral and botanical artists by American Art Collector magazine, Nancy is an instructor for the Dallas Arboretum whose paintings are collected around the world.
Known for her bold, impressionistic florals and large container gardens that are immediately eye-catching, Nancy teaches a loose, bright technique that evokes brilliant color.
Nancy's love of art and gardening originated on her childhood farm in Scurry, Texas, where her parents were organic gardeners. Her earliest memories are of standing barefoot beneath 11 foot sunflower stalks in her family's garden. Nancy studied art history and illustration at the University of London, King's College, Chelsea, and oil painting and color theory at Texas A&M University. Today she resides with her husband and their 4 pugs in Flower Mound, Texas, where she paints daily from Flower Mound Art Studio.
Nancy has worked professionally in design and publishing for over 20 years. In 2013, she retired from her 6-figure corporate job to pursue her art and teaching full time. Her original oil paintings have been featured in print and Web publications and on the covers of magazines. When she is not in the art studio, Nancy is a volunteer for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue, the largest pug rescue charity in the nation. You can contact Nancy directly at email@example.com.
Finding beauty in the ordinary is the guiding force behind Texas artist Kristine Kainer’s work. During her formative years in a military family, Kristine moved frequently along the Eastern Seaboard. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Art History and high hopes. Unfortunately, employment opportunities did not match her creative goals and, after much soul-searching and several uninspiring positions, she earned a Master's degree from George Mason University and pursued a teaching career in mathematics. It was during this time that she developed a passion for food (especially shellfish) and began to admire the rustic charm and simplicity of a bygone era.
In 2003, Kristine, her husband, and their young daughter relocated from the Washington, DC area to rural Texas. It was an opportunity to experience a slower pace of life while living on the Kainer family farmstead in Schulenburg. Here, while working closely with the land, Kristine's creative spark was reignited in the form of painting.
A self-taught artist, Kristine specializes in realistic depictions of everyday items. Nothing is considered insignificant. As a result, her works are in both public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally. Kristine and her family currently reside in both Georgetown (near Austin) and Schulenburg where they enjoy the urban, suburban, and rural lifestyles of Texas.
I believe there is a strong human response to color and that it reflects and affects our moods. My painting begins with a broad wash of color and rhythms. I establish a strong design structure and color harmony. Each layer reveals more forms and shapes. The use of lines and textures add intrigue and interest to the surface. My intention is to keep the elements universal and invite the viewer to experience it on an emotional level as well as visually. Even when I make a choice to use a subject such as a still life, landscape or figure, the elements of form, line, color and texture are my focus. I love the delicacy, vigor and beauty in them apart from the subject. My style in expressionist to impressionist, with bold and vibrant colors.
My mediums include, but are not limited to, water-media, oil, and pastel.
"Whether I am painting a bold and abstract painting on paper or canvas, or painting a landscape or still life, or using the colors and texture of gemstones and wire, I find that art is a part of how we live. I hope that my art reflects how I see life....with great appreciation and gratitude!"
Pat’s work is now enjoyed, and collected, by many prominent art enthusiasts from around the country. She attributes much of her success to the professional artists that she has had the rare opportunity to study under. Pat has studied with Master Artists... Robert Johnson, Qiang Haung, Judy Crowe, Daniel Keys, Clayton Beck and John Budicin.
She feels that their teaching, mentoring and and love of art have greatly influenced her personal style of painting. Pat’s main goal is to continue to grow in her art, to achieve an even higher level of professionalism by studying and painting daily and to share her knowledge with others.
As you look deep into the heart of each of Pat’s painting’s you will see that they are not just beautiful pieces of art. Each piece conveys it’s own special message of hope. Each painting carries a message of peace, joy, and beauty. Reminding us of all that God has blessed our lives with each day.
Nathalie Kelley is a full time, self taught artist. She was born into an artistic family in Texas to parents who are professional artists as well as inspiration from her artistic grandparents. Her training has been years of being mentored by her parents.
Nathalie Kelley’s earliest memories are about art. She remembers an early childhood memory at age five of creating paintings and taking them around the neighborhood to sell. To her delight, she sold every piece!
Nathalie owns and operates "With All My Art Fine Art Gallery and Studio" in Snyder, Texas, where she and her husband, Joe, have made their home. Her art includes realism in watercolor, prophetic worship art in acrylic on canvas, and hand painted silk worship flags, streamers and scarves.
Her art work graces numerous businesses, homes, offices, and churches. Her commissioned works include various murals for private and corporate collections, portraits, silk flags for worship celebrations and the illustrations for a children's book "The Little Lamp". Nathalie holds workshops and classes to teach others to release their own artistic expressions.
For 15 years (from 1985 to 2000), Nathalie owned, Nathalie's Inc. a ceramic wholesale/manufacturing company. She designed, painted, and produced millions of tiny pieces of art in the form of ceramic buttons and jewelry. These pieces were sold nationally and internationally. In the 1990's she began to work in watercolor and acrylics and then in 2006 she discovered the challenge and wonderful effects created with silk painting and dying.
Nathalie's creativity is multi-faceted. She is also the founder and director of Doorkeepers of His Glory Ministry. She has ministered to the Lord and to His people with worship arts since 1986. She has had the awesome privilege of sharing her creativity utilizing visual worship arts. She has ministered at numerous conferences, retreats, Aglow meetings, on Primetime Christian Broadcasting, at the 2005 and 2007 Women of Faith National Convention in San Antonio, and the Joy In Jesus Retreat in Guatemala. Her dance team, The Doorkeepers of His Glory, was blessed to be part of Randall Bane's concert production "The Ark of His Presence". The desire of Nathalie's heart is to worship God "With All My Art" and make His praise glorious!
Gaye Sekula’s paintings are reflective of the artist herself; passionate, spontaneous and expressive. She finds great inspiration in trying to capture the wonder of the fleeting moment and finds the most joy in painting “alla prima”. It is her belief that emotion and liveliness are best captured in spontaneous simplicity.
Gaye’s philosophy is that painting is much like meditation; the act of being present and keenly aware, but at the same time, letting go and trusting in all you have learned thus far. Many artists have tried to describe it with phrases such as -"following the muse", "feeling the hand of God on yours", or "being in the flow". Regardless, it is really something undefinable, yet undeniable. The following quote sums it up quite well: “We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too.”
She has studied under such masters as Carolyn Anderson, William Schneider, Henry Yan, Jeffrey Watts and Zhaoming Wu. She has also been greatly influenced by Richard Schmid, Tibor Nagy, Joaquin Sorolla and Nicolai Fechin.
Gaye is a member of the American Impressionists Society, American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America. She is also a supporting member of the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum and the Taos Museum at Fechin House in Taos, New Mexico.
Gaye was born in San Antonio, Texas. After several years living abroad, she and her husband returned to settle in San Antonio.
Anthony A. González works from his studio located north of San Antonio, Texas. He works primarily in oils and for his personal work his primary subject matter is the female figure. He also accepts commissions for the portraits; most notables have been mayors of San Antonio as well as private portraits. He has traveled and studied in Madrid Spain, but much of his technique is self taught. He has given workshops in and around San Antonio as well as Spain and Italy.
"The general focus of my artwork is representational, and my technical approach is intuitive with a primary emphasis on the subject of the feminine. Expression, attitude, form, color and costume are the inspiration for my works. An emotional connection or identification with the figure is what my paintings are meant to convey. It is my hope that the viewer will also identify and connect with the emotional subject of my work."
Texas artist A.C. Lindner uses traditional handcrafted materials and old master painting techniques to create museum quality oil paintings of subjects from everyday life. Lindner paints commissions and participates in both group and juried exhibitions nationally. Awards include the Stanton-Gage Art Scholarship and the Thanhardt-Burger Corporation Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. Featured as an “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art magazine in 2007. Publications include Southwest Art magazine, American Art Collector and International Contemporary Masters. Memberships include Oil Painters of America, Artists of Texas, and American Women Artists. Represented by Russell Collection Fine Art, Austin, Texas.
As a young girl I knew I was an artist. Making art was my favorite pastime. I spent countless hours drawing horses and cowboys while watching TV episodes of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Midwestern roots and life on an Ohio farm were important influences. My father taught me to love and respect all God's creatures and appreciate the smallest details and beauty in nature. I knew early that I "saw" things differently from most people.
In the 1960's neither being an artist nor having an art degree was considered a "serious" career choice. So degrees in Liberal Arts and Interior Design followed by 35 years as a commercial designer is how my artist dream was manifested. In 1996 during a conversation with my father just prior to his death, he acknowledged me an "artist" and told me to get about living the dream I once had. That conversation was the permission I needed to finally embrace the artist within my soul.
My art is both two and three dimensional. Essentially a painter using water-based media, I also make small sculptures with found objects using whatever man and nature discard. My favorites items are small containers such as mint tins, tree parts and "treasures" found during walks. St. Francis of Assisi said it is worthy elevating the humble to the holy which inspires me to collect "trash and make it into treasures."
During my "art process" I experience increased energy with a sense of urgency. Ideas come fast and time zips by. I struggle with the urge to over-think ideas and just let the Holy Spirit guide me. In those precious moments I recognize that I am merely God's child using the gift of talent that He gave me to honor Him.
The small drawing to the right is a self-portrait made at age six, drawn with crayons on onion-skin paper. It is the only surviving drawing from my childhood.
The photo is my buckskin quarterhorse, Mr.Dillon, named after Marshall Dillon of the 1960's TV show Gunsmoke. I live and work in Dallas,Texas, and welcome your inquiries and comments.
Positive and negative-the energy of life. This is the compelling force that draws me to put paint to canvas. A subject that illuminates with light and envelopes contrast of color, texture and value while evoking an emotional response, I need to paint. I feel very blessed to have had art as a major interest and experience in my life. Resume: The medium Anna prefers is oil with a painterly style that can be interpreted as realistic with impressionism overtones. Painting subjects will encompass en plein air and studio still life which can take an extended time to complete. Anna grew up in an artistic family in upstate New York. Study included the Maryland Institute of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and with renowned artist such as Jack Clifton but it was at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art that Anna found the artistic direction and growth for personal expression. Anna resides in Texas with her family who have continued to support and encourage her endeavorers as an artist.
Associations: Oil Painter of America American Women Artisits LoneStar Art League Woodlands Art Association
Born in Torreon, Mexico in 1983 Alejandro soon moved overseas and spent most of his youth in Spain and Germany. His interest in art began at an early age and grew into a passion in his late teens. A self-taught artist he has explored many styles and mediums of art such as realism, abstract and use of graphite and charcoal. After serving eight years in the U.S Air Force he chose to move to San Angelo, TX to be present in his daughter's life. In less than a year he opened the Vino Dipinte Art Gallery and began his artist career.
His current body of work can be described as figurative and explosive with color.
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Amy Hillenbrand was born in Racine, Wisconsin and lived in several different states before landing in her current home town of Austin, TX. After receiving her B. S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she began her career in the creative world as an Interior Designer. While living in Indianapolis, Indiana, she owned her own successful commercial interior design and architectural firm for fifteen years. The small boutique design studio grew into the fifth largest design firm in Indiana and one of few that was a certified Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). She combined her keen eye for color and composition and paired it with her excellent project management skills to spearhead many large multi-million dollar projects.
Amy Hillenbrand is known for her restful, heartwarming yet contemporary realist style. She uses her different subjects, whether it is a floral or a delightful cuddly animal, to transport the viewer to a world beyond the obvious. There is a story that is told inside her subjects that adds warmth and comfy nostalgia to each piece. Harmonious color palettes and appealing composition are part of the allure that creates the tranquility. She puts an extra emphasis on the shadows to make the lights more luminous and the composition more captivating.
Ann Hoffpauir is a full-time artist from Orange, Texas where she lives. Ms. Hoffpauir paints in a contemporary realistic style. Major themes in her work in addition to her depiction of the landscape include animals, with an interaction with nature. Her painting style blends with a love of nature and its forms, floral displays, animals and people, with brilliant lights and strong darks. Ms. Hoffpauir finds the spontaneous qualities of watercolors lend it
very well to a fresh painterly approach, appearing effortless. The same can be said for her oil paintings. Those qualities show along with her confident and enthusiastic brushwork. It’s not just the brushwork or color, but the painting as a whole, must engage the viewer. The painting should convey
a sense of mystery and beauty. She has taught at many local organizations and private schools and has conducted several workshops and teaches weekly art classes at her home studio. Ann has been featured in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art and Art of the West magazines. She was featured in Western Art Collector’s – Art of the Horse 2011. For more information she may be contacted at 409-745-2473 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Ann's favorite meduim has been oils since her aunt gave her a set of oil paints for her 16th birthday. Although she has used various media, her passion is painting with oils. One can find her almost any day in her studio painting portraits, figurative works, or large scale landscapes or outdoors painting en plein air.
Ann is represented by Harris Gallery in Houston. Her large landscapes are in corporate and private collections in many parts of the country. Most are East Texas scenes and include streams and lakes. She is always drawn by the peacefulness of a place and she paints that serenity on the canvas. Ann began "A Painting a Day" in August, 2007 and continued through August, 2008 posting a photograph of each painting on her blog. It is a learning experience that places a priority on creating a small painting every day in addition to her larger works. She continues to paint almost every day.
Ann has painted many commissioned portraits, still lifes, figurative works, and murals and has received numerous awards for her art. She earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art from Sam Houston State University and teaches part time in a local college. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and Outdoor Painters Society. Ann lives in Lufkin, Texas with her husband and three cats.
"I want people to not only see what I see, but feel what I feel when I paint a subject. My purpose is not to see how accurately I can depict a landscape or a figure, but how much I can draw the viewer into my painting so they see and feel what I saw and felt."
I grew up finding my passion for art at a really young age, holding a brush or pencil in my hand ever since I was a small kid. I was born and raised in Houston by my loving parents, who have supported my art career till this point as I am currently 15 years of age. As the years have gone by, our world has seen new trends in art emerge, but I tend to stick with the traditional aspects of an impressionist, being very loose and daring with my colors and strokes. In my works, I strive to elicit the very nature or beauty of the scenery, sometimes the unique, vibrant characteristics of a face, or perhaps a conceptual idea revolving around an abstract frame.
Through my eyes, I feel that the early pioneers of art bequeathed their styles and techniques to us, their passion and love for the field of art - all of which I have incorporated into my artistic personality. In conjunction with the traditional motives displayed in my art, I’ve mixed up my collection to exhibit a wide range of skills and knowledge of vast mediums and styles. My school art curriculum has greatly benefited my maturity as an artist as I came to appreciate and admire the different generations of art, and ultimately, the idea of how visual arts has evolved. Being a member of the Texas Artists Association and Contemporary fine art is quite a privilege for a young artist like me, and has defined my emergence as a professional artist.
Barbara Haviland has been creating art for over 30 years. She is an accomplished artist, painting mostly in oils,in bold rich colors that express her enthusiasm for painting. She is mostly self-taught but has enjoyed many workshops with nationally known artist with more experience. "I make my own worlds with my favorite tool: my brush. It is like reading a book: I can go anywhere,"states Barbara, who feels that painting fills her with joy and passion. Landscapes of the bayous are her subjects of preference,as she duplicates nature that is nearby,along with the wild flowers and animals.
