Thursday, May 23, 2013

News from Carol Devereaux

A big Texas shout-out to Dallas Portrait Society member, Carol Devereaux, who won a Purchase Award and Best of Show at the Richardson Civic Art Society's 47th Regional Juried Art Exhibition for her pastel portrait, "Expecting!"

To visit the RCAS website and see the list of winners, click this link:

Congrats to Carol - it is very exciting to see a portrait win Best of Show!

"Expecting!" by Carol Devereaux

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

News from Rail Station Studios and Gallery in Plano

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Department of Art are pleased to present DILLARD3 an exhibition featuring the artwork of three creative cousins who have a special connection with UMHB, Doug Dillard, Don Dillard, and Gene Dillard.
An Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m.  
The exhibit opens on May 16 and continues through June 26, 2013, at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Art Gallery. Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts is located on the corner of 9th and Shine streets on the UMHB campus, Belton, Texas. Admission is free. 

About Us
Gene Dillard
Gene is a native of Bartlett, Texas, and graduated from Bartlett High School. He attended Baylor University, received a Bachelors Degree in Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a Degree in Fine Art from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In addition to a life-long pursuit of fine art and painting, he engaged in a long career with major advertising agencies.

Gene's mother, Ellen Ford Dillard, attended UMHB in 1927. His two sisters, Margaret Dillard Burns Behrens and Janis Dillard McMullen, graduated with degrees in music in the 1960s. And his wife's sister, Sue Allen May, also attended UMHB in the 1960s.

 "Louise" Oil on Canvas 30 x 40

Don Dillard Don is a native of Temple, Texas. He graduated from Temple High School as well as Temple College, prior to attending the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

He met his future wife, Camille Munk, on a blind date at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor while working for a Temple architect. They married a year later and lived in College Station while he completed his studies. Camille received her degree from UMHB and has been an active alumni since her graduation. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
   "Stagecoach Inn" Watercolor 11 x 14
    Click here to see more samples

Doug Dillard Doug is native of Temple, Texas. He graduated from Temple High School, Baylor University and
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He collected many honors as a pioneer in church public relations and communications but is best known for his "Brother Blotz" cartoons and 30 years as editorial cartoonist for The Baptist Standard.

He returned to his Bell County roots in 2007 to marry JoAn Musick-Dillard 72 years after she turned down his first proposal when they were 5-year-old neighbors. JoAn, a long-time trustee and benefactor of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, was awarded honorary Doctor of Humanities
degree in 1995.

   "Bro. Blotz" Pen and Ink 11 x 8.5

For more information, contact Gene Dillard
Note: Gene also exhibits at Griffith Fine Art Gallery in Salado.

The Unveiling of the Plano
Downtown Face-to-Face Portrait Collection
Took place Saturday, May 11 at the ArtCentre of Plano
The ArtCentre of Plano is located at
901 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074

The Historic Downtown Plano Association, with a goal to highlight and bring attention to the character and personality the exciting downtown Plano district, has sponsored this year long project. The Assistance Center of Collin County is the designated charity for the downtown association and will be the beneficiary of the sale of the portraits.

The reception on May 11 included a presentation of the portraits by oil painter Gene Dillard and photographer Gaby Pruitt of Downtown Plano's Rail Station Studios, the creators of the portraits.

Remarks were offered by Frank Turner, Deputy City Manager of Plano; Bonnie Shea, President of the Historical Downtown Plano Association; Chief Brain Crawford, Plano Fire Department Chief; and Tanya Sastoque, Executive Direct or of the Assistance Center of Colin County. Portraits of each of these individuals are also subjects in the exhibition.

Gene Dillard
Rail Station Studios 

1013  15th Place #101

Historic Downtown Plano  (See map below)

Portraits by Gene Dillard and Gaby Puritt
Scroll down to view a selection of samples of
"Downtown Face-to-Face" portraits  

by Gene Dillard and Gaby Pruitt


 Jeff Sparks, Ye Ole Butcher Shop
20" x 16" Photogaphy
by Gaby Pruitt 


 Judy Jackson, Cobweb Antiques 

20" x 16" Oil on Canvas 

    by Gene Dillardael uses a unique 

Derrick and Angela  
Angela's on the Crosswalk
20" x 16" Sepia Photograph
by Gaby Pruitt
   Frank Turner, Deputy City Manager of Plano
 Oil on Canvas 20" x 16"
by Gene Dillard

Tanya Sastoque, Executive Director
Assistance Center of Collin County 
Color Photography
by Gaby Pruitt
Brian Crawford, Fire Chief
Plano Fire Department 
Oil on canvas  20 x 16 
by Gene Dillard

Rail Station Studio / Gallery  

We hope you will visit our studio gallery at your convenience. Our hours are "by chance or by appointment." So, you may want to give us a call just to be sure we're open when you visit. 


