Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Face-Off in Fort Worth, December 3

 Deborah Allison of Euless, Anastasia Chybireva-Fender of Dallas, and Steve Ko of Lewisville, all Texas members of the Portrait Society of America, 
will paint a live model at the 
Saturday, December 3, from 6pm-9pm 

Milan Gallery
505 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: 817-338-4278

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Stellar "Keller" Review!

I can not tell you enough what a great show "We the People" turned out to be.   The Arts Board, the city staff, Mayor and Council members and our citizens all love it.    We were thrilled to see it wasn't a bank president  "stodgy, stiff" portrait style show. ( Which is what most thought, I'm sure, when I suggested it.)   This was an awesome collection of style, media and vibrant  REAL people from all walks of life....just exactly what we were after.   The faces captured so beautifully by these amazing artists, tell the story; these are the voters of this great nation in all their diversity and interests.   The Keller citizens that came to Town Hall during early voting were blown away by these wonderful images and we received many great comments and accolades.   We can not thank you enough for sharing your art with our community.  The "paint off" was a fun and novel addition to the reception and a fabulous opportunity for people to see professional artists at work. They all three did an amazing, spellbinding job.   Thank you!
Thanks again for an awesome show!!!   

Brenda J. Wyatt
Chair- Keller Public ARTS

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2017 Texas Top Ten Competition is OPEN

Texas Top Ten Competition
Call For Entries
All Artists Living in Texas
The "Texas Top Ten" is a FREE online competition open for artists living in the state of Texas; Portrait Society of America membership is not required. This online competition is presented to you by the Texas State Ambassador, Gaye Sekula, in coordination with the Portrait Society of America. 

Certificates recognizing the Top Ten winners will be awarded. The winners will also be featured in the Portrait Society of America's Website, State Ambassador E-News and our quarterly journal, The Art of the Portrait .

The submission form is available now through
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at midnight.

Rules and Eligibility
  • Artist must reside in Texas. (Portrait Society faculty, juror, board members, and Texas ambassador are not permitted to enter the competition.)
  • Only one work may be submitted per entrant. (Sculptors may submit up to four views of a single work.)
  • Submit Portrait and Figurative works only
  • No works involving photographic printing or mechanical processes in the actual final product will be permitted.
  • No classroom works or works produced under assistance of instructors will be permitted.
Image Specifications
  • The .jpg format is required. Your file dimensions should be at least 400 x 400 pixels but should not exceed 1024 x 1024. 
  • Please label your .jpg image with your first and last name. For example, gaye-sekula.jpg

If you have any questions or concerns about the Texas Top Ten Competition, please contact the Portrait Society's 
Texas State Ambassador, Gaye Sekula, at
Portrait Society of America presents:
The Art of the Portrait Conference
April 20 - 23, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia 

The Portrait Society of America is returning to Washington, D.C. to celebrate our 19th annual conference. Attendees will have a chance to fuel their artistic journeys with exciting programs from new and returning faculty. Join us, along with 800 artists from around the globe, to spend four days experiencing a diverse array of demonstrations, illustrated lectures, portfolio reviews, our 6 x 9" Mystery Art Sale, an exhibit of finalists of the prestigious International Portrait Competition, and so much more.

Click HERE to visit our website for more information and to register today.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Featuring New Member, David Philips

Name: David Philips
Current City: Dallas, TX

When and how did you first become seriously interested in art?  There was never a time in my memory when art wasn't omnipresent and important to me. I have several artists in my family's past, so genetics played a big part for me.
What is your training and what medium(s) subject matter do you work in?  Art in school was a given subject for me every year.  It was the degree I graduated from college under and last year, I attended an atelier in London for a week long portrait intensive.  I work in oil primarily, but I love to draw as well.  People have always held a fascination for me, so that always seems to be what I'm working on.
What do you try to express in your work?  I always go for the truth in my work as it applies to whatever or whomever I'm working on.  The subject's core.
What artists/professional have been your biggest influences?  Odd Nerdrum, Lautrec, Klimt, Whistler, Freud, Velasquez, Sorolla.
What do you do to gain new inspiration for your work?  To gain new inspiration, I'll drive to parts of town I've never been to garner a new perspective or change my routine like go to flea markets or curio shops.  Anything to flip my brain off auto pilot.
What would you like to be doing ten years from now Painting portraits.
Do you set goals for yourself concerning the making of your art?  Sure, but I don't adhere to them to rigidly if it's at the expense of the paintings outcome.  Sometimes a break for a day or two from a piece will give you a fresh eye.  It's important not to get a stale feeling about my work.
Are you happy about your job choice as an artist?  No regrets in  being an artist.  Never, never, never!
Any fun or interesting facts you'd like to share?  I'm a little quirky sometimes.  I think that applies to most artist though.
Best piece of advice for other artists?  Know thy self.  You'll save yourself a lot of self doubts about your artistic choices that way!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Face-Off in Keller, Texas

A big THANK YOU to Gene Dillard, Ken MacFarlane and D.K. Richardson for the wonderful job they did in representing the Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America! They each participated in the Face-Off, Thursday, November 10,  at the reception for the "We the People" exhibit in Keller, Texas.