Barbara is a member of Artists of Texas, Oil Painters of America, ALA/Gallery by the Lake, Outdoor Painters Society, Port Arthur Art Association, Lone Star Art Guild and EBSQ Art.
Barbara Ann Speed Jones lives in Corsicana, Texas with her husband, Mark. They have one daughter and three grandchildren who are a great inspiration for her artwork. She is both self taught and trained in Classical Realism. Barbara has studied with several classical artists and approaches every new subject as an opportunity to learn. She loves to paint in the Chiaroscuro style. Although Barbara specializes in the still life and portrait, she also enjoys painting the landscape. She believes the challenges in painting are endless and the journey makes life interesting.
Barbara's work has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Plains Artists, American Women Artists and Women Artist of the West Shows and has won numerous awards. Her work is represented by the Texas Art Gallery in Dallas, the Paulson Gallery in Clifton, Texas and will soon be in a new gallery opening in Houston, Texas. Barbara is a Signature Member of Women Artist of the West, Artists of Texas and the Associated Creative Artists of Dallas.
The beauty of the ordinary is what I try to capture in my paintings. We are surrounded by unlimited opportunities to share with others the unique qualities of color, light and form that are part of our everyday lives. Too often we overlook the simple beauty of God's creations or pass them by. Whether it's the quiet glow of a sunlit morning, the softness of a cloudy afternoon or the interplay of colors and form in a still life arrangement--I try to capture in my paintings the unique light and atmosphere of my subjects.
"...I work from life, and I want viewers to feel like they're seeing what I'm seeing--on that day, in that place, in that way."
Barbara paints for and from her soul. Her intent is to convey an experience, a story or emotion. She enjoys painting in a photo-realistic style, whether she’s using pastelsor watercolor paint. She achieves the vibrancy of depth and rich color of each painting by adding numerous layers of color juxtapose an often darker background.
She is blessed to travel and exhibit her artwork nationally and internationally. Her artwork has been displayed in Springfield, Peoria, Batavia, Chicago, and Bloomington, Illinois.: Cleveland , OH.; Atlanta and Norcross, GA.; Las Vegas, NV.; Philadelphia, PA.; Wilmington, DE,; Frisco, Dallas, Plano, Southlake, Denton, Irving, Garland, and Arlington, Texas, California and Virginia.
Barbara is a juried member of The Artist Of Texas, Texas Daily Painters, Contemporary Fine Artist International, The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco, Texas Visual Arts Guild, Plano Arts Association, Irving Arts Association, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of the Southwest, a former member of National Association Of Women Artist (Washington D.C. and Florida Chapters).
Becky Hicks grew up in the small west Texas town of Breckenridge. She spent many of her summers and holidays on her great-grandmother's ranch, where her love for nature and all things "country" was born. She began drawing and painting at five years old and was always encouraged by her family, friends and teachers to create art. She knew at a very early age that she was an artist and would one day realize her dream of becoming a full time artist.
Becky currently resides in Keller, Tx with her husband, Dwain. Several years ago she left the corporate world and has since successfully owned and operated a faux finishing and decorative painting business. In addition she has been painting and selling her original oil paintings, which, along with the desire to teach others to paint, is her passion.
Becky has always been interested in oil painting, art and architecture, but “life” put her ambitions on hold until recently retiring. Now numerous travels to Europe have enabled her to acquire the true feeling of Provence and Tuscany. Enjoying the same light in the south of France that drew the masters such as Monet, Cezanne, and Renoire, she captures the brightly painted shutters, the lavenders fields and the sunflowers of that special area. The medieval villages of St Paul de Vence, Gourdon and Eze to mention a few, offer many architectural opportuntities for stunning paintings. Had she been born in another time she would have designed the medieval villages of France, but now recreating their distinct beauty on canvas is her way of preserving the past as well as her holiday memories. Being fluent in the French language has been a huge benefit while traveling throughout France and Europe.
Becky teaches a weekly class in the Dallas area and gives demonstrations and workshops throughout the US and France.
Becky frequently conducts a 2 morning workshop at Lavendou Bistro Provencal which includes a specially prepared lunch.
I paint portraits with the objective of creating beautiful, unique works of art that reveal the subject as I see them with an impressionistic interpretation of reality. My artwork comes out of my dogged (no pun intended) if not stubborn commitment to work hard and practice the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Of all of the potential subjects that can be painted, I find the human form, and particularly the face, the most interesting and worthy of exploration. I am amazed at how a tiny variation in shape, line, color or texture can completely alter the identity of a person. This intense focus on details that fit into the big picture is immensely fascinating and perplexing to me. Portraits give me the opportunity to have face to face interactions with others that I find very personally satisfying. My goal is to create not only a likeness of the individual but to try to capture that specific expression that helps to define some facet of the individual personality of the subject.
A native Texan, Betty lives with her husband, Wayne, in Spring, Texas. She is a member of the Artist of Texas, the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas and Woodlands Art League. She paints weekly in groups with models and attends workshops and classes offered in the very active artist community in her area. Betty started drawing in early childhood, but didn't start painting until she was 28 with oils. She has been fortunate to attend many workshops from talented professional artist over the years, including Jeraine Reat, Bob Wygant, Scott Burdick, Tom Browning, Ron Riddick, Carolyn Anderson, Bobbie Kilpatrick, and Linda Dellandre with pastels among others. For over a decade the majority of her time was spent on large private commissioned murals in acrylic with the material chosen by the client. She has used various mediums over the years including oil, acrylics, watercolor, china paint, sculpture, and pastel. Oil has been her choice of medium since she first started painting over 40 years ago, but after recently discovering the beautiful results from working with soft pastel she has found another medium that she likes equally well.
"Painting is a never ending process to learn and improve my skills and a way to express myself. It gives me a deeper appreciation of the beauty surrounding me daily. I am thankful to have an art filled life and hope that others may enjoy my small contribution to the world of art."
Portraits have always been Shep’s greatest joy in his second career…Oil Painting. Shep was an Account Executive for Wrangler Jeans for 30 years, winning Sales Person of the Year five times. After retiring in 2011, he’s devoted his full energies to painting.
Geoffrey Laurence of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tina Szajko of Bellville, Texas have been major influences on his style. Shep uses the 5 Step Venetian method of painting featuring Drawing, Grisaille, Warm/Cool Stage, many Glazes, and final Varnishing in his work.
He’s won “Best of Show” awards at the Conroe Art League, Woodlands Art League, and Brenham Fine Arts League. He’s the past President of The Brenham Fine Arts League, a member of the Portrait Society of America, Artists of Texas, and Contemporary Fine Art International.
Shep has two studios, one at his home in Bentwater on Lake Conroe outside Montgomery, Texas and at his summer cabin in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He helped start and organize Bentwater’s Fine Art Festival. Shep is offering his “Paint Like a Venetian” Method Classes including a stay at his beautiful cabin in cool Cloudcroft in August.
Brenda Elam specializes in realism, impressionism and abstracts predominately using oils. Brenda expands her works to include acrylics and pastels.
Brenda attended art classes during her college career at West Virginia Wesleyan. Inspired later in life by local artist Delores Petty, Brenda began her training in oil painting under Patsy Seward in 2003. She continues to hone her skills attending workshops around the world including following Ms Seward to her new home in Hawaii and will attend portrait painting classes in Washington State in August as well as studying in the South of France next Spring.
A member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Rockwall Art league, Brenda uses her involvement in sailing on Lake Ray Hubbard as the basis for her seascapes and boating works She accepts commissions but prefers to paint to her passions. “We have a lot of wall space in our home and when friends come shopping and like something, it is usually for sale”. Brenda has donated art for auction to raise money for the Susan G Komen Foundation. She also shows her works in local businesses and in galleries in her home state of West Virginia.
A professional artist for over 30 years, Bruce captures the spirit of color and form with juicy oil paint and lush brushwork. Her work is internationally collected in 14 countries both privately and corporately.
"My goal is to shed new light on an everyday moment, object or action. My hope is someone will say 'Wow, I never realized how beautiful that was before'. I feel like that's part of what the artist is meant to do-find beauty in everyday life that most people are too busy and rushed to notice."
"The more spontaneously I can allow myself to translate the energy I feel around me into the language of painting the more unique my interpretation of reality. So I am a chaser of magic that glimmers and twinkles just beyond the surface of what I see, reminscient of chasing shimmering fireflies on a warm summer's night. I love painting in oils."
In 2011, Carol moved to Texas where she continues to pursue her love of Plein Air Landscape paintingoutdoors and in her studio. She was the Middle School art teacher at The Odyssey School, (2003-2011) in Stevenson, Maryland, where she combined her counseling and art background while still following her passion for painting.
Carol, a Southern Regional Realist, portrays her subject matter in a representational manner, and combines the best of Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas traditions in her paintings. Her works include a color sense using saturated colors with warmth and vibrancy. Carol is very interested in developing paintings with strong compositional elements, and continues her studies through various workshops and teaching resources.
As a studio art major at Kenyon College, Carol received Distinction on her Senior Comprehensive Art Show in addition to many other awards during her painting career. She is a life-long lover of art who has traveled extensively with a career spanning more than 25 years.
She has studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Schuler School of Realism, the Mitchell School of Art, the Zoll Studio, and ClayWorks. She has studied with numerous teachers including Carol Lee Thompson, John Brandon Sills, Hans Schuler Guerin, Duane Lutsko, Scott Powers and Palden Hamilton in Baltimore. In 1996 Carol moved to North Carolina, where she studied with Andrew Braitman, Kate Worm, and Connie Winters and became an adult art instructor at the Braitman Studio. She taught at the Braitman Studio for five years.
In fall 2011, Carol moved to Dallas, Texas exploring and embracing the art of the West. She continues to pursue her love of plein air landscape and oil painting in the “Big Sky Country” of Texas. She has quickly integrated into the Dallas Art Community; she has become a member of a talented group of Texas Plein Air painters, Tutti I Lunedi (www.tuttiilunedi.blogspot.com). She has studied with Southern Methodist University Professor, Suzanne Kelly Clark, and was a participant of the 1st and 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas and Monterey, CA. Carol portrays her subject matter in a representational manner, and combines the best of Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas painting traditions.
Painting is my passion and joy, filling an inner need to produce something of beauty. My paintings are an extension of the way I connect emotionally with nature. Painting from life gives me the opportunity to see the nuances of color and light and a sense of the location.
I am especially drawn to landscapes and I attempt to capture the essence of what I feel and see whether it be the mountains or the deserts. I especially love the mountains as they revive my spirit with their might and power. .
Whether I use pastel or oil, large painting or small field study, I lose myself in the process of painting. My paintings begin with large abstract shapes. As the painting develops, these shapes begin to take on recognizable forms. I use a limited palette in oil mixing only primary colors and white to get the preferred color. For pastel works, I use a limited number of colors. Starting with darks, I move toward the light seeking harmony and peace.
Texas based landscape artist, Caroline Ratliff, has developed her painting skills under the instruction of many prominent American pastel and oil painters, including Albert Handel, Matt Smith, and Scott Christensen. She received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama and taught school in the Birmingham area. Moving to Texas, she continued teaching to support her family. When she retired, she became a fulltime artist. Seeing a need for a pastel society, she organized the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas and is the former president.
Texas artist Carolyn Hancock has lived in the beautiful coastline of the South most of her life. Her journey into art began as a response to, “What do I want to do with my time when we move out of the country?” Intrigued by an interest in portrait painting, she studied for a year in Los Angeles and credits Mission: Renaissance with her solid basis in drawing.
After moving to Japan, Carolyn learned the art of portraiture and pastel techniques through the videos of master pastelist Daniel Greene. “His method of drawing the face was an I-can-do-that moment. I had studied different ways, from ovals to puzzles. This made one made sense to me.”
Carolyn painted her first portrait with pastel, and has never wavered from the beauty of pastel. Her home glows with completed paintings of people and landscapes, ranging from quiet serenity to vivid contrasts of color. Paintings of the people of Kenya, highlighting the ochres of the Maasai culture, have been her most sought after series. Travels throughout the Middle East continue to influence her color choices. She ventures from her easel for her other loves of golf, writing, reading, and travel.
Carolyn is an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas, American Women Artists, and the Portrait Society of America. Her work has won many awards and is in collections in the United States, the Middle East, Australia, British Columbia, and Japan. Carolyn is a blogger and author of the newsletter Scrumble, and her articles have appeared in Fine Art Views daily newsletter.
A native Dallasite, Cecy Turner received her formal art training at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Texas, followed by workshops by over 50 professional artists from across the nation. She is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, American Women Artists, National Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Artists Colorado, Associated Creative Artists, American Plains Artists, and Texas and Neighbors . She is a Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West (and a past president of WAOW), a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League and a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
Cecy has been a popular lecturer, teacher, juror and demonstrator since 1976. Versatile in both watercolor and oils, she has designed cards and calendars for numerous national greeting card companies. Cecy's work has appeared in articles in American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magic Magazine, North Light Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine (Artist to Watch), Art of the West, Watercolor Artist Magazine (cover artist 2010) and the book, The Best of Flower Painting. During the past several years she has received the Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, the Best Realistic Landscape Award in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Exhibition, Landscape Merit Award in the Salon International Juried Exhibition, Irving Art Center $1,000 award in the Texas and Neighbors Five-State Juried Exhibition, First Place in the 43rd National Exhibition of Women Artists of the West, as well as awards in the 80th Annual National Watercolor Society Exhibition, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Plano Art Association, Richardson Civic Art Society Regional Exhibition and Best of Show in he Associated Creative Artists Juried Exhibition.
She has also received the Frank Wright Memorial Award in the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and has been designated as a "Fellow" in this organization. Cecy has also been a Top 100 Finalist in the Arts for the Parks National Competition twice and in the Paint the Parks National Competition twice. She was chosen by Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch" in their July, 2006, issue.
Artist's Statement: Texture and the effects of light and shadow have become important elements in my paintings.I am fascinated with the glow of reflected light on various surfaces. Painting on location on a regular basis has opened many doors for me. I cannot improve nature, but I can rearrange and simplify it to correspond to what I feel. Traveling abroad has opened up new vistas of color and texture for me. I paint to convey the enjoyment and excitement of what I see.
Although Clara Johnson is relatively new to the art world her artwork is collected by art patrons in Arkansas, California, New Mexico, New York, and throughout Texas.
Clara is a native Texan but has lived and traveled throughout the United States and Europe. Clara uses her art to show others her point of view which is often … a littledifferent. Clara left a successful career as a mortgage banker to find her other self …. the artist self.
She recently relocated to Dallas from Midland, Texas. She is an award winning artist who started her artistic journey six years ago. Since that time she has exhibited her work in three solo shows and has participated in numerous group shows as a member of : Texas Art Beat, The Midland Palette Club, Water Color Horizons, The Odessa Art Association and The Midland Art Association. While in Midland she was invited to show her work in Midland’s annual Artist Studio Tour, Celebration of the Arts, and ArtiZen Outlet. Clara was honored to be the featured artists for the 2013 Tall City Blues Fest in Midland, Texas. Her work is now featured at the Artists’ Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Clara’s personal style is bold and colorful. She paints with spirit and mystery often using mixed media and texture to bring her artwork to life. She has been called a “21st Century” artist as she strives to create work that excites and stirs the emotions. Clara finds inspiration from nature, people, music and her spiritual walk with the Father.
