Monday, May 30, 2016

Featuring Member: John M. Deleon

"Alvaro", 16"x 20", Oil on Canvas

John M. Deleon
San Antonio Texas.

Artist statement:

My subject matter is primarily the human form, not only in portraits but in the human figure as well. My figures and portraits are in a realistically rendered to accurately represent its form. In the past I have worked mostly with pencil charcoal and pastels. I also work in digital painting however, not as much as I have worked in the latter mediums. I have worked slightly in oils but for the most part it has been in dry mediums. I also work in the fantasy genre but I approach it with the same realistic visual theme.

My goals in art are to extend what I can do in pencil and charcoal to oil painting and digital painting. I feel that art is not as prominent in our everyday lives as it once was. Everyone should have art in their lives in a personal and touching way. I think that by specializing in portrait and fantasy portrait work I can bring art into the homes of more people. It is my goal to strengthen my skills in painting so that I can do my part in bringing art into the lives of more people.

I do not offer classes, but I do commissioned works in pencil, charcoal, or oil paints. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Featuring Member: Ceci Luepnitz

"Thank Him for the World so Sweet!", 12"x16", Oil on Linen

Name: Ceci Luepnitz
City: College Station, texas

Bio: It's impossible to talk about my painting without talking about my love for God and my deep desire to please Him in all I do. I believe that all artistic endeavors made by men depend on God and should be used for His glory and that no artist can paint anything worthwhile unless God enables them. He is the one who created all of the beauty of this earth and the one who created each and every person completely unique down to the last detail!
The purpose of my art is to make an effort to record the beauty of God's creation on canvas, and I believe portrait painting is the most challenging of all artistic endeavors. It is my goal and desire to work diligently to capture not only my client's physical likeness, but also the dignity and uniqueness of their individual character and personality. My desire is that each painting will be a blessing to the client and their family for many years to come.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Featuring Member: Steven DaLuz

"Becoming", 60" x 48",  Oil, Metal Leaf on Panel
Name:  Steven DaLuz
Current City:  San Antonio, TX


Steven DaLuz is an artist known for figurative works and imagined landscapes, employing a process he devised using metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. His paintings often reflect upon the sublime and the expressive beauty of the human figure.

Born in Hanford, California, 1953, Steve’s art studies were interrupted by a decision to serve as a medic during the Vietnam War era after just one semester at San Antonio College. While serving in the Air Force, he completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management. Throughout, he remained devoted to making art in his free time. After living 13 years in other countries, Steve retired from the Air Force, and re-engaged his lifelong passion for art by resuming his studies at San Antonio College, where he completed an AAS in Graphic Design. He completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2003, with a concentration in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. The City of San Antonio’s Fiesta Commission selected DaLuz’s painting, “Dance of Fiesta” for its official Fiesta Poster for 2007. He was selected for acceptance into the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Biennales in Florence, Italy, and his works have been published in art periodicals, such as American Art Collector, Art in America, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artists, Professional Artist, The Huffington Post and Poets and Artists magazine, where he received the cover for the Nov 2009 Issue. His "Watchers" exhibition in San Antonio sold out on opening night in 2011. He recently had two works selected for publication in the book, Strokes of Genius 3: The Best of Drawing, released in 2011 and Strokes of Genius 6, and 7 released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. His work was also selected for publication in the International Drawing Annual (INDA 10), scheduled for release in Spring, 2016. Additionally, his encaustic work was recently published in the book, Encaustic Art. He was a featured speaker at the Representational Art Conference (TRAC 2014), in Los Angeles, where he spoke on the Sublime in 21st Century representational art. DaLuz was invited by California Lutheran University to exhibit in March 2013 with renowned figurative artists David Jon Kassan, Jeremy Lipking, Tony Pro, Alexey Steele and others. His self-portraits were accepted into the 2011 and 2012 National Self-Portrait Exhibitions at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL. Naming his “72” exhibition one of San Antonio’s Best exhibits for 2008, Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express-News Art Critic, called the artwork, “…perhaps the city’s most creative response yet to 9-11.” He was invited to participate in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition in 2014. He curated the December issue of Poets & Artists magazine, titled, "The Power of Drawing", showcasing 100 drawings from across the globe. He was selected as a finalist for the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize in 2015. He donates artwork and portions of proceeds from sales of his work to benefit many charitable causes. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Skopje, Macedonia, Artists Space, New York, NY, and many other commercial and university galleries. DaLuz is an "Art Ambassador" for Canson-Royal Talens, promoting Canson, Arches, and BFK Rives papers, as well as Rembrandt oil paints. Widely collected, DaLuz's drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 21 States and several foreign countries. Some of the corporate collectors of his work include: Citicorp Headquarters, Houston, Texas; Methodist Hospital-Stone Oak, San Antonio; Schell, Mitchell & Cooley, LLP, Dallas; Hermann Memorial Ambulatory Center, Houston; Hermann Memorial Southwest Vascular Institute, Houston; Orthopedic Specialists of Texas, Sugar Land, TX; and many others. His work is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and the Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Featuring Member: Layne Johnson

