Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spotlight On: Barbara Hack

NAME: Barbara Hack
CITY: Dallas, TX
BIO: Barbara Hack’s work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Working predominantly in painting mediums, Barbara relishes the challenge of realistic portraiture, and her subject matter reflects her love for figurative work. But she pushes beyond realism, as well, in her desire to capture resonant moments in time. Her work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts. Ephemeral figures are momentary presences that are nonetheless powerful enough to make lasting, even shaping, impressions. Barbara attempts to understand these figures and their ephemerality and to share that understanding with others.
Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including graphite, pastels, prismacolor and oils. She and her husband, Greg, are proud parents of two daughters, Madison and Whitney. Barbara teaches studio artist’s classes to tweens, teens and adults where her love of art and her desire to create quality art for herself is a wonderful influence on her students.
"Inception of Point", Oil,  Diptych, 
30" x 55"

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PSoA, TX Chapter: Article about Member, Michael Gillespie

How one Studio Art alumnus continues to follow his passion and maintain a steady career painting

Michael%20GillespieMichael Gillespie (B.F.A., Art Education, 1983) recently completed the biggest portrait commission of his career — a portrait of Ray and Nancy Hunt, of Hunt Oil Co., in Dallas. He described the work as a “rare honor.” Over the years, he’s worked as an artist and teacher in various capacities. The Dallas-based painter(link is external) took time to speak with the College of Fine Arts about how he continues to grow as an artist and how he stays involved and excited in his craft.

Tell me a little bit about your career, art and otherwise, and what you’re up to these days.

I was doing church music before studying art at UT. When I graduated with a B.F.A., I worked as an illustrator for several years and continued as church choral director part time. I always had a knack for “getting a likeness,” and gradually started doing more portrait commissions as the illustration market died away. There’s something about drawing or painting a human face that fascinates me, even though I also enjoy figure painting and drawing. I also do a lot of outdoor plein air painting of landscapes, some of which I sell online, and some in a gallery.
Like most artists, I have done various things to pay the bills. I currently teach part time at Dallas Baptist University, a survey course called “Introduction to Fine Arts,” for non-arts majors. And I do some small group teaching in my community.
I was artist-in-residence at a five-star hotel in Italy for a month a couple of years ago, where I taught guests and sold some paintings. I plan to return to Italy to paint this summer.

Is there a type of painting you particularly enjoy?

Most of my work is done in oil or pastel, but I sometimes experiment with watercolor. Portrait painting seems to be an art form that is more popular in the deep south, by tradition. Otherwise, it’s mainly for high-profile people. Most people think of photography first to capture someone’s likeness.
A%20painting%20of%20David%20learned%20about%20his%20son's%20death.%20I do a commissioned portrait about once per year now. An artist’s work evolves over time, and I am becoming more interested in figurative work that is more personal. For example, When David Heard was inspired by a choral composition on the same theme. It’s about the Biblical David lamenting the death of his son. The painting is done in a very realistic style. I have won several awards for it, and it was sold. One thing that has helped me through the years is the amount of figure drawing that was required at UT. I think training the eye that way is extremely valuable for art students, whatever genre they pursue. 

Photo credits: Top: Michael Gillespie. Bottom: When David Heard, by Michael Gillespie. Courtesy photos.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

PSoA, TX Chapter, East Texas Face-Off Report

Many thanks to participating East Texas artists
model Michael Schwandt,
Hope Pointe Anglican Church and Robert Shaw, Executive Pastor, 
fellow Portrait Society of America artists and all who were in attendance. 
You all made our first East Texas Face-Off a great success!

Susan Hotard

Suzie Greer Baker

Partha Chinnasamy

Rosslyn Duncan

Brenda Hash

Nancy Hines

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spotlight On Gaye Sekula, Unveiling of 50 COWBOYS ~ 50 PAINTINGS

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Edna Krueger Shares Workshop Opportunity

Thought if any may be interested to forward this on to our portrait group. Sometimes it is refreshing to get outside & do something not so studio bonded. I may not be able to go but love getting outside to paint. Thought maybe others may feel the same. Thanks for forwarding this. Edna Krueger 

Randy Sexton Workshop II - March 24, 25, 26th, Austin TX
Good morning artists,
Please feel free to share this with any fellow painters or artist groups that may be interested in participating in a plein air workshop with instructor Randy Sexton.

Exciting News!!! Plein Air Austin is hosting a workshop with Randy Sexton for Spring 2017 here in Austin, Texas. 
Randy Sextion Workshop II - March 24, 25, 26, 2017
Paint urban scenes with Plein Air Austin members and instructor Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3-day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making, compositions, values, and shape - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location in downtown Austin. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Sexton works in oil medium but is open to all mediums. Workshop will run 9am – 4pm with a break for lunch.
COST: $450/ 3 Days – Class size is limited to 12 (Only 3 spots left)  

Check out Randall Sexton’s work on his website.
Contact: Alexis McCarthy / 512.695.5174/

Spotlight on: Karen Offutt, 2017 Texas Top Ten

Name:  Karen Offutt
City:  Austin, Texas

"Lighthouse", 24"x18", oil on board 

A native Texan, figurative artist Karen Offutt was self-taught until her mid-twenties when she began to take a more formal approach to her education focusing on drawing and painting with oils at Austin Fine Arts Classes.  She has also studied with some of today's most nationally renowned artists.  While taking a few years off to raise her kids, Karen yearned to reexamine and redefine the direction of her work both in technique and content.  While Karen's previous body of work has the ethereal feel of a memory, her most recent paintings invite the viewer into a world of her creation.
Karen's work has been featured in various publications such as Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, Artist on Art among others.  Her work has also won awards and received recognition nationally from Salon International, the Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America.  Over the years her work has shown in various invitational and juried shows such as Emerging Artist Show in Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. Artists Show in Philadelphia, PA, American Art Invitational in Denver, CO, Women Painting Women in Charleston, SC, Women Painting Women in Georgetown, TX, and Painters Painting Painters in Austin, TX.

She currently has work in Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, TX, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC and in the Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Karen and her husband, along with their two young boys, live in Austin, Texas.