Carol Morgan, a native Texan as well as a native Dallasite. She graduated from Ursuline Academy (K-12) and went on to Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Education Minor.
For the past thirty-five years she has been an elementary teacher with the Dallas Independent School District. Carol retired in 2004 and after a friend encouraged her to pursue her painting full time, she picked up the brush and hasn't stopped. Now she is hooked! Her true love is painting portraits of children but she paints everything she sees fearlessly.
Since she has only reentered the art world recently, her work reflects her love of travel. In 2004 and 2006 she traveled to France with friends and took pictures of some of the places they visited. Just this past summer she took a painting workshop in Taos under the tutelage of Kathleen Dello Stritto. Her most recent works are an exploration of the lights and shadow found only in New Mexico. Of course Carol continues to paint portraits of her friends and their children, who have become her muses.
Art has been a personal endeavor of mine for years. Through all my life journeys, whether it was directed toward my personal or professional life, I would keep turning to my art and the desire to paint. I have
traveled down many artistic paths,including enjoying the path of my son's artistic journey, (www.travishallfineart.com) that kept me inspired and close to the one desire I had, and that was to paint.
I have worked with many types of painting medium, but found myself returning to the painting medium of oil.
I love the way it makes me feel and how it can be turned into something beautiful. Through all my experiences with painting I have been blessed with the opportunities to work under some great painters.
I believe you can never stop learning and always try to improve your work. My paintings are created with memories of familiar things and objects that catch my eye because of the color, shape, or just very interesting to me.
I hope you enjoy and find my work interesting and that it touches your senses as well.
I have an advanced degree in geology. I worked 25 years in the diamond/diamond products business making everything from single crystal diamonds to the development of diamond hip and spinal joints. My current job is in the R&D of prop pant used in fracturing formations containing oil and gas.
I have been making images off and on since 1970 but only in the last 7 years have I put serious effort into my photography. That occurred when I went digital. I bought my first digital camera (EOS 30D) while living in Utah. After moving to Louisiana I became involved in my first photography club. My employer has since moved me to Houston. Here I am a member of two photography clubs both of which have monthly print competitions. It is these print competitions which have really helped me to improve my image making. The critiques from outside judges and other club members have been invaluable.
Early on I was most interested in flowers and I most of my images were in color. In the last year I have learned, using Elements 9, how to produce B&W images. So now my efforts are almost solely B&W landscapes, both city and rural.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Connie studied drawing and painting at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C.
The infinite form and beauty of the human face and figure offer Connie an endless source of inspiration for artistic expression. Whether working from the posed model or observing people in their daily lives, she strives to capture their elusive qualities of spirit, mood, and emotion, all of which hint of a broader story.
Born and raised in Canada Influences include: Richard Schmid, John Singer Sargent, Diego Velasquez, Hokusai, Milt Kobayashi, Harley Brown, Sorolla, Cassatt Moved to Texas in Spring of 2002 Workshop in oils under Philip Wade in Austin, TX at the Laguna Gloria chapter of the Austin Museum of Art.
As a form of artistic exploration and discipline, I began my daily painting journey in August of 2010. These small, alla prima paintings represent the simplicity of beauty I see in everyday life. When I'm not working in my studio, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Mark, and dachshund, Rodeo, on our family's ranch in the Texas panhandle. I welcome your comments and questions.
A whole new movement has emerged, connecting ecology with theology: ecotheology. Outside the bounds of organized religion, people are reawakening to nature as a sacred sphere; a rediscovery of Native American spirituality, the Gaia Hypothesis, and the Ecological Spirituality of Matthew Fox and Wendell Berry, all are part of this phenomenon. It's rare to find a person who hasn't experienced a deeply moving and pleasurable sense of oneness with something awesomely larger than themselves just through looking at the stars on a clear night... at the rhythmic circling of the birds overhead... buzzing of bees in the blossom's of spring...hiking in the woods or on the beach.
My work is embracing the technological changes that are taking place in our culture, while maintaining my love for the beauty of our natural environment. Multiple images are used to show the magic of a time found in nature's seasons. Through the use of the computer, I bring the viewer into my poetic vision of universal harmony between nature, man and technology. Aesthetically, I am seeking to show the harmony between the natural environment and the electronic one.
The 6th of 7 children Mr. Forks, was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1957 to a military family. He began a successful career in commercial art shortly after graduating high school. He initially worked and learned production art at River City Studio, owned and operated by San Antonio art legends George Hughey and now notable painter and signature member of PAPA, George Strickland. After River City Studio, he worked as co producer of Southwest Airlines magazine and as illustrator for Concept Enterprises, (the original Koozie company) before venturing off to open his own illustration and design firm.
After 20 years self employed, and the revolution of the digital age, Mr. Forks went to work in the printing industry where he continues today. None of these positions however, fulfilled his real desire to paint. He shelved those aspirations for 30 years while he raised a family of 4 boys finding little to no time to paint along the way.
The untimely passing of an older brother to cancer in late 2006 opened his eyes to the fleeting of time and realization that it was time to make his dream a reality. He now paints on a daily basis in oil and acrylics. His style is ever evolving and varies from very loose and fast to tightly worked pieces. Mainly a landscape painter, he finds inspiration in Gods creations everywhere.
Mr. Forks currently resides in Spring, Texas north of Houston.
My life long dream has been to paint for a living. It is my vocation and my life blood. Now that my children have grown and I have become a grandfather, the time to make that dream a reality is here. My favorite subjects are scenes of the Texas Trans-Pecos including the Big Bend region and the Texas Hill Country.
Dawn was born and raised a child of missionaries in the Philippines. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dallas Baptist University in 1998. She likes to live a quiet life with her three little girls and her engineer husband but finds that every once in a while it’s nice to share her art with others. Her art is collected by many businesses as well as private owners. Some of which are: Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas Eye Care Associates, Dallas Baptist University, She currently finished five original drawings for the book, “Why, O God?” published by Crossway books.
She is a member of Artists of Texas. Dawn is affiliated with Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas Design District and currently with the summer group exhibit at White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been in National shows including The National Weather Biennale, CIVA Contemporary Images of Mary and Ex Nihilo at Roberts Wesleyan College. Her work is available internationally through Veritasse based in London, England.
Baton Rouge native and National award winning artist, Debbie Cannatella, began her career as a full-time gallery artist when she relocated to Chicago after over 20 years of painting part-time. Since that time, she has enjoyed traveling throughout the Nation and Europe, painting and teaching classes and workshops in transparent watercolor and mixed media. She helped the city of Tyler, Tx design and open the city’s first fine arts gallery, Gallery Main Street. She also helped organize the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition before moving to Corpus Christi with her husband in 2010, where she continues painting full time and teaching workshops.
She has been published in Artistic Touch 4 and the Artist Magazine. Her work was selected for the 2010 Pennington National Balloon Championship poster, and was the featured artist October 2010 in Brush, Paper, Water by artist Christ Beck. She is a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, and a member of American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and a former president of the Watercolor Society of South Texas. She is known for her glowing washes and the building of transparent layers in her work, as well as the strong use of light and design with unexpected nuances in her interpretative realism. She has enjoyed solo and invitational exhibitions and her work can be found at Studio C Gallery within the building of the Art Center of Corpus Christi, TX, where she is a co-owner.
Houston Area Old Masters Style Fine Art Painter Debra is a native Texan and much of her inspiration comes from her family farmhouse in the Texas Hill Country. She’s always been somewhat of an artist and designer growing up. Painting was only a hobby until it became an obsession for her. She became more aware of her talent as oil painter in her 30’s. She is a mother of two college age boys. “I didn’t paint a lot when the boys were younger because there was just too much going on with school and sports. Now that they are older and I have more free time I have really gone on a painting frenzy. And plus painting just helps me unwind.” Debra says.
Debra is a self-taught artist. She studies the work of the old masters and some of the more popular artist of today. Some of her favorite artists are: John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, Pino, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Nydia Lazano, Daniel Gerhartz and Robert Coombs.
“For the most part, I am self taught. However, I am continuously learning from the many artists I study with on a regular basis. My art education will never end as each new painting & experience brings new insight.”
Oil is her medium of choice because she loves the richness of the colors that you can only get from oil. She mostly paints from photos she’s taken on her travels. She loves painting people most of all.
Art and music are my passions but it's all art to me.
Internationally acclaimed artist Debra Hurd studied art at both Southern University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. For 15 years she was a graphic designer in Florida and Austin, Texas.
She is also an accomplished pianist, and a classical pipe organist having studied music since early childhood. Debra's wild boogie-woogie and honky-tonk style still finds her in the recording studios and at live performances in Austin. She loves jazz, classical, and salsa styles, too.
As a painter, Debra is famous for her insightful paintings of animals, her vivid city scenes and her passionate and perceptive depictions of jazz, rock, and blues musicians. Being a musician, she has both a great respect and a feel for the emotions of musicians of the past and present. She works in oils, using a knife to get bold and instant color. She finds the knife to be a great tool of expression. She reaches the observer through the use of dramatic color and texture.
Debra explains: A very ordinary scene can be perceived differently when painted with a bit of exaggerated color and awareness of light. The ordinary then becomes the extraordinary. Color is critical. When I'm asked which color is my favorite, I tend to think in terms of which two or three colors I like in combination.
Welcome to Debora Schubert Lytle's website. This website includes paintings and digital art. Many of the oil paintings are portraits that include academic, corporate, family, and animal commissions.
Among her distinguished commissions are:
Dr. Keith McFarland, President, Texas A&M University - Commerce Dr. Jerry D. Morris, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University - Commerce Mr.and Mrs. Joe B. Hinton, President of Mobil Europe (retired) Mr. F.H. McDowell, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University - Commerce Dr. D.A.Talbot, III, Professor Emeritus of Texas A&M University - Commerce Dr. Maxwell Lacy English Professor of Texas A & M University - Commerce Mr. Lloyd and Dr. Barbara McDaniel - Dallas, Texas Mr. Marion Jacob, HESC President - Arlington, Texas
The digital art includes scenes primarily from Texas. Please browse the galleries and enjoy! Images in all galleries are available for purchase in a variety of print sizes and assorted gifts. The signature watermark will not appear on the image when purchased.
It never occurred to Dena Wenmohs to ask permission to do anything, whether it was riding her horse into a grocery store when she was 4, running a ranch alone after becoming widowed, or creating a painting using no greys.
She is passionate about her family art, ranch, friends and the big skies of Texas and all that is beneath them.
She owns The Bunkhouse, an art workshop and retreat facility that is a magnet to other artists and keeps her fully in touch with the art world and inspires her to create more, learn more and paint more.
She is a painter, mother, grandmother, sister, rancher, friend and environmentalist.
Denise grew up in Springfield, MO and received her B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, where she studied chemistry and biology. She received her PhD. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied developmental neurobiology. She then received her Masters from Nova Southeastern University, where she studied computer science. She spent the 2000s working in service-based companies as a business process improvement specialist, data analyst, and quality control director before she discovered her passion for Miksang photography and became a certified Miksang photography teacher. She has lived in multiple cities throughout the US and currently resides in Houston, TX.
My photography is in the Miksang Contemplative Photography style. Miksang photography is a Shambhala Buddhist Contemplative practice that focuses on direct perception of the world, without conceptualizations; it is photography that connects the photographer with non-conceptual awareness. In contemplative photography, a synchronization of the eye and the mind is cultivated where the artist is mindful of the present moment without judging, reflecting or thinking. When the eye and the mind are harmonized, the photographer is simply observing the moment in which they find themselves and they can discover and capture the ordinary magic of the phenomenal world. This magic manifests itself as images of things in our ordinary world that are often overlooked or ignored, but hold their own unique beauty and expression.
Often with Miksang photography, the photographer will be stopped in their tracks by perceptions that completely interrupt the flow of mental activity, which freezes them in the moment. The craft is to capture that moment with the camera so that people viewing the photographs can then have the same experience.
With Miksang photography, there is no staging; no altering of the environment, the shot, or the images before, during, or after the shot is taken. What you see in these images is what I saw at the moment I took the pictures.
This year marks 35 years that I have been fortunate enough to create sculpture in Texas. I have worked in all genres, from portrait, memorial, fantasy, mythology, animalia, and monumental, and try to bring a sense of classic style to each. My works are scattered about the country, in private collections, public campuses, and civic institutions.
The medium is bronze, and the method is the ancient art of Cire Perdue, or lost wax bronze casting. In each piece I fashion, I attempt to achieve a timeless quality, because bronze is almost eternal, and may last for thousands of years.
Dick, a native Texan, began painting watercolors at age 65 while on a teaching sabbatical in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He joined the American Society of Marine Artists in ’97 “because I knew a bunch about racing sailboats, still photography and moving pictures but very little about marine art”.
After workshops with Susan Hazard, Al Currier, Patsy Seward and James Moore, Dick now chooses mostly acrylics (but some oils) and enjoys employing knives to add impasto to his works.
As a journalism graduate of the University of Texas with a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina, Dick taught students about journalism, radio, television, motion pictures and how to run political campaigns. Now retired after 25 years, Dick and his wife Margaret enjoy their home overlooking Discovery Bay near Port Townsend, Washington.
Dick began his creative career as a cub reporter on the Abilene Reporter News at age 13 and now aspires, at the age of 83, to learn to paint water and faces.
Donna Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. I have been an artist all her life from my first science project until today. I love to learn, create and share what I have experienced with others. Whether painting for someone with a special request, to leading a workshop, to being outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico - my passion is creating a piece that reminds someone of a special moment, place or person in their lives.
When I first started painting in Georgia, I was taught to paint scenes that interested me. After a few weeks, I realized that, as an artist, our subjects are unlimited. Painting outdoors (en Plein Aire) is a wonderful way to study light and shadow as the day unfolds. Painting a portrait is especially fun because I get to know the people or create a scene from a person's life. From scenes, to portraits, to still life - I love it all,” Each canvas is the opportunity to create a new design made of various colors and shapes. It is a truly blessing to be an artist and share people's experiences, culture and dreams through art.
My husband and sons are my greatest supporters and help me show my art. I am so blessed to have a great family and to love my work.
I formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Jr. College in Texas. I have been fortunate to paint with artists in California, Georgia, and Texas to gain additional insight into the various styles and artistic mediums I use today.
I studied and painted with Martin Grelle, Bruce Greene, Jeff Watts, Ken Auster, John Cosby, Camille Prezwodek, William Kalwick, Dee Beard Dean, Milt Kobayashi, and Zhaoming Wu. Some of the artists that I continue to study and read are John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, Richard Schmid, Joaquin Sorolla and Emile Gruppe’. I am also a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, the American Women in Art (AWA), The Artists of Texas and the Austin Plein Air Painters.
Clark's work is greatly influenced by his extensive camping trips across the western United States and Canada. His favorite animals to depict, the longhorn, American bison or buffalo, and grizzly bear are all residents of this region. Clark’s sculptures capture the essential qualities and personality of each animal that he creates.
