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“Liz” Wins Award at New York Exhibition

“Liz” Wins Award at New York Exhibition

What fun to be in New York getting an award at the National Arts Club from the President of the Pastel Society of America, Jimmy Wright.

Accepting Award from Jimmy Wright

The PSA hosts its Enduring Brilliance Exhibition each year at the National Arts Club in New York and it’s a great excuse to visit Manhattan and see a few Broadway plays. My pastel painting, Liz, received the Allied Artists of America Award this year and was selected as one of twenty pieces from the exhibit to travel to The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. I’m so pleased that “Liz” is on the road and getting to be seen by a larger audience. If you’re in Ohio, December through February 2017, go check out the exhibit.

Many thanks to my little sister for making the trip fun and memorable. Here we are with our favorite building…The Flat Iron! Check out the red “No Standing Anytime” sign behind us…oops!

Sisters

Portrait Conference – Part 6

Portrait Conference – Part 6

The show within a show at the Portrait Society of America Conference (one that I aspire to be juried into) is the PSoA International Portrait Competition Finalists Exhibition. I was in the “runner-ups” two years ago and received a Certificate of Excellence, but I digress. Here are my personal favorites from this year’s exhibition. Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 5

Portrait Conference – Part 5

Demonstrations at the Portrait Society of America Conference are plentiful and do not disappoint. I’ll share some of my favorites here and direct you to the artists’ websites for better images of their work, but you do realize – “You really had to be there!” Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 4

Portrait Conference – Part 4

As a female artist, I do recognize there are hurdles that female artists encounter that our male counterparts do not. Many of those hurdles revolve around the need to divide our attention between painting and the responsibilities of children and home. To respond to this Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 3

Portrait Conference – Part 3

Artists should strike a balance between being paid for their artwork and donating to the arts. We want to be paid so that we can continue to buy art supplies and pay our bills, but it’s also important to give back to the art community that inspires and encourages your professional growth. That’s why I Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 2

Portrait Conference – Part 2

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Portrait Conference – Part 1

Portrait Conference – Part 1

One of the best things about this conference is getting great tips from some of the best portrait artists in the world. James Gurney opened the conference with Read more...

Portrait Society of America Conference 2016

Portrait Society of America Conference 2016

There is no better place to gain new inspiration than to be in the nation’s capital with 750 portrait artists under one roof…it was a big roof. But I’ll start with the end of the story; returning to Houston in a storm. The flooding was on national news. Here is my personal story. Read more...

From Oldest to Largest at the Kimbell

From Oldest to Largest at the Kimbell

The oldest painting in the Kimbell’s Botticelli to Braque exhibition is one they tried to purchase for themselves in 1999, Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child also known as the Wemyss Madonna (c. 1490). In the final hours Read more...

The Vale of Dedham at the Kimbell

The Vale of Dedham at the Kimbell

Confession time… Normally I don’t spend allot of time in front of landscapes, but George Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell and curator of the Botticelli to Braque exhibition I recently visited, is said to have picked this painting as his favorite piece in the entire exhibit. He jokingly said  Read more...