"Rachel", 24" x 30",  Oil on Panel
Name: Layne Johnson Studio
City: Grapeland, TX

I’m Layne Johnson and I’ve been painting since I was 12 years old! I love painting, and for me, the best paintings often tell a story. In fact, I’ve painted art for more than 20 books for children over the last 15 years – winning numerous accolades and a handful of awards. One of my books even won the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award.
These days I work in my dream studio in the heart of the East Texas piney woods, creating fine art oil paintings, specializing in representational landscapes and portraits. I love capturing those special moments and unique memories for very special clients. When I paint, I always think in terms of light. Light can be dramatic or very subtle – the way it falls on the tops of trees at dusk or the way it illuminates a person’s face, defining the contours of their character. Light is magical and I paint it!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Featuring Member: Gene Dillard

"Annette", 20" x 16", Oil on Canvas

Gene Dillard

Current City:
1310 15th Place #101
Historic Downtown
Plano, Texas 75074


Artist Statement/Bio
Gene Dillard, PSA 
Gene Dillard comes to portraiture from a background of extensive academic training and experience in the graphics field. He studied art first at Baylor University and then completed his first degree in fine art at the University of Texas at Austin. He then studied at The California Institute of The Arts in Los Angeles and completed his second degree at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
 He has taught art and design classes at Southern Methodist University, The Dallas Art Institute and in the School of Visual Arts at The University of North Texas.

Gene is a member of The Portrait Society of America. He manages Rail Station Studios in Plano, Texas. He exhibits in galleries throughout Texas. His portrait commissions are in private collections throughout the U.S. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Featuring Member: Sherry Clark

"My First Tie" 15" x 11", Pastel

Name: Sherry Clark
City: Fort Worth


I have had a passion for art as long as I can remember. While I was still in elementary school, my teacher asked me to paint murals on her classroom walls.
On several occasions in early childhood, I was blessed to watch my aunt – a wonderful professional artist – paint portraits in pastel. I paint today at her old easel. Other than that long-ago observation, I am self-taught.
As an adult, I have had a terrific means of artistic expression through owning and operating my own interior design business for over 30 years. My husband and I have traveled world-wide and have visited most of the world’s major art museum and galleries.

It is only lately that I have had the time to indulge my passion for painting portraits. I recognize my talent as a GIFT. The world around me dissolves, as I become an instrument of this magic. It is one thing to paint a beautiful portrait, but it is pure joy to paint a beautiful portrait that is also the exact likeness of my subject.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

D.K. Richardson Workshop: Change of Date, Faces of Angels

Name: D.K. Richardson
Current City: Austin, TX

Workshop: Faces of Angels (Pastel Portraits of Children)
Location: Breckenridge, TX - Breckenridge Fine Art Center
Dates: Friday, Oct. 14 & Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $360.00
Supplies not included.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Featuring Member: Anastasiya (Chybireva-Fender)

"Olin as an Ephebe" 16x20" Color Pencils and Gesso

Name: Anastasiya (Chybireva-Fender)
Current City: Dallas
Instagram : @anastasiya_cf

Artist Statement/Bio:
I am a convinced realist with broad specter of experience in subject matter and style in my past. Also I am an Architect in TX/ NY.

My current work deals with portraiture and figure because I consider human being to be a total paradigm of the cosmic beauty, people are holy in some ways. Also human character - that is idiosyncratic to each individual - invisible and ephemeral as it is, can only be captured through portraiture. Quality portraiture. And that is my goal and the reality of my practice.

I offer private and group lessons at people's homes. I would drive to them for their convenience. The details would be arranged over the phone: 516-474-7893

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Featuring Member: Nancy Hines

Trained in the Classic tradition in Florence, Italy as well as throughout public school and universities in the US, my work has had many influences.  It will, no doubt, have many more as I move through this marvelous existence called life.  Born in Austin, I grew up a Marine brat and lived mainly in Virginia, California, and Texas - all very different cultures while fitting beautifully into the delightful unity that is America.  I had several different majors while at the University of Texas, including engineering, advertising, and finally music in which I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with voice as my principal instrument.  I worked a few years teaching gymnastics then returned to Sam Houston State University and earned a teaching certificate in art and theater.           
I taught art and theater in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district for several years and received some commissions for original art before discovering the value of atelier instruction through a workshop in Italy at the prestigious Angel Academy of Art in Florence.  I valued the instruction I received there so much that I cashed in my retirement to attend school in Florence full time… until the money ran out.
I chose not to return to teaching at that point, and for patriotic and adventurous reasons trained as an unexploded ordnance technician then took a job in that field with Northrup Grumman.  After spending a year digging up bombs and building targets for jets at Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada and going through the process of being a live liver donor for my cousin, I was able to save enough money to return to Florence for further art studies.  I returned to teaching for three years during which I completed four portrait commissions and sold several hundred greeting cards based on my work. I began a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 and was able to get back to Italy in 2012.  I completed the program at Angel Academy of Art in 2013 as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University in California in 2014.
I continue to do commissioned work as well as original greeting cards and share my knowledge with up and coming artists at Cy-Ranch High School and Lonestar College.  This year also finds me venturing into a new business with friends called Insight Out.  We are creating coloring journalswhich combine coloring pages on specialized topics with journaling pages to help people through difficult circumstances.  Our first books deal with cancer and its treatments, identity awareness and acceptance, bullying, and the life of military brats (affectionate term from my own experiences).  We are very excited about these books that pair journaling and coloring in a manner that is bold and comforting at the same time.