His work may be seen at the John B. Strong Gallery In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reily Fine Art in Estes Park, Colorado, in Texas at The Gallery at the Frame Up in Fort Worth, David Dike Fine Art in Dallas, Prellop Fine Art in Salado, and the Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg. Clark's work is in both public and private collections. He has a large scale installation of a family of ducks at Watters Creek in the city of Allen, Texas.
Douglas has had a lifelong love of both art and wildlife. He has worked to further his art education by attending workshops and classes with masters of both sculpture and painting including Bruce Greene, Martin Grelle, Sandy Scott, Tim Schinabarger, Garland Weeks, Scott Myers and Cynthia Rigden. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society, the Outdoor Painters Society, and the Texas Artists Coalition.
He is an art teacher with the Fort Worth Independent school District where he has taught for over 20 years. In addition he teaches summer workshops at both public and private schools in sculpture, painting, and drawing. It is his great pleasure to encourage and develop the artistic talents of his students.
D.R. (Dennis) Jones was born in Waco, Texas and raised on the High Plains in Lubbock, Texas. As a fourth generation Texan, he has roots going deep in the Texas soil. Jones says, "My mother even told me that I had an ancestor at the Alamo… and I believe everything my mother tells me!"
Dennis' artistic bent showed up at an early age. From the first time he saw a "Can You Draw This?" matchbook cover, he was hooked. His mother, herself an accomplished painter, recognized his talent and encouraged his artistic growth. After many years traveling and photographing in the American Southwest and Mexico, he has taken up the brush and palette and is producing works influenced by his years of travel. Dennis' current work reflects his Texas background. As he says, "Although I admire Native American art, that is not my heritage. So, in my work, I try to pay homage to my ancestral roots by creating images drawn from my own Texican heritage."
D.R. Jones currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. His work has been shown throughout Texas, including ArtoberFest in Galveston, Watson Galleries, KAXM Gallery, Sculptures by Design, all in Houston and Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. Information about upcoming shows is availablehere.
The hand print
Why Red Hand Art?. The hand print is the world's oldest form of art. In some ancient cave, a prehistoric hunter placed his bloody hand on the cave wall and left a print. His message was - Remember me. I once lived and loved and fought and died, but I was here for a little while and this is my mark.
Dyan has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, acrylics, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals.
The beauty of a summer day or the innocence and “awe” she sees on a child’s face inspires the spirit of her art. That is what Dyan wants to capture in her paintings and convey that feeling to the viewer: the same joy that she felt when she encountered the scene originally. Many viewers say they love her paintings' vibrant colors and how they radiate “happiness”.
The artist is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally. She also teaches classes and workshops throughout the year.
You can find her paintings in Peachtree Gallery, Lubbock, Texas; Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas; and Davis & Company, Old Spring Town, Texas.
"Elinor(Ellie)Parham Taylor was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After teaching elementary school all over Texas for 33 years, she retired early because, she says, "When I grow up, I want to be an artist." She studied art with Earline Barnes in El Paso, Texas for about 6 years. After retiring she went back to college to study under Jo Taylor and Dr. Ollie Theisen. Barnes drilled into her that art should make a statement, not tell a story. Less said the better, or keep it simple. Do not overstate. Van Gogh is her favorite master artist, and she admires the work and styles of Sergei Bongart and Fechin. "I have just this year, 2013, discovered the work of Tibor Nagy. Great art!" Ellie agrees with the philosophy of William Wendt who said that his art becomes an "adoration sign devoted to the Trinity." Ellie and her husband now live at Holly Lake Ranch north of Tyler. Her husband retired from the pastorate and is now Pastor Emeritus.
"I paint for the love of art and for the passion that my Lord has given me."
Ed interrupted his path to becoming an oil painter with a forty-five year career producing architectural illustrations and architectural models for architects, real estate developers, and corporations locally and around the nation as Ed Crumley/Architectural Arts. Retired from the architectural illustration business, since 2008, he has focused his talents back to his first love, oil painting. Among collectors of his paintings are the Hartford Insurance Company, the Houston Astros baseball team, and the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. He was recently chosen to participate in 47th annual regional juried art exhibition of the Richardson Civic Art Society. He is a member of the Outdoor Painter Society.
Elaine Monnig's desire to be an artist began as a young child and was rekindled during trips to France with visits to observe the many great masterpieces in the Louvre and the Museum d'Orsay. Over the next several years, she continued developing her skills in both oils and pastels, taking art classes from Tina Szajko. She attended workshops with several talented artists, including Scott Christensen, Robert Moore, Huihan Liu, Dalhart Windberg, Judy Crowe, Qiang Huang, Chuck Rawl and Vie Dunn-Harr. Elaine has enjoyed painting throughout the United States, in southern France, in Scotland, and in the Cotswolds and Lake District of England.
She began entering judged and juried competitions with much success.
I am a painter who lives in Texas. I earned my degree from Pratt Institute. By beginning this blog I have been incredibly rewarded not just by seeing my body of work grow, but my work has also developed far faster than I thought possible. Felicia Marshall
Strong composition, visual texture, bold use of color, and trusting her intuition are just some of the elements that Filomena employs in creating works that elicit emotional responses from viewers. Her work, at times, may be subtle, and at other times vibrant and bold. Her original abstract paintings are found in collections throughout the country.
Gwen Bell is a self-taught Dallas Artist with a strong background in Commercial Art. Her 25 years of experience as a Freelance Artist led her down many avenues: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Commissioned Art pieces and now, full time Fine Art Painting. She works exclusively in Oils, choosing a variety of subjects ranging from lively Pet Portraits to bold Still Life. Her loose Alla Prima style may be described as Modern Impressionism with a touch of Realism. She takes a direct approach, often portraying Still Life from a Birdseye View and prefers to capture candid moments from everyday life giving her work a fresh and somewhat voyeuristic quality.
George De Chiara’s paintings are best described as representational with a push towards impressionist color. Whether it’s in his studio working on a still life or painting en plein air, George prefers to work directly from life when possible. One can see his dedication to composition and color in this body of work, which is collected across the United States and abroad.
George attended The America Academy of Art in Chicago, and graduated with a degree in fine arts. While at the academy, George Studied under Irving Shapiro, Ted Smuskiewicz and the legendary Bill L. Parks. Immersed in color, form and design, George developed many of the techniques he still uses today. The Academy stressed the importance of studying from life and working daily. George continues to embrace these ethics as he refines and sharpens his vision.
After spending time living in Chicago, Colorado and Utah, George finally settled in North Texas with his wife and two daughters. George finds inspiration in their frequent travels to the Gulf Coast, Hill Country, and Brush Country of South Texas. You can view more of his work at his website http://georgedechiara.com
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I was born and raised in South Dakota and graduated from S. Dakota State University with a degree in Fashion Retail. I did my internship in Dallas and never left. After a few years in retail, I realized I chose the wrong career and found a new career, and my husband, at a corporation in Dallas. . I later received my MBA with an accounting emphasis from Amber University. I left the company after 25 years in December of 2006.
While working in Corporate America , I pursued a passion I had from a high school art class of throwing clay on a wheel. I started taking night classes at a local community college in 1990 and continued until I moved to our home on Lake Cypress Springs in 2006.
I now work in both fused glass and clay. My love of color drew me to glass. There are so many beautiful colors available in glass. The materials and processes of clay and glass are similar and complimentary. In both mediums, I like making objects people will want to live with and use that will also add pleasure to their own surroundings. I love exploring textures and patterns in both clay and glass. In glass, this is accomplished through layering opaque, transparent and dichroic glass and using both full and tack fusing to obtain different levels of glass melt. In clay, this is done through texturing and carving in the clay, glazes and slips.
I was born and raised in Dallas Texas. I received my degree in business at SMU. While working in Corporate America I met my wife and pottery partner Georgia. When Georgia and her class at a local community college began doing Raku firings, I volunteered to help. I thought it was fun, but I thought I had no creativity. Just for fun I took the pottery class with her to see what clay was really about. That that was in 1998 and I continued classes at Eastfield College until retiring to Lake Cypress Springs in 2007.
My work is mainly thrown on a potters wheel. I have been very fortunate to take classes from nationally and locally known potters who were always willing to share their techniques. Rather than doing production pottery, I would rather change up each piece and make it unique in either construction or glazes. My method of glazing is spraying which gives me the ability to make unique color combinations and transitions. I try to achieve a rich and varied surface with the multiple layers of glaze. I get inspiration from studying other potter’s work and putting my own construction twist and glaze on each piece.
Columbian born artist, trained as a Petroleum Engineer, Hilda Rueda studied art with several artists in Canada and Brazil. She has exhibited in Canada, Brazil, California and Houston. Hilda’s home studio is now in Houston. She has received several awards both locally and abroad. She also writes poetry and is an active member of several art organizations: The Woodlands Art League, DaVinci Artist Gallery, Dutch Art Gallery, The Jung center, Houston, and American Women Artists.
Painting is not just a language for Hilda, but the way to express complex ideas and thoughts impossible to express in words. Her passion has been the human figure involved in daily simple activities. She captures the portrait of the sitter’s soul and their solitude, not as a vice but as the true nature of life.
Holly, born in Pennsylvania, now living in Houston, Texas, finds the world is full of subjects waiting to be showcased on canvas. Using paint and various styles of brushwork, she captures the impression left by an encounter. Never tiring of the journey of an artist, instead thriving on the adventure that the materials combined with an image mixed with emotions take her. An impressionist, colorist and sometimes abstract expressionist are a few terms that have described her work over the years.
Texas artist, Jacquie McMullen, is an award winning pastel artist who has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember. While she had painted in oils for years, an artist friend introduced her to pastels about 20 years ago and she fell in love with the medium. She now lives in Dublin,Texas with her husband of 41 years. After spending 40 years in the accounting field and raising her family, Jacquie decided her to fulfill her life long dream and become a full time artist. She paints every Monday with a group of artists in Dublin, and is a member of the Artists of Texas. Jacquie is a past president of the Seguin Art League, and has been involved in the Austin Pastel Association, as well as the New Braunfels Art League.
A self taught artist, Jacquie is always trying to improve her work. She has attended workshops with Bill Hosner, Doug Dawson, Kraig Kiedrowski , Bob Rohm, Steve Napper, and E. Gordon West.
Jacquie won “Best of Show” at the “2013 Art & Conservation Show & Sale”, sponsored by the Cibolo Nature Center and the Hill Country Council for the Arts, with her painting “ The Ranch Road”. She also won an Award of Excellence in the LGAA Fall Festival of Art in Granbury Texas, with her painting “Hill Country Cactus” . She has won awards in the Austin Pastel Society Juried Show, and The Huntsville Cooperative of Working Artist Show, for her portraits and figurative work. Jacquelyn is represented by Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Jacquie accepts commissions for both pastel portraits and landscapes.
Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember. My focus is to display Christian family values and reveal the truth by reflecting historical facts. My Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the Kansas City Art Institute led me to enjoy life as a full-time graphic designer and freelance illustrator for over thirty years. I relish the play of light and color in nature and I enjoy telling a good story.
I have been interested in the life of Native Americans because of my ancestry. When I was a little boy, I would ride bareback and sometimes travel to see my grandfather in rodeos in Oklahoma and Arkansas; it was an awesome experience. I have been fortunate to gain the assistance from the Texas Civil War Museum. Their historians assist me in insuring all the artifacts in my paintings are authentic.
I am a member of the Oil Painters of America and I work in oil paint because I enjoy the flexibility of oils. I still continue in figure drawing sessions with the live model. Painters that have influenced me include; Norman Rockwell, Caravaggio, Howard Terpning and Mian Situ.
Jane, an artist/ poet/teacher/writer has given numerous presentations to organizations on many subjects. Her drawings and poems have been published in university journals and collections. She has also won ribbons for painting at the State Fair of Texas, Including in 2013, Third Place in the State Fair Creaive Arts Department Oil and Acrylic category for "Blue Belle," horned cow in blue and white.
Jane began her studies in art with Vivian L. Aunspaugh at twelve. Instructors at SMU were Dallas artists DeForest Judd, Jerry Bywaters, and Ed Bearden. Workshops include Robert Crispo, Doug Walton, Jane Jones, and Laurie Justus Pace, (May 2013/knife painting).
Jane says: “I believe creating art or pursuing other creative activities improves the quality of our everyday lives, while mentally age-proofing and bore-proofing us. As the song line from “Young at Heart” goes, ‘Life gets more exciting with each passing day . . . .’ And this is certainly true when we’re doing art. We can never run out of new avenues to explore.”
Janet is a native Texan and professional fine artist. Her oil paintings of landscapes, still lifes, and other subjects have been juried into national and international exhibitions for the last fourteen years.
Janet’s artistic talent came to fruition at an early age, winning her first award in fourth grade, for a watercolor seascape of California’s Bug Sur. Constantly painting and drawing, with frequent milestones of recognition for her artistic talent, she followed her chosen path to the University of North Texas where she majored in Advertising Art.
While working in a gallery and commuting to school from Dallas, she became immersed in papermaking, sparked by the tactile challenge of working with her hands. Over the next sixteen years, Janet enjoyed success with her abstract collages, each one using a variety of materials including cotton fiber and found objects. Corporate and private patrons alike enjoy her work in Florida, Colorado, Texas, and Mexico.
Always emotionally inspired by nature, Janet admired the beautiful light captured by the California Impressionists, especially Edgar Payne and George Wendt; she also admired the fluid strokes and spontaneity of the painter Joaquin Sorolla. Maynard Dixon’s southwestern landscapes appealed to her graphic sense with saturated colors and simple shapes that conveyed vast skies and distant buttes. The paintings by these masters moved Janet to change mediums and genres. Leaving behind handmade paper and contemporary abstract ideas, she embraced representational concepts and began painting with oils.
After moving to Austin, she enthusiastically pursued landscape painting, and studied with such notable painters as Matt Smith, Scott Christensen, Skip Whitcomb, John Budicin, and Don Ward. She paints small field studies outdoors to capture the essence of the scene, and then later uses these with photographs and observations to create larger works in her studio.
A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, earning a BFA in Painting and Sculpture and a Minor in Graphic Design. I love to draw, pure and simple. I am especially drawn to the reflections of light on glass and liquid surfaces. I blew glass in college, and found it a most stimulating medium to work with. But being a rather small woman, I found the tools and the weight of the molten glass a bit much. But the appreciation of the surface of glass has always intrigued me. There is glass an liquid in some form in almost all my work.
Besides being an Artist of Texas (and proud of it) I'm a member of the National Association of Women Artists which has allowed my work to be exhibited in New York City over the past two years. I also compete Nationally and Internationally, and in the State of Texas. I was a 2012 finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in Houston and have entered the competition again. I will be in the Richeson 75 Small Works Competition Catalog, Spring 2014. Look for the works over the next two years to be focused on a strong Texas theme, starting with these two yellow roses, in a variety of styles and using different media.
I was born in a small town in East Texas, but moved to Dallas in the seventh grade. After marrying and having two children my husband and I decided we wanted to raise our family in a smaller community. He had spent a lot of time growing up on his uncle's ranch outside of Hico, Texas, which was our inspiration for buying an old farm near Terrell, where we built our dream home and still live. Today we raise stockers and have horses. So there are a lot of Western themes interwoven in my art.