Visit Rail Station Studios any time and enjoy seeing our unique exhibits of figurative art, photography and landscapes. We will also be glad to share information helpful to you in considering commissioning a portrait to honor a family member, an associate or someone to whom you wish to pay tribute. We also will have a variety of exhibitions throughout the year for you to view. We'll keep you posted.

We would appreciate your sharing our Facebook page with your friends to help spread the word about Rail Station Studios and Legacy Portrait Painters.   

Monday, May 6, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Lenore Prud'Homme

Lenore Prud'Homme of Houston, TX, is this month's Spotlight Artist. If you would like to be in the spotlight, please email your information to Anna at

Artist Biography:

Artist Lenore Prud'Homme
Lenore Prud'Homme is of French and Italian heritage, born in Louisiana, but grew up in Odessa, Texas and claims Texas as her home. She graduated from Permian High School and received a full scholarship in art to the University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing. Lenore was the first student at The University of Texas to cast in bronze.  After college, the  well known  sculptor , Charles Umlauf  became her mentor, and in the summer of 1969 she was given one of Mr. Umlauf’s commissions for a bust of the Director of the American Red Cross.

Years of modeling and drawing the human form developed her passion for figurative work and portraits.

Lenore was hired by the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio as a medical illustrator from 1969 – 1973. Four years there exposed her to the inner workings of the human form as well as graphic and scientific illustrations.

After a 33 year marriage,  2 children and numerous philantrophic endeavors as a pioneer in The Woodlands, Texas in the early 80’s, Lenore found an old abandoned farmstead in Round Top, Texas and set about creating  her 3 dimensional canvas called the Outpost @ Cedar Creek Inn. Here she fulfilled a hidden talent for restoration , design and hospitality.

Her efforts have been acknowledged in numerous publications and she has won several awards in the hospitality industry.  Her inn was selected by the number 1 travel book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die. The inn has recently been purchased by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic Couture, and Lenore has set up a studio in Houston, Texas to begin her commissioned portrait work and figurative painting.
She has come full circle and is more passionate than ever about her figure and portrait work.

Interview with Spotlight Artist for May, Lenore Prud'Homme:

1) When and how did you first became seriously interested in art? I started my love of art very early as a child doing paint by number kits of all things, on my bedroom floor. When I had an opportunity to take art classes in school, I was hooked and rather quickly gained a reputation.

2) What is your training, and what medium(s) / subject matter do you work in? I was fortunate to have had a full scholarship in art to The University of Texas in Austin. I wanted to get my degree in painting , but , alas, the department was too avant garde for me and I ended up majoring in sculpture and drawing, hence my love of the figure and portraits. I find myself, this late in life, having the time, now to devote to honing painting skills. My love is oil medium.

3) What do you express in your work? As my work evolves, I am constantly attempting to incorporate the elements that I admire in other artists' works and from study in selective workshops. I am beginning to realize that my portrait style is becoming fresh with a breath of air.

4) What artists/professionals have been your  biggest influences? My greatest admiration is for Sargent and his ilk, who is everyone's paradigm it seems. I am in awe of the works of Schmid.

Gracelyn, by Lenore Prud'Homme
5) What do you do to gain new inspiration for your work? My inspiration , now that I have time to devote to my art, is drawing, drawing and more drawing. Workshops are my interest currently, to learn as much as I can from differing executioners. The model and figure are forever an inspiration.

6) What would you like to be doing with your art ten years from now? Hopefully, 10 years from now, my diligent effort will bring forth a portrait that is second nature to execute to where I can continue to explore possibilites. I hope to have commissions lined up, especially of children.

7) Do you set goals for yourself concerning the making of your art? My goals are to continue to draw and gain a reputation as a fine artist.

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?  I am realizing that professional artists are some of the happiest people I encounter. Those who are on the journey seem frustrated and must keep searching. I am in the early stage of art as a career, even this late in life, but I finally have the time to give it the attention it demands to reach my goals.

9) Any fun or interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share? I weave my art into my daily life in many ways: decorating, designing anything, cooking, sewing and dressing.

10) Best piece of advice for other artists?  Draw, draw, draw, work, work, work.

Mary Lou, by Lenore Prud'Homme
Madelyn, by Lenore Prud'Homme

Phone: 713-899-9401