Monday, December 19, 2011

News from Pastel Artist Daggi Wallace

This post submitted by Dallas member Daggi Wallace:

This piece won the following awards:
  • Degas Pastel Society Award at the Pastel Society of America's 39th Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City,Sept 2011
  • Honorable Mention at the International Association of Pastel Societies, Dec 2011
  • Second Place at the Art Connection Member Show at the Irving Art Center in Irving, TX, Oct 2011
Other awards and recognitions:
  • “Choices” and “Searching” were both awarded Honorable Mention at the Pastel Society of the Southwest Juried Show, Richardson, TX, Nov 2011 (juror Doug Dawson)
  • Everett Raymond Kinstler juried my three paintings "This, too Shall Pass", "Broken Promises" and "Treasures Along the Path" into the Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait competition
  • I was voted in as full member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club this summer
  • My painting "Secrets" was included in their 113th Annual Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC in September
  • “Broken Promises” also was accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies show, Dec 2011
  • I had a solo exhibition featuring my Moni’s Kids nonprofit portraits (aiding children in need) and my Up Close & Personal series at Luminarte Design Gallery in Dallas, TX, Oct 2011.
Thanks for letting me share!
Wishing you all the Best for the Holiday Season!
Daggi Wallace

Monday, December 12, 2011

Member News: Successful Portrait Unveiling

Post submitted by McKinney member, Connie Erickson:

I thought I would share my good fortune with  Texas portrait artists. Columbia Tennessee is near where I used to live and has been a wonderful source of commissions for me.
Merry Christmas, Connie Erickson


The dedication was a wonderful celebration of Mr. Walter’s 32 years as CEO of Maury Regional. The portrait was the star of the day! Mr. Walter said that he thanks you “for making him look better than he actually does!” Attached is a snapshot of the portrait and the sign. It looks wonderful.   I will forward the press coverage once it is in print. Dr. Rebecca Hawkins, one of your other subjects, was in attendance as she is a board member as well. Thank you again for your talent!

Joe K. Kilgore, Executive Director

Friday, December 9, 2011

Upcoming Workshop: Judith Carducci

Post submitted by Dallas member, Michael Mentler:

The Society of Figurative Arts Dallas
Jan. 26th-30th, 2012

 5-day workshop instructed by one of today's foremost portrait painters

About the Artist:
Judith Carducci has received international recognition and her work has been shown in such venues as; The National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art. Her work has been featured in; International Artist, Pastel Artist International, American Artist, The Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine.

For information about the artist visit

$600 (Includes model fees) - $200 advance deposit required
  (Space is limited so enroll now!)

Society of Figurative Arts Studio is located at 3306 Wiley Post, Carrolton, Texas 75006 (just west of Addison airport)

Society of Figurative Arts

For additional information contact
Michael Mentler at:
972 679-1625


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Michael Mentler

Michael Mentler of Dallas, TX, is this month's Spotlight Artist. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and Washington University in Saint Louis, where he taught figure drawing and design. Michael's work has been featured in Saint Louis magazine, Communication Arts, Art Direction, Graphis and more recently in American Artist Drawing Magazine in a feature article titled "Learn From The Sketchbooks of a Modern Day Leonardo." Michael has also been featured in Juliette Aristides' new book Lessons in Classical Drawing (Essential Techniques From Inside the Atelier). More on Michael at Artist Daily.

Interview with our December Spotlight Artist, Michael Mentler:

1) When and how did you first become seriously interested in Art? About age 8 or 9

2) What is your training, and what medium(s) / subject matter do you work in? Study with Howard Sidman at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. 1958 to 1963
- First Solo X 1959 at Mac Center for the Arts
- American Academy of Art  and The School of the Art Institute (Figure Drawing) 1963
- Layton School of Art in Milwaukee 1964
- Washington University in St. Louis 1964-1970
   (Instructed at Washington University 1972-74

I work in any and all mediums in drawing/painting/sculpture
Figurative/Formal Representation
3) What do you try to express in your work? For me the expression is in the creative process not the product.  The product is only a faint reflection of the original experience.

4) What artists/professionals have been your biggest influences? Francis Bacon, Isabel Bishop, Charles Bragg, Bruegel, Corot, Coubert, R. Crumb, Daumier, De Kooning, Delacroix, Diebenkorn, Dubuffet, Durer, Frank Duveneck, Giacometti, Arshile Gorky, Goya, Franz Hals, Hans Hofmann, Hokusai,   Holbein, Wassily Kandinsky, Ingres, Wolf Kahn, Klimt, Franz Kline, Lautrec, Mantegna, Javier Marin, Matisse, Michelangelo, Modigliani, Henry Moore, Rembrandt, Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Rubens, Schiele, Sorolla, Antonio Tapies, Tiepolo, Titian, Euan Uglow, Anthony Van Dyck, Velazquez, Rogier van der Weyden, Whistler, Zurbaran and Zorn to name a few.

5) What do you do to gain new inspiration for your work? Get out of bed.

6) What would you like to be doing with your art ten years from now? Breathing

7) Do you set goals for yourself concerning the making of your art? Yes, but they change every few minutes.

8) Are you happy with your job choice as an artist? Do you have any regrets in this career choice or things you would have done differently? In the end if you had a choice you are probably not an artist

9) Any fun or interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share? Yes

10) Best piece of advice for other artists?  Being an Artist is not for sissies.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Upcoming Workshop with Don Mullins

Texas PSoA members: consider attending this workshop by master artist, Don Mullins!

About the Instructor:  Don Mullins is one of only five Texas artists who have won awards from the Portrait Society of America. Don started his professional painting career in landscape, and then fell in love with figurative art.  He attended the renowned Lyme Academy of Fine Art  in Connecticut where he studied in the classic tradition of figurative anatomy. His colorful and distinctive style attracts clients from families and the business community. He has also received awards for his work from Oil Painters of America, Artist’s Magazine and the Lyme Academy of Fine Art. Don is a participating artist at Legacy Portrait Painters at Rail Station Studios in historic downtown Plano. 

Visual Expressions Creative Art Studio

Artist Don Mullins

 1425 N. Hwy 67 
(10 minutes from Downtown Dallas)
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

January 11, 2012 every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks


Contact the Visual Expressions Creative Art Studio at 972-293-1117 ( for registration and your supply list, or contact Don Mullins at 817-465-6064 ( 

We look forward to seeing you in January!