I have always been interested in art. When my children were small, I was a stay at home Mom. After my children were grown, I started painting seriously. Wanting to learn as much as possible, I took workshops with Perrin Sparks, Greg Biolchini, Kay Polk. and Carrie Ballantyne. My favorite media are oil and pastel. I seem to prefer western themes, as is evident in my portraits of people and animals. My brother is a cowboy reinactor and chuckwagon cook. I occasionally help him cook and also lend a hand with other friends who have a chuckwagon. Once upon a time I did Cowboy Action Shooting, which is why I can honestly say, "I live the life I paint" and hopefully my art succeeds in helping you visualize a small segment of my experience.
I am a traditional artist painting in the traditional style. I love color and often use it very liberally. I enjoy the play of light and dark with dramatic settings. I hope you enjoy my choice of subjects and how I interpret them and come back to see more.
My paintings are about bold, clean strokes, thick with rich, sometimes surprising, colors that express what I see and feel when painting. My hope is that in the end I have engaged the emotions of those who view my work.
Often inspiration comes from what I see walking on my ranch on the historically rich, brushy edge of the Texas Hill Country. Here daily, I encounter constant contrasts and variety in texture and color - the dichotomy of harmony and discord; lushness and barrenness; serenity and energy. My challenge is to show the complexity of creation by painting intimate, personal portraits of nature. Whether choosing a landscape or still life, close observation reveals the ordinary as extraordinary.
Jennifer Moreman is an award winning, internationally known artist. She currently lives in Tyler, Texas with her husband Greg, darling 1 year old daughter and four dogs. Jennifer graduated from Baylor University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art. She is originally from Dallas, Texas where she attended Trinity Christian Academy. Jennifer has developed a fresh and original style of painting that layers multiple colors and allows her inner artist to completely take over. Her work is best described as captivating, expressive and whimsical. Jennifer enjoys using traditional subjects from nature and giving them a colorful, playful twist.
I love the painting process: the texture of the paint on canvas, the color relationships, and the development of the image. But I enjoy most the final harmony of the elements. When the painting is completed it is closed to me and stands on its own.
Jim lives in McKinney, Texas and has two art studios, one in McKinney and the other in Fredericksburg, Texas. As a youth he loved drawing and painting, but his love for sports became a priority and he had a successful career in football at Waco High School and TCU in Fort Worth. It was not until 1987, on a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico that painting became a most important part of his life. That is when he met artist Dale Amburn and several other well known artists who painted there and in the Taos area. "I fell in love with painting and creating images of beauty with oil paints on canvas".
Jim has been creating art for galleries and private collectors since 1987 and is an active member of the Oil Painter of America. He is an impressionistic painter using the impasto technique with strong brush strokes and rich harmonious color to capture the textures and quality of light in his paintings. "If I paint a scene, it is because I want to go there". He paints in his studios but still works from studies done on location. "It's challenging when you're dealing with the real world of nature and its colors, its moods, and its drama".
"Painting is like a journey, always discovering something new and exciting. I want always to push myself as far as I can go as a professional artist"."
Yes, it’s a thrill to paint the pictures, but it's important to me that my paintings engage you. I compose them with you in mind. Besides enjoying the scene, I hope the design and color will excite your senses, that the brushwork and the look of the paint will charm you. Ultimately, I want my paintings to offer you a gratifying and enduring enhancement of your daily environment.
We all bring personally diverse, yet humanly similar, emotional experiences to our perceptions. You may have a personal fondness for a particular view, but your subjective act of making closure on the unique harmonies, and contrasts that comprise it can evoke pleasurable connections on a deeper level of enjoyment.
I describe my painting style as Subjective Realism. Although my paintings are representational, based upon the things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of “reality” as I find it. My desire is to apply design and color to induce a more poetic experience that will resonate with inner feeling. I aim to manipulate the visual vocabulary of light, shadow and form in a way that touches intuition and emotion. My paintings call for your personal participation. My greatest satisfaction is in seeing them find a place with those who decide they want to live with them.
Jimmy Longacre was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1947. At an early age his family moved to San Antonio, Texas. Through grade school he filled his notebooks with drawings of Davy Crockett, Superman, cowboys, Indians, horses, Disney characters, airplanes and spaceships, to share with his friends. Longacre graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, and then earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. Contrary to the predominant scholastic influence of the day, Abstract Expressionism, Longacre fed his artistic interests on paintings from the Golden Age of American Illustration and the American Impressionists. In following his early passion for these he enjoyed a career as a freelance illustrator and painter for twenty-five years. During part of that time Longacre taught drawing and painting while on the faculty of The University of Texas College of Fine Art. Today, Jimmy is a full time painter and lives with his wife on a hilltop in the Texas hill country, near Dripping Springs. He spends much of his time on frequent outdoor painting excursions gathering the experience and material for his studio compositions. He describes his evolving painting style as Subjective Realism.
I am a native Houstonian and have studied art at a number of places including the University of Texas at Austin, The Glassell School, the Art League of Houston, and the Konigs Schule in the Hague, the Netherlands. I have studied with Steve Parker and William Kalwick.
My art training has a foundation of traditional methods. My favorite artists include John Singer Sargent, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Richard Diebenkorn, and Van Gogh. And Pierre-Auguste Renoir for the absolute charm in his paintings.
I find people to be the most fascinating subjects and above all they are my favorite subject to paint. I paint from life regularly.I believe we are all blessed with some form of creativity. I feel fortunate to have discovered my gift and have the time to pursue it.
All her life, she has always been involved with art in some form. Growing up in, and around the Lawton, Oklahoma area. She and her mother took oil painting classes for one year together, until her husband’s job moved them to Houston. She painted a few pieces at home, but life kept getting in the way. Yet, the desire to paint never left. She has gotten inspiration from several professionals such as: Tina Szajko, Alan Flattman, Chuck Rawles, etc. by taking classes and workshops.
Her mediums are pastels and oils. Her passion is portraits. She finds the human face or body so rewarding. To capture the exactness and finding a likeness is a very exciting part of the painting. Whether it be the face of a human, animal or flower. Working with pastels shows immediate results, and the colors stay brilliant and last for centuries. Landscapes and seascapes are much more forgiving than portraits. Painting with Pastels and oils versus acrylic, allows her more freedom and you can go at your own pace.
Painting for her is so rewarding and yet challenging at the same time. Itoffers the opportunity to create, and to allow others to see how she perceives life around her, and to totally escape from the real world for a while.
Honors: She has received several awards, including “Best of Show” for portrait of “Shelby” in 2011.
She is a member of: Pastel Society of Southeast Texas; Art League of Fort Ben; Artists of Texas.
“My paintings have developed over time as I try to capture the beauty that can be found in everyday life to canvas. My goal is to convey the feel of a time, place or setting rather than create a photo representation. It is my hope and prayer that my paintings will contribute something of lasting value to our world."
Judy Gouge is a self-taught artist. She is a member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest and has been published in the Kennedy Promotions national edition of Best of Artists and Artisans. Her work has been juried into many prestigious exhibitions including those of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, RCAS Regional Art Exhibition, the Texas and Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, and the State Fair of Texas.
She has studied with Ken Gore, Bob Tommey, Greg Biolchini and Carrie Ballantyne.
Judy is now a professional artist full-time. She lives in Sachse, Texas with her husband, Lanny on their G77 Ranch.
I have always been interested in art and took painting lessons as a child growing up in Japan but I entered the world of Fine Art as a Professional Artist in 2005. I paint mostly with a palette knife, with a heavy build-up of paint which gives my paintings a lot of texture. I like working with a limited palette of colors using either Ultramarine blue or Prussian blue for my blues, Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium red medium or Alizarin Crimson for my reds, and Titanium white, and occasionally adding Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and or Magenta. I love being able to mix and derive new colors with the limited palette of colors. I strive to create beautiful colors and capture the light and shadows along with the textures in every painting. My painting style is impressionistic with simplicity.
My artwork is in private collections in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States.
I have studied with Linda Stone, Francois Arenas, Judy Gelfert, Robert Moore, and Vicki McMurry.
Growing up in New Orleans, Koutroulis was always fascinated by the artists in the French Quarter and could have spent hours wandering along Jackson Square, watching them paint or draw. Many years have passed since that time, but the inspiration found during those early years has remained.
Two of her paintings were in the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) Juried Membership Exhibition2013, one of which was awarded Honorable Mention She was also awarded Honorable Mention at the Lone Star Art Guild Convention and Art Exhibition 2012, in addition to numerous ribbons at local league shows.
Koutroulis believes in getting involved. She is currently the Show Chairperson for the Tomball Art League. She is also an active member of the VAA Publicity Committee and Programs Committee.
Koutroulis resides in Spring, TX, along with her brother and her cats.
I was born in England where I received a university of london degree in Art. I have been painting and drawing all my life and at the age of twelve I received a beautiful box of oil paints. When I became the mother of twin boys my oil painting was curtailed, little boys and oil paints do not mix. My local art supply clerk suggested that I switch to pastels it was love at first sight. At the age of thirty five I moved with my three sons to America I carried one suitcase containing my cloths, and a backpack containing all my art supplies. We settled in Wichita Kansas and I found a wonderful art community there, I joined many of the art groups and I continued my art career. I am a portrait and still life artist and I have had portrait commissions in England, America and Guatemala. My work has won awards in national competitions in Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Although I have worked in all mediums my favorites are still pastel and graphite pencil. I am now at a point in my life when I can do what pleases me. I love to paint and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have garnered through the years. I now have about thirty students who share my passion for painting. My hopes for the future is that I can continue to paint and draw and that my paintings will be enjoyed by my clients and my viewers for many years to come.
Art has been a part of her life since she began painting at the age of 12, when she began studying at The Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Texas Art Institute. The daughter of a journalist, who was also a cartoonist for the Army newspaper during WW II, she was always encouraged in her artistic efforts. As an adult, left brain and right brain activities took parallel paths with mathematics and art. This unusual pairing has proven to be a benefit in many areas, including perspective and proportions. Currently she divides her studio time between Canyon Lake, Texas and China Spring, Texas.
Painting has always been an exciting endeavor for her. The mixing of creamy paints and the application of vibrant colors provide a sensual experience. She wants her paintings to suggest encounters and feelings in a way that sparks viewers’ imagination.
Kay Reinke's training and unique experiences, along with extensive range of influences, have resulted in a vitality and richness in her paintings. Her many awards as well as her enthusiastic collectors are evidence of her success. It is her belief that art is evidence of God’s willingness to let us share with him in the expression of the beauty and majesty of our world.
I am a signature member of the Watercolor Art Society-Houston and also have memberships in the Southwest Watercolor Society, the Society of Watercolor Artists and Artists of Texas. I have had paintings juried into numerous national and international exhibits and have even won a few awards! :-} I also accept commissions for portrait paintings. Examples of my work may be seen on my website Kay Reynolds, Watermedia Artist
Kay Smith has attained national attention for her transparent watercolors and holds signature status with Texas, Southwestern, & Wyoming Watercolor Societies, Society of Watercolor Artists, Watercolor Art Society - Houston and recently Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Combinations of exciting design, vibrant color, and dynamic techniques create award winning works of art that radiate with their own magical personality.
Kay is a co-founder of Caboose Watercolor Society, a local group devoted to the promotion of water media. While teaching at her own studio, Brushworks, she is in demand as an instructor, lecturer, and juror.
In 1993 Kay took her first watercolor workshop with Ken Hosmer and she is still just as passionate about the medium today. Although that medium remains her favorite, she works in oils, pastels, collage, and mixed media. She has studied with Frank Webb, Tony Couch, Judi Betts, Diane Maxey, Betty Lynch, Ann Templeton, Doug Walton, George James, Warren Taylor, Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schink, Fran Larsen, Alex Powers, Katherine Liu, Linda Kemp, Carla O'Connor, Karlyn Holman, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Frank Francese and Liz Hill.
She enjoys dual careers in both the healing and fine arts. A registered nurse since 1978, she has painted or drawn on a daily basis. Opening Brushworks on Thanksgiving in 1995, she has sold more than 600 works in private or corporate collections. Murals, trompe loeil, and faux finishes are done as well as custom designs for home decor.
Kay's works have been published in Tom Lynch's Watercolor Rescue Secrets (2008); Splash 7; Splash 14; Color Mixing: The 12-Hue Method; The Palette Magazine; Watercolor Magic; International Artist 100 Ways Series: Still Life & Florals Vol.2 and People & Figures Vol.2; Southwest Art Magazine (9/2006);Art Business News (4/2005); Better Homes & Gardens' Creative Home Magazine (Summer & Winter 2007); Painter's Quick Reference Birds & Butterflies (2008); Chris Unwin's The Artistic Touch 4 and The Artistic Touch 5.
Kay M. Wyne is a mid-career artist who is passionate about painting. Kay has lived in the community of Lake Highlands in Dallas, Texas for over thirty-five years. Her interest in art has led her to develop her own distinctive style of imagery found in her art. The subject matter for Kay’s paintings varies, as she finds inspiration from the landscape, architectural elements, cows, roosters, horses and birds nests. She also finds the most ordinary objects of daily life interesting subjects to paint. Vibrant colors and loose brushstroke movements are characteristics found in her paintings. The use of the palette knife and multiple layers of paint create depth and texture on the canvas, creating a painterly, impressionistic feel.
As a full time artist, Kay paints in the working studio of ArtWorks, She shares the studio with eight other artists, and also paints in plein air on a weekly basis. The paintings on canvas may be appealing to the eye, not necessarily recreating realistic images, but images reflecting Kay’s own creative, unpredictable perspective. Oil paintings on canvas or board are her painterly visions, capturing a moment in time or a mood for the viewer to admire. The subject matter for Kay’s contemporary art varies, and includes seven bodies of work that she is working on concurrently: “Abstract Aspens”, “Contemporary Cows”, “Dragonfly Dreams”, “Horizon Series”, “Nest Series”, “Rooster Series” and “Spirit of the Horse”.
Kay holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Western Illinois University, and has owned and operated a custom framing business for two decades. She recently sold that business, allowing her to devote more time to her art. Kay resides in Dallas with her husband, John. Together, they have two grown children and one son-in-law, all currently living in Dallas. Kay can be contacted at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com if you would like to inquire about purchasing or commissioning a piece of art. You can also visit her blog at http://kaywyne.blogspot.com, or her website at www.kwyne.com.
Kristine Byars is a "Colorful Expressionist" oil painter who uses vivid color and interesting situations to create paintings that spark warm emotion, sometimes with a playful edge. Subject matter expresses her great love of nature, the outdoors, and all creatures. She lives in Dallas. Commissions accepted.
Kyle Wood was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 19, 1972. His interest in drawing & painting came at an early age. Initially, he doodled with paint-by-number series, but his Great Aunt, Mildred Stapleton, saw that he had great potential and encouraged him to take art instruction from a professional artist. Kyle's first instruction came from Calonnie Gragg, who taught children's and adult art classes at Nichol’s Art & Frame in Mesquite, Texas, and later at Barton on Boystun Gallery in Rockwall, Texas. In the beginning, he took children's classes learning a variety of mediums, but decided that his passion was oil painting, so he enrolled in the adult oil painting classes. Under Calonnie's guidance, Kyle learned the basics of color mixing, value, composition, along with a variety of brush & knife techniques. In addition, he has taken several art & architectural classes at Eastfield College and The University of Texas at Arlington, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (December 1999). In 2003, Kyle had the privilege to study with June Lee, learning a romantic style and palette knife technique of oil painting similar to Dalhart Windberg. More recently, he has taken on a new challenge by participating in yearly plein-air painting events with NETFAA and Ellis County Art Association.
