Saturday, September 17, 2011

An Introduction from your Newest Texas Co-Ambassador

Welcome to the Texas Portrait Network! This blog is brand new and still a work in progress. I will be adding much more material within the next few months. For the first post, I thought I'd share the introductory letter I sent out to Texas members.

Dear Artists,

My name is Anna Rose Bain, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the newest TX co-ambassador for the Portrait Society of America! My hope is that in filling this role, I will have the opportunity to get to know as many of you as I can, and to help you and serve you to the best of my ability. The Portrait Society is truly a wonderful organization, enabling artists to connect with each other and learn from the best in the business. There is so much amazing talent right here in the state of Texas, and we shouldn't have to wait until the annual conference to start connecting. Hopefully, over the next few months, Kathy Gray and I will be able to organize one or more get-togethers for artists in different parts of the state. I am so looking forward to meeting you!

In the mean time, though, I'd like to share a little of my own artistic background with you.

I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, and started drawing from the moment I could pick up a pencil. I started doing portraits at around the age of 10, and by the time I went to college, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a professional portrait artist. I majored in art at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI. After graduating in 2007, I lived in Madison, WI, for about a year and worked for a portrait photography studio, where I learned to master Photoshop, as well as utilize web design and marketing how-to's. I was married to my wonderful husband Steve in 2008, and that's the year that we moved to the Dallas area. We have been here ever since, and I work at home in my studio here in Garland, specializing in commissioned portraits. I also enjoy figurative painting, still life, and plein air. I teach some private lessons, but some of you may remember me most for a mini-workshop I taught in Austin a couple years ago on "Photoshop for Painters."

As your new co-ambassador, I hope to contribute by:
1) Connecting artists by organizing more get-togethers around the state
2) Empowering artists with technological tools - I will share as much as I can about Photoshop, web design, social networking, blogging, and so forth.
3) Maintaining a blog (this blog!) for TX members where they can access member news, resources, upcoming events and competitions, and much more. We will have featured artists on the blog -- not historical figures, but real live TX portrait artists!

Remember, artists are always better in groups! We thrive in an environment where we can grow and learn from each other.

Thank you for your time, and again, I am so excited to be here!

Happy painting!

Anna Rose Bain

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