Saturday, January 28, 2017

Please welcome our newest members

The Texas Chapter of the Portrait Society of America welcomes the following new members:

Juan Cantavella, Magnolia
Anita Chen, Dallas
B. Shawn Cox, Austin
Colquitt Davis, Dallas
Yu Fan, Plano
Dennis Farris, Fort Worth
Judy Gelfert, Arlington
Kimberli Gray, Belton
Abbie Guzman, Fort Worth
Barbara Hack, Flower Mound
Shelly Hubel, Southlake
Elizabeth Jung, Georgetown
Barbara Keilson, Dallas
Mary LaGarde, Houston
E. Melinda Morrison, Fort Worth
David Philips, Dallas
Kim Roberti, Tow
Allan Rosen, Dallas
Kristi Standley, Austin
Irena Taylor, San Antonio
Pat Terry, Austin
Daniela Werneck, Katy
Cynthia Xue, Bellaire

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Please welcome Kim Roberti

Name: Kim Roberti
City: Tow, Texas

My art journey began in 2000. I began studying how-to books, learning from artists near and far,  including  6 years studying privately with the renown masters Sherrie McGraw and David Leffel, from whom I learned the classic Rembrandt chiaroscuro genre.
At the other end of the spectrum,  I took a couple workshops from Milt Kobayashi, a Japanese American Artist, with whom I learned the influence of Asian art.
In 2007,  I joined the DailyPainters group, and have since painted at a rate of anywhere from 1 to 3 small paintings a day,  7 days a
week, 365 days a year. I began selling them on eBay and have garnered thousands of collectors from all corners of the world.
I favor figures/portraits subjects in which I found rich and endlessly interesting ways to express myself.
My web presence may be found at the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Please drop by my blog for daily posting on

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Announcing Classes with Brenda Hash, Missouri City, TX

Brenda Hash, PSA

Fine Art and Portraiture

Here are the two art classes I will be offering this spring.
Class sizes are limited to 10 students!

Feb 2nd – May 11th, Thursdays 

(No class Mar 9Apr 20, and Apr 27)


Gates Fine Art Building
2205 Avenue I, Rosenberg, TX 77471
      • Morning Class, 9:00am – NOONPainting with Charcoal
      • Afternoon Class, 1:30pm – 4:30pm: Art of Your Choice
More specifically....

Painting with Charcoal
Emily, charcoal 16x14" by Brenda Hash, PSA

Come discover some fun ways to work with charcoal. The subject matter will change. We will start with a landscape to understand the techniques and then move to subjects you choose. We will use brushes, stumps, powdered charcoal, charcoal pencils, charcoal bricks, kneaded erasers and acetone spray for some exciting painterly effects.

Cost: $450 (twelve, 3-hour classes) 

Art of Your Choice

Pink Roses, oil, 12x24" by Brenda Hash, PSA

Work in pastels, oils or charcoal and choose your own photo references. Several brief lectures will be given during the semester to review composition choices, correct use of perspective, color analysis, and problems using photographic references. This is your opportunity to study what you want to study and paint what you want to paint!

Cost: $450 (twelve, 3-hour classes) 

To Register:  Send half of the class fee now ($225 for one class or $450 for both classes), along with your contact information (phone #, email address, street address) to:

Brenda Hash  -                              
Fine Art & Portraiture        
9125 Shorelake Dr         
Missouri City, TX 77459

Note:  The balance of the class fee ($225 for one class or $450 for both classes) will be due at the first class session on February 2nd.

Looking forward to a new year of creating with you!!

Brenda Hash, PSA -
  Fine Art & Portraiture

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Workshop with JOHN REGER, Houston, Texas

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Winners of the 2017 Texas Top Ten Competition

Thank you to all who entered the 2017 Texas Top Ten Competition and to our esteemed judge, Michael Mentler

Drum roll, please..........
The following artists are the winners of the 2017 Texas Top Ten Competition. 