As an artist, Kyle’s passion is painting landscapes and historical buildings. He credits much of his painting ability to his keen observation of perspective. Taking photographs while on vacation and at other leisure moments is the primary resource for his oil paintings. Well known Texas Artists, like W.A. Slaughter, Larry Dyke, Dalhart Windberg, and many others have been a major influence, which is highly evident in his bluebonnet landscapes of the Texas Hill Country. Kyle has participated in a number of juried exhibitions locally and nationally, including Texas & Neighbors, Paint America Paint the Parks mini 50, Paint America Top 100 and The State Fair of Texas. He is also a member of Artists of Texas, Contemporary Fine Artists International and Landscape Artist International. In addition, he has served as membership chairman and Vice President for Northeast Texas Fine Art Alliance, which meets monthly in Terrell, Texas, to promote fine art. His work is currently being represented by The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and many of his paintings are finding their way into corporate & private collections throughout America. Kyle and his wife, Lori, currently reside in Terrell, Texas.
I am an explorer of art techniques. I enjoy investigating, experimenting and studying new technical skills. I have chosen to exist in a water media world. I enjoy the mystery of watercolors and the ease of acrylics. I like layering and adding textures...mixing medias. All these ingredients combined weave the fiber of my art. Being a constant observer of life inspires my passion to create as I worship the creator with my art. I hope you enjoy my journey.
Lee Baggs was interested in drawing and studying beautiful art and natural scenery, at six to eight years of age. Lee loves the beauty in artistic creation in earthly and universal nature by God, as well as through people, using natural elements. He has always felt blessed with gifts of awareness, appreciation, and talent striven to improve in to reach the fine art ability.
After serving in the U. S. Marine Corps, Lee Baggs became a graduate of the Dallas Art Institute, Dallas, Texas. He then became a technical illustrator in the aerospace industry.
Feeling strongly for the traditions of fine art, Lee Baggs receives inspiration from American figure artists John Singer Sargent, William Merrit Chase, and contemporary Daniel E. Greene. From Russian figure artists, Repin, and Kramskoy. Inspiration comes from the landscapes of the Hudson River School, Bierstadt, Cole, Moran and Gifford, and contemporary Clyde Aspevig. Still-life inspiration comes from Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Jie-Wei Zhou, and Elizabeth Robbins Pruitt.
Lee has received many fine art awards including Best of Show and the Gold Medal.
He has been accepted as a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the Outdoor Painters' Society, as well as the Pastel Society of The Southwest and the Artists Of Texas.
Recognition has come from The Artist's and International Artist magazines. Lee Baggs currently has his fine art studio in Grand Prairie, Texas, a Dallas suburb.
“I believe that we can all learn how to paint, but it is in the silent, authentic, beautiful recesses of our hearts and souls where a true masterpiece is born. True artistic skill, the courage to interpret the images of that place and bring them into the world for you to experience is my goal.”
Education & the Call of Art
Art was always a part of my life, my father being a commercial artist and painter; my youth filled with artistic exploration and inspiration. After 10 years of studying and working in the legal profession, I began my journey with art professionally in 1989. Since then, my training has been directed largely by instinct, as I have traveled the world in search of art and artists that have contributed significantly to my development. I would like to credit here teachers Scott Burdick, Carolyn Anderson, William ‘Skip’ Lawrence, Julia Cameron, and my most beloved mentor to whom I shall be eternally grateful, Dick Turner who taught me how to see in every way that counts. My art has been deeply influenced by Sir Alfred Munnings, the Russian Itinerants, Fechin, Kandinsky, and most recently Diebenkorn.
Born in 1967 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and raised in rural Maryland, as young girl Leslie Sealey’s main interests were horses and art. Her favorite illustrations to use as inspiration for her own art were Beatrix Potter’s anthropomorphized animal drawings and the whimsical illustrations of British artist Norman Thelwell. Thelwell’s drawings often depicted scenes of little girls and their short, fat ponies. These early influences provided later inspiration for her whimsical paintings of hippos and other animals.
Sealey attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a BFA in Studio Art. She moved to Texas in 1991, and after a career as a photographer she began painting full-time in 1997. Her love of animals continues to influence her artwork, and one of her favorite pastimes is placing animal characters into playful and colorful imaginary worlds.
She currently works from her home studio in San Angelo, Texas. “In the last couple of years, I have focused primarily on painting and printmaking. Switching back and forth between the two media seems to enhance the development of new ideas.”
Larry Gene Lemons was born just north of Nashville, Tennessee, in Portland, and moved to his family's home in Ringgold, Texas when he was 2 weeks old. Like the bumper sticker says, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could." While his mom was expecting, she and his dad attended the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium on numerous occasion which might explain Larry's love for downhome country ways. This love for the country and the simpler things in life is most evident in most of Larry's art.
Later moving to nearby Nocona to grow up, fall in love and marry, Larry spent the first 27 years of his adult life raising a family and building a career as a successful portrait and wedding photographer. He achieved both state and national recognition as an award winning Master Craftsman Photographer. His photographic and artistic expertise garnered him a number of awards in juried Texas and Southwestern Professional Photographer exibitions including "Judges Choice" and the highest honors of trophies for "Best Portrait in the Southwest" and "Best Portrait of a Child." You could say he was an "artist with a camera."
He has served as president and director of the Nocona Chamber of Commerce, president and board member of the Dallas Professional Photographers Association, board member of the Texas Professional Photographers Association, and board member of the Tales' 'n' Trails Historical Museum project. He is a former member, past president, and Paul Harris Fellow of the Nocona Rotary Club.
Because of his love for art and things of Texas and the Great Southwest, in the year 2000 Lemons, along with his wife Donna, sold their successful photography business to pursue fine art on a full time basis. It was a daunting and challenging career move. However, this drastic career change has produced rewards and opportunities for creativity, learning, travel, and opportunity to make many new friends, including artists and art lovers, throughout the country while building an entirely new reputation and identity as an "artist with a brush."
Linda was born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. She relocated to Southlake, Texas with her husband and family in the early 90’s when she began her career in art.
As a primarily self-taught artist, Linda has attended numerous classes and workshops from local and nationally known artists including Art Locke, Bennie Johnson Wood, Judi Betts, Judi Coffee, Carolyn Riegleman, and Doug Walton. She is a member of The Trinity Arts Guild, Artists of Texas, Daily Painters of Texsas, and the Society of Watercolor Artists. Her works have been exhibited in shows in the Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, the member show of the Society of Watercolor artist, Artists of Texas yearly show at the Dutch Art Gallery, and Art251. Linda also participates in the Guild’s traveling art show at local businesses and libraries in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She has also shown her works in Angelica, New York and in the Bein Gallery in Roanoke, Texas. Her paintings are in private collections across the United States.
Although she likes to experiment with various media and techniques, transparent water color is Linda’s primary media. Her love of the earth and Mother Nature are reflected in her works, even abstracts turn into trees and countryside. Even though Linda is predominately a landscape artist she enjoys painting different subject matter using a wide variety of materials. Recently she has been experimenting with equine subjects. Linda’s belief that we as people are forever changing and growing is carried through her art with different media and subjects. To stay the same would be… to be left behind.
Linda reserves a portion of her day to share her love of art with children and adults at The Bein Gallery Studio in Southlake. Students experiment with pencil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, paper mache, clay, carving, and just about any form of art we can touch, feel and work with.
Linda’s work can be viewed at Trinity Arts Guild Gallery, The Bein Gallery Southlake Studio, The Dutch Art Gallery Fall show.
Would I paint if no one saw my work? The answer is a definite yes. I love to explore places, people and objects through the richness of paint. The buttery feel and color of the paint on my brush inspires and excites me. I enjoy exploring light and shadow with loose, soft brush strokes and pushing color. My hope is that I will continue this path for a long time.
Old masters and contemporary artists continue to influence my work. Through their talents I learn about techniques, color, composition, etc and the value of hard work on a daily basis. Workshops taken with artists I admire help to guide me through my art journey.
Linda Reedy's first creative interest was in textiles. As a weaver she taught weaving, spinning, and knitting in her Dream Weaver studio before returning to school for a degree in Fine Arts.
She continued her education with a four month artist residency at the Fine Arts University, Hanoi, Vietnam and extensive coursework at Mass College of Art.
Linda has exhibited in Massachusetts at the Bromfield Gallery, Boston; Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge; Ashwell Gallery, Newburyport; Concord Art Association, Concord; and Alden Gallery, Provincetown.
Howard karren - Co-owner, Alden Gallery "Observers who are inexperienced with art or those who are highly trained have equally appreciated her work, and its emotional resonance is apparent at first glance. When we display her paintings in our windows, they are a powerful draw."
She has recently relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
I am inspired by daily life and common objects and locations that evoke personal emotions. It is the beauty of these experiences, old found objects, and memorable places that fascinate me and motivate my work. Intuition is my guide, providing the direction I need for the first stages, changes, and completion of my work. Through this process, I reveal quiet paintings that reflect a sense of time, place, and above all, tranquility.
What a joy to be able to paint. I have found so many good friends because of my art.
I am a member of a number of art groups. The one I am most active in is The Caboose Watercolor Society which is a group of six professional artists. We have shows together and meet for critiques and encouragement. I am also in West Texas Watercolor Society, Big Spring Art Association & West Texas art Guild. Each one of these groups has shows and workshops and great demo's to keep me up to date on new trends and give me the chance to be with creative people.
Most of all I have had the chance to meet so many special people from everywhere in this country and other countries too. My paintings are in the collection of many of these new friends. My thanks for each one of them. Thanks to you who take time to look at my art. Lots of my paintings are of still lifes I have set up or from photos I have taken on trips or in my own yard. God has given us so much beauty and I like to share that with others through my paintings. Hope to bring back memories to some and new ways to see a landscape or still life to others.
I like to work in many mediums but prefer watercolor. It is such an exciting medium that can turn out many different ways. I like to have an idea where I am going with a painting but will go a different way when the magic of watercolor suggest something else. I love the excitement of laying beautiful color on that white paper.
Linda Wacaster was born and raised in the Dallas area. She has a studied with the greats of wildlife art: Carl Brenders, John Seerey-Lester, Terry Isaac, Nancy Glazier, Alan Hunt and many others. Linda loves wildlife and the outdoors. She has travel worldwide to gather subject matter. She feels the sounds, smells and energy surrounding her is almost as important to the creative process as the visual subject.
The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart (Helen Keller). This is what Linda’s art does – it touches your heart
Liz started her serious art training at the Los Angeles Art Center School at age 17. She studied advertising design and illustration. She enjoyed the experience, but always wished to do more unstructured creative pieces.
She attended the University of Houston and studied under John Alexander and Gael Stack, something she treasures to this day, as they inspired her to find her own voice. She continued her art education always and studied under many fine teachers. She moved to the Woodlands in 2001 and loves the artist opportunities she finds there.
She has many ribbons for her oils, but 6 years ago she was intoduced to water media and never looked back. She joined the Watercolor Society of Houston and gained recognition for her work.
“I am an artist; I have always been an artist. As far back as my memory serves, creating art has liberated me from life’s daily struggles. The concept of time passing becomes an abstraction when I am immersed in creating.”
In 2002, Lori decided to follow her life’s passion and recommitted herself to painting. At this time, she first engaged in en plein air painting. “The challenges presented by painting nature while being part of that nature have taught me a tremendous amount about studying light and manipulating paint.” The one constant through her paintings: her energetic spontaneous brushstroke, applying paint with a confident contemporary approach.
Lori resides in Dallas, a long way from the mountains of New York where she was born and raised. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Over the following years, Lori successfully pursued a career as a commercial artist designing for advertising agencies and running her own design studio. She is currently Design Director for the award-winning Private Clubs magazine. You see the influence of her commercial career in her exciting compositions … silhouettes of the world.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York Oil Painting, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
I was born in Fort Worth, TX. At the early age of seven I realized I had a GOD given ability to draw. I have never received any formal training, I just have a natural ability to draw. After high school, I received an education in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Dallas were I earned an Associates Degree. I've worked in different segments of the graphics arts industry for many years. My experience ranges from graphic design to computer animation. But my true love is fine art.
Color is where it happens in the eyes of most and then we look for composition, value and scale,etc.
As with any painter my work reflects my moods through drama, color and composition on today's canvases. Timeless events and places captured from my broad collection of traveled memories.
From an early age I knew art would play a special part in my life because in my family, I was surrounded by artists of every kind. All of them musicians at the least , and my grandfather was a blacksmith that designed ornamental iron. Some of his work can be seen at the museum in Oklahoma City that he had designed for Bob Crosby and Robert H Goddard.
I was a native of New Mexico with a very simple life, and since I was a very small girl, I would draw every chance got. When we would go to pick fruit in the Hondo Valley, and got the opportunity, I watched Peter Hurd painting from a distance which drove me further towards my destiny of art.
I have been in many galleries, museums and wonderful places and studied with the best, including Guido Frick, Emin Abasaav, Mickey Wells, John Darby, Rich Nichols and last not least Jack Sorenson.
When we share our stories we restore life to the whole community. Whether tall tales or our own personal myths, spoken or written stories bring us together: they give us an understanding of the human condition and heal us of ignorance. In times of increasing cultural dissension, my work explores the links between us and the common values of our cultures. With a sense of the Jungian collective consciousness, I use these images to express our universal connectedness as people living in the world.
I also use my work to tell stories: to point out the mixed culture that stands at the base of our society. My own background makes me part of this larger cultural blending. In this way I am typical of many native Texans. My father, from Fort Worth, very Western in temperament, told us the tall tales of Texas by names like Rip Ford,"Big Foot" Wallace, and J. Frank Dobie. My East Dallas mother was born into an Italian-American family of small businessmen. My blending of cultures continues today. My husband's mother is Japanese, making my children even more a mix than I. Perhaps my images, whether painted or sculpted, can protect and guide them and others by telling stories of community.
M. Allison is a Houston native. She has been painting and showing her work for over 25 years.
M. Allison received her formal training at the University of Houston and the McNay Art Institute in San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Commercial Art and has used her background and experience in graphic design as an integral design factor in her works.
She usually begins each piece (quite often on black canvas) with a simple pencil sketch without a great amount of detail, allowing the actual painting to evolve in emotion and sensuality favoring deep exotic depth, light and shadow. Her styles are varied in subject matter and painting techniques and range from portrayals to impressionism to abstract often combining them.
She derives as much pleasure from painting an abstract as she does a realistic piece. A great majority of her work is loose, splashy and uncontrived allowing the viewer to develop his or her own unique interpretation of the painting.
Her extensive travels throughout Latin America and France are reflected in her images. Her works are shown in several galleries in western United States as well as private collections.
Marcy is a self-taught Artist from Southern California, currently residing in central Texas. She is without formal training or education in Fine Art. Her work is mostly of the feminine form. She sees beauty in the light and dark spaces of the figure.