Face-Off in Keller, Texas

Ken MacFarlane

Gene Dillard and D.K. Richardson

Gene Dillard

D.K. Richardson

Ken MacFarlane

Friday, November 4, 2016

Featuring Member: Rosslyn Duncan


Name: Rosslyn Duncan
Current City:- Houston,Texas.

Rosslyn Duncan is an internationally recognized artist born in 1963, raised in Scotland,United Kingdom. She began her artistic journey when she graduated in 1985,with a BAhons degree in Art and a  Post-Graduate Diploma in Jewellery the following year. In 1991 she was awarded a Masters in Higher Education by Aberdeen University, in Scotland. 
She held her first solo show of work at the age of 24,at Aberdeen Art Gallery in Scotland and since re-locating  to the USA, in 2001(with her husband's work), she has exhibited extensively from New York, Los Angeles to London,and throughout Italy -Malta, Perugia, Florence and, this December, in Lecce.
She explained her love of color and the figure led her to discover the Portrait Society of America in 2006, when she became a member. Since then she has studied with numerous prolific artists which have helped her in the painting process. She agrees with the idea of an artist consistently evolving until they can hear their own voice, as this is vital to the 'artists'  own development . Rosslyn spent four years developing her drawing  of the  human body studying cadavers in St.George's Hospital in Tooting, London. During this time she taught post-graduate medical students how to apply certain drawing techniques to their assignments in anatomy  and began a competition with anatomist Dr. Adds, to encourage the students to look carefully and with detail at their anatomy studies. This competition was named after Henry Gray of Gray's anatomy as he studied at St.George's in the 1860's. This year her work is on exhibition at the Uffizi,in Florence and the Palazzo Ximenez Panciatichi, on the 10-14th of November 2016.
She has also been awarded for High Artistic Recognition and for Human Rights 2016 (this award is dedicated to Pope VI ,Pope of Humanity) by the Italian Academies of Visual Arts, Associazone Culturale.Awarding ceremony is on the 17th of December 2016.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"We the People" Exhibit, Reception and Face-Off

November 1 - 23, 2016; 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday

An Evening with the Artists Reception

Date: 11/10/2016 7:00PM - 9PM

Join us for refreshments and enjoy as Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America participate in a "Face-Off". 

Keller Town Hall
1100 Bear Creek Parkway 
Keller, Texas 

Featured Artists: Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America: Gene Dillard, Kathryn Holter, Michael Holter, Ken MacFarlane, DK Richardson, Gaye Sekula and Tim Woolsey. 2015 Keller's Got Talent "Best in Show" and 2016 First Place - Oil Painting awards recipient, Stefan Huyghe.
As we come together to elect a new president, the Keller Public Arts Program shares an exhibit of portraits which draws the viewer into the diversified citizenry that encompasses our societal melting pot. The Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America; Gene Dillard, Kathryn Holter, Michael Holter, Ken MacFarlane, DK Richardson, Gaye Sekula and Tim Woolsey, along with our own 2015 Keller's Got Talent "Best in Show" and 2016 First Place - Oil Painting awards recipient, Stefan Huyghe bring their interpretations of the human face and its similarities and complexities to life through oil, acrylic, pastel and scratchboard media. 

Visit Keller Town Hall between November 1 and 23, between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday, and view the portrait creations of these nationally known, award winning artists. You are invited to attend Thursday evening, November 10th for our Evening with the Artists, from 7 to 9 pm. Some of the artists will be demonstrating their artistic talent while our guests enjoy the art, conversation and refreshments.
Gene Dillard, currently a Plano resident has a background in graphics. He received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Austin and another from The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.  Visit his website at
Kathryn Holter, "has a passion for creating realistic images that tell a story. Every person has their own unique inner beauty which I hope I've captured on canvas." See more of Kathryn's work at
Michael Holter says "My work is impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting...and perhaps believable.."

Stefan Huyghe, born in Antwerp, Belgium and raised in Switzerland, says "My art has been the means to an end, the tool to find my true self and to discover the real world around me. Painting for me is a spiritual experience. I try to bring straight-up photo realism with a twist. When my hand adds or subtracts from reality I don't only report, I create."
Ken MacFarlane was raised in Carrollton, Texas and has homes in both Tucson, Arizona and Breckenridge, Texas. He has used pencil as his primary media, "turning a flat piece of white paper into horses and people and rivers or anything I want." More recently he has discovered the art of scratchboard. "It is like pencil in reverse." 
DK Richardson offers, "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." Her art is a mix of contemporary and classical painting, with the focus on realism.
Gaye Sekula believes "Painting is much like meditation. It is being present and keenly aware, but at the same time, letting go and trusting in all you have learned thus far. Whether it is described as "following the muse," "Feeling the hand of God on yours," or "being in the flow," it is something undefinable, yet undeniable. The following quote sums it up quite well, "We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too."