I do offer classes!  During the summer, I offer private, semi-private, and group lessons in my home studio at the student's convenience.  During the school year, I offer the same on Monday and Wednesday afternoons or evenings.  Private $50/hr, Semi-private (2-3 people) $35/hr, groups of 4 or more $25/hr

Friday, May 13, 2016

Featuring Member: Denise M. Fulton

"Complicated", 18" x 24", Oil on Canvas

Name: Denise M. Fulton
Current City: Austin

About the Artist:
Denise M. Fulton was born in Ohio in 1970. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and promptly disappeared into the corporate world, where she remained for nearly twenty years. While helping to produce dozens of high-profile video games, she devoted much of her time and energy to painting.
Finally recognizing art as her vocation, she began her professional fine art career in 2009. Since then, she has exhibited her work in prestigious shows across the country. Her work is also featured in many private collections.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Featuring Member: D.K. Richardson

"Sara Kate" 11" x 14", Pastel
Name: D.K. Richardson
Current City: Austin, TX

Artist Statement/Bio:
For millions of years humans have portrayed their story on cave walls, animal hides, papyrus, linen, and silk in their fundamental need to leave their legacy for a measure of historical eternity.

Influenced by masters of their craft, such as Da Vinci, Rubens, and Vermeer, Richardson continually strives to obtain an ever higher level of excellence.

Richardson’s focus is Realism. Her work is a hybrid of contemporary and classical painting. The true challenge of her craft is capturing the essence of character.

An award winning artist, Richardson’s work has exhibited in New York City, Stockholm, Madrid, Rome,  
Bucharest, and Paris.

Workshop: Pastel Portrait Workshop
Location: Hobby Lobby Austin, TX
Date: July 9 - Aug 27
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: $360.00
Supplies not included.

Workshop: Faces of Angels (Pastel Portraits of Children)
Location: Breckenridge, TX - Breckenridge Fine Art Center
Dates: Friday, Oct. 14 & Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $360.00
Supplies not included.

Workshop: Renaissance Master Technique - Verdaccio Underpainting & Glazing 
Location: Hobby Lobby Austin, TX
Date: June 4th - July 30 (No Class Sat., July 2nd)
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: $480.00
Supplies not included.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Featuring Member: Tom Garney

"Beth's Tex", 9"x 12", Pastel

Name: Tom Garney
Current City: Georgetown

Artist Statement/Bio:

I am a new artist with a passion for realism. I have been working for the last year to develop my knowledge and skills in the production of fine art using graphite, pastel, and oil. I am currently working hard to transition all my art production to oils. I have studied with D.K. Richardson of Austin, Texas, Michael Ziemba at the University of Texas, and I am currently enrolled in the Virtual Art Academy online fine art school.won third place in the Novice category in the Sun City Visual Arts Club 2015 Fall Juried Art Show with the pastel portrait below. I plan to continue entering completions and shows as often as possible. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Featuring Member: Jennifer Polnaszek

"Tween", 24"x 30", Oil on Canvas

Name:  Jennifer Polnaszek
Current City:  Georgetown, Texas

Artist Statement/Bio:  

My art life began as a child, but it took a back seat to other academic and professional interests for many years. I came to Texas from rural Wisconsin where I worked in the medical profession as both a physician assistant and a registered nurse. 
I studied art at the University of New Mexico, and later continued studies at The Southwest School of Art and the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. I work in a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, graphite and printmaking. Particularly drawn to the human form and to documenting the human experience through my work, I am influenced by both my love of biological science and anthropology.  

In addition to participating in numerous exhibitions in the San Antonio-Austin area, I have received awards at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts , The Southwest School of Art, and Round Rock Arts Imagine and Big Shows.  A watercolor was selected to appear in the June 2014 Splash publication. I am a member of the National Portrait Society, Waterloo Watercolor Group of Austin, Coppini Institute of Fine Art, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association, Texas Watercolor Society, Taylor Art Guild, and Williamson County Art Guild.