Inspired by the works of the Da Vinci, Salvador Dali and the 70-80's Patrick Nagel she derived at her own style through her love to cut paper. This particular form of Art is an expression of her need to control her environment. Unlike artist who can paint (which she can do quite effortlessly), she finds satisfaction in cutting cut paper with a plain old Exacto knife. Nothing new or fancy, not the new cutting technique, or cutting gadget, no curved blades, just precise, precision, dexterity, she controls the cut with her eyes. She discovered the love for this form as a teenager. She has been trying to perfect it ever since. Her art is all about shapes and forms.
Currently Marcy has found a new expression for her love as you can see in her charcoal and conté – Muscle Studies.
Texas landscape artist, plein air artist, florals, animals, people, still life.. I want to paint it all. Oil painting, watercolor artist, acrylics or whatever medium is available. Art is a vital part of my life. I view the world with eyes seeking the formation in "that cloud". I'm in awe of the colors in each sunset, tree, flower or vista. Always wanting to capture the image or time in my mind. Thank goodness for my digital camera to keep the fog from clouding up the memories. Travel provides me with the fuel to burn in my studio in the form of photo's and sketches of what I see in this awesome world. Sometimes I can hardly wait to get back from my travels to paint. I do hope you enjoy my art.
Mark Malone is a native Texan. A former country boy, he now resides in the big city of Dallas.. He became interested in pursuing art many years ago and after several years of study decided to make it his career choice. The inspiration for his work is quite varied. He loves the incomparable beauty of New Mexico and frequently travels there to gather material for his landscapes. Still life, abstracts, florals and wildlife are also represented in his work. He is constantly challenging himself to break out of his comfort zone and his work reflects this in a variety of styles and techniques. He is best known for his bold use of color and often tries to give his paintings a sense of “movement”. He loves to use palette knives and thick rich impasto to provide texture to his canvasses. He views art as a constant evolutionary process and says he cannot imagine doing anything else.
Mark Nesmith is an accomplished artist, musician, songwriter, and teacher. He lives and works in SE Texas near Beaumont. He earned his B.F.A. in Studio Fine Art from Lamar University in 1998, and has also studied art at the University of North Texas. His artwork has been exhibited throughout Texas, including shows in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lufkin, Beaumont, and Denton, as well as in Oklahoma, and appears in several public and private collections. He taught art and music in the Dallas Independent School District for more than a decade and now teaches art in the Goose Creek Consolidated ISD. Mark has been a professional musician and performed hundreds of shows around the country with the bands Hackberry Road and Lone Star Republic. He has published articles for Empty Easel and eArticles.com, and he authors the blog Paint Daily Texas.
I am a retired first grade teacher who has always wanted to be an artist "When I grow up". I have a B.S. degree from Murray, Kentucky and an M.A. degree from Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana. My art training consists of classes taken at the Indianapolis Art Center, private classes, self study, workshops and many visits to museum and galleries. I have been doing juried art shows since 1996 and many of my pieces are now in private, corporate and museum collections.
I've loved art all my life. As a child I drew constantly...horses were my favorite. However, it wasn't until later in life that I finally had the time to concentrate on the study and creation of art by constantly reading art books and taking workshops. Some of the Artists I have studied with include Kevin Macpherson, Margaret Kessler, Albert Handell, Robert Johnson, Heidi Moran, Kurt Anderson, John Pototschnik, Kay Polk, and Gay Faulkenberry .
Martie Rains began painting for the first time October, 2005; however, a trip to Italy was her real inspiration. Upon returning, she began painting Italian scenes, mostly of the beautiful architecture and countryside she had enjoyed in Italy. She loved the antiquity and unique designs of the buildings and the vivid colors of the landscapes. Since then, Martie has continued to study art under several well-known artists, incorporating all she has learned into her own unique style of painting.
Martie’s work has been accepted into juried shows in Texas and has been recognized in several art competitions. Most recently, her art was one 130 pieces out of 370 juried into Stars of Texas Show, Brownwood, TX. Martie also recently received an award in the LGAA Spring Festival of Art. In addition, she is represented by Rising Stars Art Gallery in Mineral Wells and is a member of Artists of Texas and Contemporary Fine Art International. Martie is also active in the Lake Granbury Art Association and Pecan Plantation Art Guild.
A retired teacher and marketing manager, she lives with her husband, Gary, in Pecan Plantation near Granbury, Texas.
Mary Barnes was an Interior Designer until she retired in 1990. Her love of art began when she was young. Winning a poster contest in grade school. Involved in the arts all her life,she worked directing dance programs and workshops with the South Dakota Arts Council and the Artist in the School programs.
“ The elements of design, dance and painting are very similar, involving the manipulation of color, shapes patterns and textures. Developing a painting is an exciting journey in the exploration of color, movement and design.”
She started painting in oil at The Bunkhouse, a ranch for artists, located in the Texas Hill Country. Many of her paintings depict scenes from the landscape and buildings around the ranch, Lake Travis and the Hill Country, as well as scenes from the Texas Coast. A painting trip to Venice and Rome Italy have also been the topics of many of her paintings.
Class and Workshops with Vie Dunn-Harr, Gay Fulkenberry, Lesley Rich. Bob Rohm, Don Ward, Charles Sovek, Robert Burridge, Bobbie Kilpatrick have all brought their influence to her work.
She has done many commissions and her paintings are in private collections. Her art has been in the Bunkhouse Gallery Show, Hill Country Wine and Art Trail Events, , Lakeway City Hall, The Wall Street Gallery, and Cafe Lago.
MaryAnn Brooks Kildebeck signs her paintings with her maiden name, MaryAnn Brooks. She has been painting for 30 years, but took a long break while raising children and building a career in forensic therapy and mediation. She loves to paint with bold as well as softened colors and moves from realism to contemporary renditions easily.
Having lived in Texas for more than 40 years, MaryAnn feels at home in Texas, but still has deep roots in Oklahoma where she was raised. Her first training was with oils, then she moved to watercolors, and now uses both mediums. Please feel free to contact her to make suggestions or requests!
Marty Hatcher is from Dallas, Texas where, she found acceptance and encouragement for her love of art. Her deep connection with animals and nature was evident in her early art work. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington with a major in Commercial Art. After school she went directly into the field of art as an illustrator. Her love of and involvement with horses and nature eventually led her to a new career. She competed in, as well as instructing Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing while owning and operating a horse boarding facility in Houston. She did free-lance commercial art on the side and took up painting again under the tutelage of Houston’s own Dick Turner. She has studied with some of the country's finest artists, Quang Ho, Scott Christensen, and Ned Jacob to name a few. Marty took courses in Veterinary Technology to enhance her animal anatomy knowledge. When asked to share her thoughts on education, her passion for study was evidenced by her statement: "The more I learn, the more I know I need and love to learn. I feel an artist needs to have a deep understanding and feeling for what they are painting as well as a good handle on the use of the tools and innumerable applications available to them.”Her dream to share art and education in the arts is evident through the development ofARLC – Artists Retreat & Learning Center, her most recent and exciting undertaking. Marty taught life drawing at the Museum of Fine Art in Fort Worth, Texas. She is now teaching privately at her studio in Magnolia, Texas. Her works can be seen at - Galerie Mado Chalvet in Montrose at 1706 Westheimer, Houston TX 77098 (ph) 713-522-0475. Marty states that she now realizes her many years of study and experience with art, animals, and being an observer of nature have been developing a foundation from which to draw the fundamental materials for her deep passion, painting. Marty says:“There is something very sensual about moving paint around a canvas. Sometimes I laugh out loud while I’m painting for the sheer pleasure it brings to me.” It is her hope that her joy and passion come through in her paintings.
Melissa Davis Doron was born in 1976 in Houston, Texas. She studied Art at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and received her BFA in 2000. Doron is a colorist who celebrates the subtle, natural beauty of ordinary scenes in a way that is both intense and dramatic. She paints mostly in oil and has a diverse portfolio - from brilliant beach and forest landscapes to abstract color works. Doron has travelled extensively internationally and is noted for her bold use of color, the world over. Much in demand for commissioned artwork, Melissa Doron has completed paintings for Luby’s Restaurants, G.S.D. Companies International, and murals for numerous schools and dozens of homes in the Houston Area. Melissa’s paintings sell quickly, appealing to those who love landscapes and of course, her use of color. Doron is also well known for her use of 5 stars in her landscapes, noting one for each member of her family. Melissa Doron is very active in community service and her art has benefited more than a dozen charities and schools which used the art for auctions to benefit the children of Houston. Melissa Doron currently works and lives in the Houston area.
Melissa A. Torres is Registered Nurse, originally from Newburgh, NY, with no formal art education. She wished to pursue a degree in art but having had a son in her senior year of high school, she felt she needed a “stable” career that would bring her a steady income. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1997 and has been a practicing nurse since. She began taking an acrylic art class in March of 2011, but has been painting and drawing since childhood. She is most comfortable working with acrylic, but has done work in water color, pastel, and charcoal, and recently began working with water mixable oil.
Melissa finds inspiration in just about anything, but usually nature, people, and pets. Paintings that aren't commissions are usually as a result of a desire for her to challenge herself and to learn more.
Melissa is a member of RAW:natural born artists, Contemporary Fine Art International, and Artists of Texas. ! Melissa presently lives in San Antonio, TX.
Having been an artist all of my life...I remember seeing Santa place an art easel under the tree at my grandmothers house at age four...I am a watercolorist and pen&ink artist. Self taught, I was successfully on the art circuits doing large festivals and other venues for almost 25 years until I tired of traveling. While on the circuits, I met many wonderful artists and grew to love most media out there, but now concentrate strictly on watercolor. I am a member of several professional organizations around the country and enjoy entering exhibitions and benefiting from numerous watercolor workshops given by visiting artists as often as possible. My main passion seems to be painting glass and crystal and large focus florals. Out of the main stream of the work-a-day world now, I am able to devote full time to my painting and art interests. I am fortunate enough to be able to live and work on our farm outside of Tyler, Texas where we enjoy all the pleasures of small farm life...cats, dogs, birds, chickens, flowers and a wonderful vegetable garden. These are the good things of life.
NABozeman, or Nancy A. Bozeman, DVM, is a talented, award-winning Impressionist artist. She came by her artistic talent naturally, inheriting it from both her mother and grandmother. Her mother, Winifred Bozeman, was not only a talented oil painter and art instructor, but also an "Artist of Life" in raising a family of eight children. The Bozeman children grew up on a farm in the Texas Panhandle, surrounded by animals. Nancy spent her childhood with everything from milk cows to barn cats, fostering the strongest of bonds with the cats and horses - a love she has carried with her throughout her life, only recently rivaled by the mules of the Grand Canyon.
As a young woman, still living in the Panhandle, she took art classes under Dord Fitz. Fitz was an excellent artist and teacher, striving to expose his students to a variety of artists. With his guidance the young artist was able to meet and learn from renowned artists such as Elaine De Kooning and Louise Nevelson. Having developed a deep appreciation for art in all its aspects, Nancy was an art major as a young college student at Texas Tech. Since those early days she has been able to develop her own personal artistic passion, governed by her desire to capture the movement and personality of animals, the vastness of West Texas landscapes and, later in her life, the majesty of the Grand Canyon.
Although involved in a few art projects on the side, she did not actively pursue a professional career in art until she came across Curt Walters' Grand Canyon paintings during a visit to the Pri De West in Oklahoma City. Already in love with The Grand Canyon, it was no surprise, therefore, that Curt Walters would inspire her to return to her passion of fine art. Since the time that she came upon her inner artist at her mother's knee, Nancy has pursued many art genres and mediums. With fresh inspiration to paint the Grand Canyon, she has found that the immediacy and the color of pastels have made them her favorite medium to work with currently. Pastels have been a fabulous medium for the plein air works that so inspire Nancy. The immediacy of the pastels facilitate the capturing of the color and the mood of any scene.
Artist's Statement NABozeman strives to depict a moment in time with each of her pastel paintings; she loves the play of light and color to show movement. She hopes that you enjoy viewing her artwork as much as she enjoys creating it!
At an early age, having found that the grandeur of nature has the ability to uplift the soul, Gulley's feet became set upon the path that would guide her artistic life. This emotional view of the world is something that she translates through her canvas so that the viewer can journey with her, capturing the energy and intrinsic beauty of our natural surroundings.
In order to achieve the desired mood for her work, she combines an impressionistic flair with a sculptor’s technique, thereby creating multi-dimensional images, often by applying paint thickly using palette knives. The resulting style achieves a richness of depth that explodes with color, flows with light, and evokes an emotional response, so as to uplift one’s spirits. Utilizing vivid colors, contrasting the play of light and shadow to create drama, and using broad energetic strokes also add to a sense of vitality and motion, bringing her landscapes to life.
Gulley's work is not only collected internationally, but her award-winning paintings have also exhibited in gallery and museum shows. Besides painting full-time, Gulley and her husband teach painting/photography workshops around the world.
I create representational oil paintings using the alla prima technique. With alla prima painting, a work is completed while the paint is still wet. Using this wet-on-wet technique, I often employ thin, transparent washes along with impasto texture which add depth and interest to my paintings. The time limitation of this technique motivates an energetic pace to my work and helps to keep my inspiration fresh. I prefer to paint from life and am inspired by the effects of light and shadow in the world around me. Black paint is not part of my palette. I use color mixes and complements for shadows and lowering color intensity. My limited color palette offers a virtually infinite color range and helps me to organically achieve color harmony. I enjoy exploring the new inspirations I find each day.
Pamela Blaies works with oils to create representational art. She discovered her passion for painting soon after starting a family. Her small children were sad about their recent move, so to lift their spirits she began to create murals on their bedroom walls. She found herself anticipating each morning filled with painting. Compelled to explore this newly discovered part of her, she began to experiment with painting on canvas. These first steps were just the beginning of her lifelong commitment to the pursuit of painting. She works "alla prima" style, finishing each piece while the paint is still wet.
Her studio is her favorite place to paint and display her newest works of art. Her paintings can be found in private collections, galleries and exhibitions throughout Texas and beyond. Pamela is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Artists of Texas and Professional Artists in North Texas. She has had the opportunity to study with talented and accomplished artists and has also discovered that self-study and experimentation work well for her as she continuously strives to grow as an artist. Through dedication, study and hard work, she pursues her art with enthusiasm. While nurturing her passion for painting, she has learned to feel, see and connect on a deeper level.
She’s a native Texan. She was born in Irving, raised in the Houston area and attended high school in Georgetown. After graduating from Baylor University, earning a degree in Business Administration, she was ready to spread her wings and experience more. She skipped the graduation ceremony to catch the first flight to Europe to continue the fashion modeling career she enjoyed for over a decade. She is working toward becoming fluent in Spanish and loves to travel, but home is where her heart is - Texas. She now lives with her husband of 16 years and their 3 children in Colleyville, Texas, located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
An established wildlife artist, Patsy Lindamood’s move to Texas in 2012 has provided a wealth of opportunities to experience a new kind of “wild” life - the rodeo. Lindamood has just begun to scratch the surface of this new genre of “wild things” artwork. Her growing body of rodeo-themed work is markedby the same bold, vibrant, colorful, yet strongly representational character as her award-winning wildlife work.