 Gini Morelock-Bosco, Turquoise Earrings

Stephen Zhang, Rialto, 36x48", watercolor on paper

Karen Offutt, Lighthouse, 24x18", Oil on board

Nancy Boren, Sing Your Song 20x20", oil on canvas

Ann Kraft Walker,  Never Fails, 12x14", oil on canvas

Bo TanBill Gates, 44x60, oil on canvas

Jennifer Balkan,  Sisters, 24x30", oil on wood panel 

 James Tennison, Governor Rick Perry, 30x25", oil

 Naomi Hughes, Girl in Yellow

Suzie Baker, Vigil, 30x24", oil on linen

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gene Dillard: Two or Three Day Portrait Workshop, Plano, TX

2 or 3-Day Workshop 

Creating vibrant portraits…finding colors inside values

Friday, January 27Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Rail Station Studios

1013 15th Place, St. 101, Plano, TX 
In addition to our on-going practice of focusing on the basics of portrait painting (proportions, gesture, likeness, flesh tones, etc.) in this workshop we will address the challenging and exciting quest for vibrant colors within value patterns.I find that this is one of the least understood areas among aspiring and accomplished portrait painters. 

We will study the techniques of master portrait painters and learn from their methods of mastering colors inside values. Because painting figurative works is about “seeing” in special ways, we will be painting from a few different live models that will challenge what to look for in different facial and skin tone types. We’ll study techniques for seeing and using warm and cool color temperatures to create amazingly rich flesh tones. The workshop will include up to three full days of instruction and painting from these live models. 

The full 3 days is recommended in order to get full benefit from the workshop…FridaySaturday and Sunday (from 9:00 till 4:00 each day.) However, we are offering an option of choosing any two of those days…studio space permitting.

The total workshop fee for all three days is $300. The fee for two days is $200. A refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a spot in the workshop. The balance can be paid prior to, or at the beginning of the workshop. 
To sign up go to: 
Or, just give me a call at 214-403-9171.
To conveniently pay online, go to  
Workshop outline and supply list will be provided as you sign up. If you have other questions about supplies, outline or anything, please call Gene Dillard 214-403-9171

Rail Station Studios and Gallery

1013 15th Place 
Plano, Texas 75074

(Suite #101)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Please welcome Juan Cantavella

Name: Juan Cantavella
City:     Magnolia Texas
Bio:     Juan Cantavella was born in Orleans, France on June 14, 1941 in the middle

of WWII, from refugee Spanish parents after they fled from Franco’s

regime. In 1948 his family moved to Venezuela looking for better


Growing up in Venezuela, when he was 15, he discovered his interest in art

while he was convalescing from a surgery. Starting with “paint by numbers”

kits he rapidly began painting on his own using the kit’s left over paints. His

father thought that Juan should not waste time painting but study hard to

become somebody with a future. However, he never quit painting, without

direction or teaching, since art school was never an option. With the help of

his mother Juan continued to paint with brushes and paints she secretly

provided him.

Once he finished high school he enrolled in the University to study Physics

to satisfy his father’s desire of wanting Juan to become a scientist. After

three semesters trying to move forward in vain he enrolled in Architectural

studies which was the closest major related to his artistic aspirations, leaving

his father greatly disappointed.

Life became complicated when Juan got married. He had to work to support

his family and attend classes at the University. Painting fell to third place in

priorities. Nevertheless inspired by the free hand drawing classes he was

taking at the University; in 1968 he painted “Nino Japreria” for the Annual

Salon of Architecture Students.

After earning his Architecture degree, and with three small children, work

responsibilities kept his painting opportunities at the hobby level for many

years, painting from time to time when some long weekend or little vacation

gave him the freedom to paint something. But Juan never stopped dreaming

of painting full time, perhaps when he retired. In that difficult time he

painted “Tarzan” in 1985 for a competition organized by the Government of

the Sucre Estate for the 400 th anniversary of the City of Cumana, Venezuela,

winning an Honorable Mention.

In 2002, he came to America looking for new opportunities as the

Venezuelan economy and political landscape deteriorated rapidly. It was

here he discovered that his dream of painting could become a reality. In

2005 he began painting murals in private homes and businesses building a

strong client portfolio in the San Francisco area that kept him busy.

Juan continued his self instruction by alternating his work as a Muralist with

a constant study and practice focused on improving his knowledge, skills

and technique.

In 2014 Juan moved form California to Texas where he settled his studio in

the Houston area, now painting full time in pursuit of the highest artistic

levels, Juan says that art is a never-ending learning process.

Juan Cantavella is a member of:

The Woodlands art League

Lone Star Art Guild

Portrait Society of America

Oil Painters of America

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society