Friday, October 21, 2016

Texas Top Ten Competition, 2017

In the next couple of weeks  you will be receiving  an email announcing our second annual Texas Top Ten Competition. This  is an opportunity to promote your art, as well as being a wonderful outreach for the Portrait Society of America.  Please help spread the word that this competition is open to ALL Texas Portrait Artists, regardless of whether or not they are a member of the Portrait Society of America.

Gaye Sekula, Texas Ambassador

Friday, July 22, 2016

Workshop with Nancy Boren, Sept 20-22, 2016

Painting the Figure Indoors and Outside  

Nancy Boren
September 20-22Tuesday – Thursday9am-4pm 
Oil or medium of choice – all levels
$350/3 days The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont Call 802-442-7158 or email

Workshop Description
Hone your figure painting skills.  In this workshop we will work on capturing the essence of the model, drawing (with paint), paying attention to the negative spaces, value relationships and edges. This is a great time for working with a limited palette, if the student so desires.  There will be instructor demos and discussions, with questions welcomed. This class will be fun with lots of personal critique and interaction with the instructor. Embrace the challenge of painting the model in the studio as well as outdoors.

About the Instructor
Nancy Boren’s first painting, a watercolor done at age 12, while sitting next to her artist father James Boren as he painted at the Grand Canyon in the late 1960s. Her oils can be seen in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art Magazine, Texas Traditions, 36 Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State, by Michael Duty and Susan Halsten McGarry and Brushstrokes and Balladeers edited by C. J. Hadley. Her painting, “Aloft in the Western Sky” is part of the permanent collection of the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia.  Nancy’s work has been shown at the National Arts Club, the Gilcrease Museum, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Arts in Embassies program in Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa, and the national juried shows of the AWA, OPA, AIS, and the Outdoor Painters’ Society. See more of Nancy’s work and achievements at 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Workshop with Cheng Lian, Aug 31- Sept 2, 2016

3 Day Workshop
Elements to Paint a
Live Portrait
with NOAPS Master Artist and instructor Cheng Lian
Judge of the 2016 Best of America Exhibit
A widely collected and award winning artist

August 31,September 1 & 2, 2016 (Wednesday through Friday)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In conjunction with the opening of the BEST OF AMERICA Exhibit 2016
in Orleans, Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod

Cheng Lian

Monday, June 13, 2016

Featuring Member: Rhonda Lorkowski

"Edna" 16"x 20", Oil

Name: Rhonda Lorkowski
City: Euless, Texas 
LinkedIn: Rhonda Lorkowski

Rhonda holds a master of education from the University of North Texas was was a school counselor for fifteen years. Art is a part of Rhonda's family's tradition which includes generations of painters, sculptors and musicians.
 Her first love is portraiture. The appeal of capturing a person’s essence - both physical and spiritual - which produces a likeness of a person “from the inside out” is the connection it evokes from the viewer of the portrait. More than landscape, still life, seascape, cityscape or abstract, portraiture can create mood and elicit feeling from the viewer.  “I want to make evident the subject’s personality using color, expression, the setting, posture, and even the clothes he or she wears.”

The artist works in oils on 20 x 24 inch, or larger, linen canvas using primarily a realistic style.  Rhonda enjoys painting cityscapes and landscapes and draws upon her excursions to France, Belgium, England, Scotland, and Italy for architectural detail in her paintings.   The visual impact of viewing great art in person is impossible to duplicate.  Rhonda recharges her “artistic batteries” at museums and cathedrals in Europe and the United States.  

Artist's Statement
“I believe drawing the subject freehand imprints that person’s features in my mind and heart, so that when I begin the actual painting, I can use my artist’s eye in depicting that individual’s features and characteristics from memory.  I follow a method used by Rembrandt and the other “Old Masters”.  That tradition is important to me as an artist.  It is not the fastest way to complete a portrait. But if this process was good enough for Rembrandt, it is good enough for me!”  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Featuring Member: Partha Chinnasamy

"The Judge"
Name: Partha Chinnasamy

Artist Statement:

Nature, colors, music, dance, poetry, past and living great minds in art inspire my work. The art journey of mine started with a dream in a small town in south India. Art & engineering have been my passion since childhood. Creativity derived from art shaped my engineering career. Currently, I live and work in Houston area. Took my first formal class with Brenda Hash,an accomplished artist in pastel, after which I developed a passion for figurative-Art.I try to paint and learn as much as possible raising a young family. It has been a pleasure being associated with PSA.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Featuring Member: JD Cole

"Oldtime Traditions",   49"H x 39"W, Oil on canvas

Name: JD Cole
Current location: Nacogdoches, TX and Palmer, AK
Artist statement: 

JD Cole is a native of Oklahoma, a frequent resident of Texas, and a 25-year Alaskan transplant. After 26 years in public education, he is finally achieving his dream of storytelling through painting.

JD is inspired by times, traditions, and crafts of the past: items that risk being lost in the modern-day world. He seeks out unique individualsand subject matter that follow a person's journey into their material identity. He explores the costuming efforts and experimentation of the young, into middle age where focus is often grounded in an occupation, and on through the deep-rooted traditions and passions of a lifetime.

JD works primarily in oils in the style of classical realism and currently splits his time between Alaska and Texas.

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