Drawn to bold colors, strong texture, and compositions dominated by a sense of tension created through motion or change in direction, Lindamood finds infinite inspiration in the animal kingdom, from western wildlife roaming the remaining wild spaces of the United States to the rank and rowdy bucking broncs and bulls of the rodeo. Each piece celebrates a momentary communion with wild things and a keen desire to contribute in some small way to the preservation of a world where the buffalo still roam, where the deer and the antelope continue to play, and where the cowboy way of life remains a career option.
I am an Australian ex-pat, and after living on the Hawaiian island of Maui for 12 years, moved to mainland USA 10 years ago. I teach art and conduct workshops and demonstrations in many parts of the States and Australia.
In the 1990's I began a 400 student art school in Australia and when I lived in Hawaii owned two art galleries on Maui. I paint in every medium, and can really say there are no favourites for me, I see what the subject dictates and off I go. Water and movement are constant themes in my work and I LOVE color. Rae Andrews
As an oil painter for over four years now and live near the city of Alvin, TX. I first started as someone who grew to love going to places to sketch and paint as a way of getting outdoors and enjoying life. It soon became a habit I enjoyed so much as it switched a light bulb on. I was soon immersed into painting that after a year's worth or hard work, I had enough paintings to make a book of Seascape paintings.
These days I'm painting almost everyday. My main subject is seascapes and anything related. What follows are landscapes and to help fill in the gaps and keep things interesting I sometimes do still life's and the figure. I do teach workshops for plein air painting as well as some studio type workshops and my larger works can be seen in Galleries in Galveston.
A photographer with a BS degree in Illustrative Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology who studied with fine art instructors such as Minor White, Ralph Hattersley and Charles Arnold.
My current work is digital format in both black and white and color. While most of my work is digital, many film negatives have also been scanned so that they might be printed.
Images are found where ever travel takes me. My eye tends to see images which are abstract or which can be abstracted through the digital process. Fragments and details of objects and areas also attract my attention. I am very aware of light and try to utilize it to best enhance the effect on the final image. All of the finished work is produced in a digital darkroom. The usual photographic techniques are applied digitally. In addition, some of the images are further manipulated in Photoshop and other software using techniques only available in the digital format.
Peace. Beauty. Light. Three aspects Rebecca Zook consciously incorporates into her acrylic paintings. Though she portrays a variety of subjects, she relies on a high level of detail and a strong sense of light to tie her work together. Viewers often comment that they feel as if they could step into her paintings; as if the frame were a window to another world.
"I'm drawn to Texas' plentiful wild grasses in particular. Watching the wind weave patterns through them and the gentle swaying provide me with a much needed calm. I stand among them and am reminded of the ocean. Great waves roll across the fields. Seed heads catch the sun and glow like breaking spray. This connection with nature is something that's been a part of me since childhood and is a subject that helps me deal with life's challenges."
For Rebecca, the beauty of nature and the peace it brings offset the emotional and physical challenges of dealing with multiple chronic illnesses. A rare immune deficiency requires regular antibody infusions derived from plasma donations while secondary autoimmune conditions flare at unpredictable intervals. Because she is forced to limit her physical activities, Rebecca paints mainly from photographs that she has taken of her subject matter.
"I have a camera with me always. You never know when the light is going to be just perfect or when you are going to happen upon a unique scene worthy of painting. Sometimes it's difficult for me to get to my intended destination when driving because I keep seeing "paintings" along the way. Many artists travel far and wide to find inspiration for their work, but I find the most compelling scenes are truly in my own back yard, an empty lot just up the street, the dramatic clouds poised over the road toward home or one of my dogs curled up on the sofa sound asleep."
Taking drawing and sculpture classes all through school, Rebecca was fortunate to attend a high school that offered Commercial Art as an elective. This altered her path from fine art to Graphic Design. She received a full academic scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she majored in Advertising Art gaining her BFA degree. She minored in fine art–taking photography, painting, printmaking and ceramics courses. Rebecca has been working as a Commercial Artist for the last 25 years most recently for an in-house corporate agency as a Senior Graphic Designer. She turned her attention back to fine art 10- years ago, though still works a full-time day job. Rebecca has worked in many media, but has settled on painting in acrylics to express herself.
Rebecca's acrylic technique often involves painting in many overlapping layers of thin washes of color. She finds this better conducive to capturing the unique qualities of light. She prefers to paint mainly smaller works under 18" x 24" and uses gessoed masonite boards, she prepares herself. Follow her on Facebook to view the in progress photos of many of her paintings. Rebecca lives in Granbury, Texas with her husband, Ed. Competing for her time and attention are her bevy of “children” including: dogs, cats and parrots, as well as an avid love of gardening-concentrating on xeric and/or native plants.
Affiliations: Master Signature Member Artists of Texas, Signature Member NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society), American Plains Artists and LGAA (Lake Granbury Art Association).
Rex Miller Concentrates primarily on landscapes and figurative painting. He especially enjoys southwest themes. With each painting he attempts to capture a mood from the setting that touches his inner soul. Often it is one that evokes emotions of serenity and nostalgia.
His original interpretation of painting leans towards realistic impressionism. Miller's works are primarily done in acrylic, watercolor and pastels.
He began painting at an early age and studied briefly under the renowned Texas artist, Tom Lea, and under artist Robert Massey. Miller is basically self-taught through his sharp eye and ability to transfer what he sees and feels before him to his composition.
He spent most of his working life in the corporate business world with little time to paint. He has freelanced in commercial art throughout the years. It is only recently he has dedicated himself to becoming a full time painter. Miller's work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas carries a strong representation of his work and its diversity.
Texas-based painter, Robin Cheers’ gift is her ability to bring a magnifying glass to life’s simple moments. Her paintings encourage us to appreciate the extraordinary stories that are told in the most ordinary of circumstances.
“To discover and share the hidden treasures of everyday moments is the goal of my work. Light and gesture are my inspiration. I paint quickly - alla prima - because its the most instinctive way for me to work and capture that moment of pure inspiration. My paintings have become a visual diary of my life. In the summer, I turn to paintings of the beach, farm markets, horse shows and swimming holes. Other seasons find me in the city, frequenting coffee houses and museums, and gathering material and inspiration from each stop along the way.”
Robin's subject matter invites people to stop and explore, while painterly brushwork speaks to the fleeting moments she captures on canvas. Working from sketches, paint studies and photos, she paints with immediacy, preferring to finish a painting in one session, leaving out details and allowing the viewer to interpret the story to their own ends.
Born in Ohio in 1969, her family moved quite often while Robin was growing up; creative play and art helped her adjust to new situations. Robin graduated in 1991 from Virginia Tech where she studied public relations and graphic arts - balancing the practical with the creative. She worked as a graphic artist and web designer in the years following college, moving once more to her current home in Austin in 1994. She studied painting at night in intensive classes with Elizabeth Locke until 2001 when she became a full time fine artist. Studies with Kim English, Peggi Kroll Roberts and Ken Auster, as well as studying the impressionist masters from long ago, have continued to inform her work.
Robin Ingle is a nationally recognized Texas Artist who has lived i the Dallas/Ft>Worth area all of her life. She began her career as an artist may years ago when she was handed her first Crayon. From that point forward she knew her destiny.
My name is Roseanne Snyder and I paint for the sheer enjoyment of it. I have always had an abiding interest in art, but never seriously considered doing anything about it until about ten years ago and I haven't stopped since. I did take a couple of art classes at the local college but then decided to go to work to help defray my daughter's college expenses.
In time my husband and I retired amd spent years traveling here and abroad. He is a wildlife photographer and great source for material and ideas. Now at a comfortable age I have the time and desire to paint. No inhibitions, no rules, and no children to distract. My only regret is that I did not do this a long time ago.
I paint whatever I am in the mood to paint, whenever, be it abstract, realism, or maybe just a little whimsical. I never know what it will be until it is nearly finished. And then again it may be trash. My pictures range from "the sublime to the ridiculous". I try again!
I paint mainly from memory and ideas from my husband,s photography and travels.
I was adopted along with my brother many years ago and as I look back I realize how fortunate we were. My parents were highly educated and never failed to impress upon us the necessity of an education. They were right! So I quit college, got married, had a family, and never looked back until my girls were grown and independent!
My husband and I retired and took off for South Africa where my daughter's husband was a professor at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzberg. We had a grand time. Africa then was not as Africa is today. We continued to travel but much prefer the southwestern U.S.
I had an obsession with wildflowers and nowhere are they more prolific and beautiful than in central Texas. We visited LBJ's boyhood home and I was bowled over by the wildflowers. Lady Bird's agenda was to beautify Texas and that she did. The ranch was ablaze with fields and multitudes of bluebonnets, indian blankets, etc. I was standing behind John when I heard a car stop and looking around realized that Lady Bird was smiling at me and said"Aren't the flowers lovely this year". We chatted for a minute until I realized that two cars had stopped behind her so I suggested I leave and she said "Oh ignore them. They are my secret service protectors and follow me everywhere".What a lovely gracious woman.....
I returned to painting and found that it is very relaxing as long as everything goes right. I love abstract art and play with its colors all the time.
Having worked as an Architect for over 40 years I produced a lot of drawings and renderings of projects, but was not involved in fine art. Yet I have been "seeing" projects in lights and darks, composition, texture, movement and color. All these elements of architecture are the same ones that artists apply to their works. So in a sense I have been producing "Art" by taking 3 dimensional ideas and translating them to 2 dimensional drawings. The only difference is that those drawings are then used to create the 3 dimensional work.
Upon the urging of my wife over the last 30 years saying "you could do that" when we were looking at art, I decided to try Oil Pastels in October of 2009. It felt like a natural medium for me to work with as I was able to get what my mind was seeing onto the ground I was working on. I soon discovered that this was a medium not too well known or understood. It is the application of pure pigment in stick form, similar to Dry Pastels. For a more complete understanding please visit theOil Pastel Society.
I have been honored as a Signature member of the Oil Pastel Society, and am a juried member of The International Guild of Realism, Oil Painters of America, Faith Artists and The Artists of Texas.
In my life and my art I strive to give praise to the Creator of all. I believe that as a Christian everything I do is summed up by the scripture:
"For From Him and Through Him and To Him are all things.
To Him be the Glory Forever. Amen"
Romans 11: 36
"Since starting on my chosen path, I have traveled around the globe visiting 24 countries along the way. I use the camera to explore the world around me and to capture a moment in time that has some significance for me.
So many times photographers talk about the quality of light, the presentation of a vision or some other spiritual interpretation surrounding their photography and reason for doing it. Which can all be legitimate and profound, however for me it is much simpler, I have no choice, it is a labor of love." Scott Williams
Sharon Hodges is a native Texan whose admiration for animals and the natural world is reflected in her art. “I seek to capture of moment in time, a piece of light, or a passing emotion and express it in paint.”
Sharon’s bold brushwork, expressive use of color, and aggressive palette knife work makes her art recognizable. “I like to work large, and painting can become an aerobic workout…I trust the process, and like the feel of thick layers of paint as they are manipulated across the canvas, defining and modeling the forms.”
Hello, my name is Sheri Mills Cook, a talented self-taught artist and I create my own unique collectible style of equine art. My preferred style is realistic and from the heart. Not only does my art delight the horse lover’s eye, it also arouses the feelings and the fondness that urges one to reflect upon their own love of the horse. I portray my genre with a genuine love and emotional devotion to my subject...THE HORSE!
Like most horse crazy little girls, I have drew horses since early childhood. Of course, I never outgrew the fascination and happy for it. I am a professional artist and I am published in Horse Illustrated, Bird Talk and Young Rider.I have had the honor of studying under Marilyn Todd-Daniels twice in the Equine Art Workshops she offers at Woodsong Institute in Whitewright, Texas. Throughout this journey and development of my career, I express my creations with the use of various mediums; from Graphite Pencil, Prisma Color Pencils, Watercolors and Inks, to Acrylics and Water Soluble Oils.I am recently experimenting with Digital Art using Corel Painter, as well.
I combine soft colors, soft tones and hues to create my art of the horse. I am drawn to my subjects because of their God given shape, form, beauty and spirit. These animals touch my soul. As I create my personal works of equine art, I attempt to devote attention to my favorite parts of that horse. It could be the curve of the neck, the bend of an ear, powerful legs, or a flashy mane and tail. I am especially fond of the eyes and muzzle. I want what ever delights my eye in that particular horse to catch the viewer's eye as well.
Currently, I also enjoy expression in the form of A.C.E.O. art cards. These little illustrative works of (2.5" X 3.5") art make it affordable for all to collect my creations. I use mixed mediums of pen and ink with prisma professional markers and color pencils which result in colorful collectible art cards. These bold and colorful little cards are very fun and exciting for me. I enjoy making each one! A new fascination for me are my watercolor and ink INDEX CARD artworks. Each (3"x5" index card) is unique and collectible. I hope to use the bulk of them for fund-raising. You may viewMY FAVORITE CHARITIEShere. This new medium is also very affordable and fun for me as an artist to create.
Myskill in execution and love of my subject produces unique and cherished creations of equine and animal artworks. I hope you will consider becoming a member of my COLLECTING COOK ART family!
I have studied and painted for 30 years, constantly learning from many diverse artists through workshops and classes. I consider myself an impressionist painter and strive to create an accurate but painterly look. I want you to see my brush stroke or wave of my palette knife. My goal is to push boundaries, growing through experimentation, variety and brush mileage.
I have grown to love the process of painting from life, whether it is outdoors or from a set up in the studio. Painting in the great outdoors creates an excitement within me that results in a fun dance with the brush or palette knife. Creating still life's in the studio gives me control over color shape, form and design. My result is an explosion of color and energy. It's an exhilarating and challenging adventure. I am inspired with the process and my gratitude to God for the artistic ability He has given me.
I currently have paintings in Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas; VITAS Inpatient unit at Baylor All Saints Hospital; VITAS Hospice, Dallas office and VITAS Hospice, Ft. Worth office. Original artwork brings beauty and warmth to our unit and provides a nice respite to the staff and patients. See more of my work on my blogspot http:// www.sheriart.blogspot.com and web site www.sheriart.net
Shirley Quaid Signature
SIGNATURE MEMBER AOT
Shirley’s art career started after she had raised her family but she is making up for lost time by painting every day. A viewer once said of her work that the soul was evident in the figurative as well as the landscape paintings. What a wonderful thing to hear!
She connects with her subjects on an emotional level as her heart strings are tugged by the beauty of the human spirit as well as our beautiful Earth.
Every new painting offers challenges to work through as edges are softened, colors are selected and the thickness of the paint is applied with brush and knife to create an evocative response from the viewer.
Her paintings have garnered numerous awards from the very beginning and have been collected throughout the United States.
She maintains a studio in Humble, TX and is represented by The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, TX.
"Steven DaLuz is known for figurative works and imaginative landscapes, using a process he devised using metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. Born in Hanford, California, Steve lived 13 years abroad, and completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management, before earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2003. DaLuz was selected three times for inclusion in the Florence Biennale. His drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 26 States and overseas. He is a featured speaker and panelist at The Representational Art Conference, 2014, and was invited to participate in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition in 2014. He has exhibited internationally, and his work has been published in art books, and magazines, such as Art in America, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Artists. He is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston, and Dallas, Texas."